Integrative medicine expert Andrew Weil will deliver the keynote address, "How to be Happy and Healthy in a World that's Not," at the UNM fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. in Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico.

About 1,621 students are projected to receive degrees from UNM's Albuquerque and Extended University campuses, as follows: 1,140 bachelor's degrees, 378 master's degrees, 62 doctorates, 17 juris doctorates, two medical doctorates, seven pharmacy doctorates, seven graduate certificates and eight education specialists. An official degree count is determined following commencement.

At UNM-Gallup, 41 associate degrees and 17 certificates are projected to be awarded; at Los Alamos, nine associate degrees and nine certificates; at Taos, three associate degrees and three certificates; and at Valencia, 25 associate degrees and one certificate.

Weil is director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he is also the Lovell-Jones endowed chair in integrative rheumatology, clinical professor of medicine and professor of public health. He is the author of 11 books, including international bestsellers "Spontaneous Healing" and "8 Weeks to Optimum Health." He has traveled North and South America and Africa collecting information on medicinal plants and alternative methods of treating disease.

Acting President Paul Roth will give opening remarks and confer degrees and Regents President Raymond Sanchez will greet graduates on behalf of the UNM board of regents. UNM regents, administrators, deans and faculty are among the platform group. University Secretary Vivian Valencia is chief marshal. UNM Provost Suzanne Ortega will recognize honors graduates and offer congratulatory remarks.

Lázaro Cárdenas, president of the Associated Students of UNM, and Steve Chreist, president of the Alumni Association, will greet students.

The University Double Brass Quintet, conducted by Doug Doerfert, will play music for the ceremony's prelude and processional. Adam Sterling, music education student, will sing the national anthem and alma mater.

Plan to arrive at least an hour early to allow for traffic and parking congestion and time to walk from the parking lot to Tingley Coliseum. Carpool when possible.

College, branch and departmental convocation ceremonies are scheduled Dec. 16-18. For more information and the convocation schedule, visit UNM fall com­mence­ment.

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