The University of New Mexico turns 134 this month and the UNM community is invited to celebrate at Lobo Day, an annual UNM tradition hosted by ASUNM Lobo Spirit, the Student Activities Center (SAC) and University Communication and Marketing (UCAM).

Feb. 28, 1889...

The University of New Mexico was established in the final hours of the 1889 New Mexico Legislature with the signing of a seventy-three section omnibus bill. The bill stated "The object of the University ... shall be to provide inhabitants of The Territory of New Mexico and the future state with the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of thr various branches of literature, science and arts.

Lobo Day will take place on Cornell Mall, east of the SUB, on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a live band that performs at noon, a photo booth, free pop art posters and shirts for the first 134 students that present their Lobo ID.

“We’re celebrating UNM’s 134th birthday but we’re also celebrating being part of a community. We take a group photo in our red shirts which is printed on a large-scale and displayed in the SUB food court as a daily reminder that we belong to something bigger,” said Rudy Montoya, student activities specialist with SAC.

Past birthdays have included an arcade takeover of the SUB Atrium, a massive group project art cube, a piñata and other fun events. This year will be no different, with opportunities to win prizes, eat at food trucks and enjoy Lobo cheer. The theme for this year’s Lobo Day is comic books.

UNM students who submit photos of their school pride for Lobo Day will be entered in a drawing to receive a free gift. Lobos who can’t make the event or are unable to receive a shirt upon entrance will have the opportunity to purchase one at the UNM Bookstore.

Check out the 2023 Lobo Day playlist: