The University of New Mexico welcomes two entrepreneurs, from two different eras, to share their perspectives on success with the Fall 2014 Graduating class. Shane Evangelist, CEO of US Auto Parts, Inc. has been selected as the speaker for the undergraduate program, and USC Dean of the Marshall School of Business James Ellis, is slated to speak at the master’s and doctoral ceremony. Both illustrious speakers spent their undergraduate years at UNM studying business and translated that education into successful careers.

The newly minted WisePies Arena, aka The Pit, hosts the two Commencement exercises for Fall 2014. The graduate and doctoral ceremony will take place on Thursday, Dec. 11, while the undergraduate ceremony to be held the following evening, Friday, Dec. 12. Both begin at 6 p.m.

“Commencement always presents a great opportunity to highlight the successes and experiences of former Lobos,” said President Robert G. Frank “we are excited to welcome back such distinguished alums who will be an inspiration for our graduates.”

Evangelist graduated from the Anderson School of Management in 1997. In addition to his studies, he was captain of the Gymnastics team and was elected ASUNM President. He went on to earn his Master’s of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in 2000. From 2001-2007 Evangelist served as Senior Vice President and general manager of Blockbuster Online. He then became CEO of U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., the largest online provider of aftermarket auto parts and accessories.

Ellis studied Business Administration and graduated from UNM in 1968. He then earned his MBA from Harvard University in 1970. Ellis’ career has been in employment academia and the private sector. Ellis worked in the corporate world for nearly three decades. He served as President and CEO of Porsche Design from 1985-1990. From 1990-1997 he was Chairman and CEO of Port O’Call Pasadena.  In 1997 he began teaching at the University of Southern California, and was named Dean of the Marshall School of Business in 2007.

Approximately 2,049 students are projected to receive degrees from The University of New Mexico for the Fall 2014 commencement.

From UNM Main Campus as follows: 1,418 bachelor’s degrees, 317 master’s degrees, 60 doctorates, 19 juris doctorates, 11 medical doctorates, 12 graduate certificates and 3 education specialists. 

At UNM-Gallup, 63 associate degrees and 22 certificates are projected to be awarded; at Los Alamos, 40 associate degrees; at Taos, 12 associate degrees and 17 certificates; and at Valencia, 55 associate degrees.

An official degree count is determined following commencement.