Golden Graduates . . .
Has It Really Been 50 Years?!
Each year, UNM Golden Graduates — the class celebrating its 50th anniversary – are honored at the University of New Mexico Commencement.
This special recognition began as a salute to alumni unable to participate in their own commencement ceremonies because of military service in WWII and the Korean Conflict. Special gold-colored robes are provided and the names of those returning for the ceremony are printed in the official program. In addition to participating in the Commencement ceremony, “Golden Graduates” are invited to a reunion reception, followed by the Heritage Club Dinner highlighted with UNM's Honorary Degree recipients. This is a perfect opportunity to reminisce with former classmates and friends!
This year the UNM Alumni Association will be honoring those alumni that graduated in 1964 (50 years) and those who graduated in 1954 (60 years).
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Heritage Club Weekend
** Registration required. Please RSVP by April 25, 2014.
All events sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association unless otherwise noted.
Check the schedule of college convocations at http://graduation.unm.edu/schedule.html.
Special Hotel Rates for Golden Graduates
- Marriott Courtyard: 1920 Yale Blvd SE, $ 79 /night, includes breakfast (505) 843-6600, website
- Crowne Plaza Hotel: 1901 University Blvd. NE, $79/night, (505) 884-2500, website
To receive the special room rates, reservations must be made by April 25, 2014. Mention that you are with UNM Golden Grads. These rooms and rates are available May 15 through May 18, 2014.
Parking will be available in the Hodgin Hall Visitor lot, along Redondo Drive next to Hodgin Hall, and in the "B" Lot on the NW corner of Central and University.
- Friday, May 16: Parking permits for Hodgin Hall will be sent to registered Golden Graduates and Heritage Club members for the Golden Grad Robing, campus tour as well as the Heritage Club Dinner.
- Saturday, May 17: Park in the WEST lot at University Arena. The Davalos Center is just south of the PIT, same complex. We will give you a map when you pick up your robes.
More information about parking at UNM is available on the UNM Parking and Transportation webpage
Who were your favorite professors, places on campus or words of wisdom?
Members from the 50th anniversary class are invited to fill out forms to be included in memory books. Graduates are asked about their favorite professors, places on campus and words of wisdom. These memories are compiled into annual memory books and dispersed to golden graduates attending the Heritage Club Dinner and to those grads who submitted their memory, but were unable to attend.
We want to know what you have been doing for the past 50 years! This information may be used for the Mirage Class Notes and/or the 1964 Memory Book, which will be distributed at the dinner in May 16, 2014. Please return your submission by April 25, 2014.
Submit your Memory Book Questionnaire with our online form.
Fifty Years Ago: 1964
In the early 1960’s, Albuquerque enjoyed a boom in population as new homes were built ‘up the hill,’ or other parts east of downtown. On campus the University celebrated the 75th Anniversary of it’s founding in 1889. Many classes were still being held in the university's oldest building, Hodgin Hall, now the UNM Alumni Center. And new buildings and expansions were being completed or planned for the near future. The new Education Building was formally dedicated in February, 1964 and the first phase of the Fine Arts Building was completed. A two million dollar addition to Zimmerman, a Physics building, a Biology building, and a Medical School were in the planning stages.
Throughout their college years, the class of 1964 studied under the best. President Tom L. Popejoy was in his fifteenth year at the helm of the University and was responsible for much of the University’s growth. The many favorite professors they recall were Martin Fleck, Biology; Bainbridge Bunting, Art; Willis Jacobs, English; Josiah Russell, History; John Batcheller, Music; Morris Freedman and Katherine Simons, English; Miles Zintz, Education; and Frank Hibben, Anthropology. Dean of Women, Helen Whiteside, and Dean of Men, Howard Mathany, stayed busy overseeing an active student life on campus.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014