Golden Graduates . . .
Has It Really Been 50 Years?!

Golden Graduates
Each year, UNM Golden Graduates — the class celebrating its 50th anniversary – are honored at the University of New Mexico Commencement. This year the UNM Alumni Association will be honoring those alumni who graduated in 1964 and those who graduated in 1954.
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This special Golden Graduate 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. 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. This is a perfect opportunity to reminisce with former classmates and friends!

** Registration required. Please RSVP by April 25, 2014.
All events sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
2:00-4:30 pm College of Nursing Tour Nursing Grads: College of Nursing Tour, Nursing/Pharmacy Bldg., HSC Campus (contact for parking). Business/Casual Dress. (Sponsored by the College of Nursing)
6:30 pm Dinner with My Classmates Nursing Grads: Artichoke Café, 424 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque (Sponsored by the College of Nursing)
Friday, May 16, 2014
10:00 am ** Campus Walking Tour Departs from Hodgin Hall
10 am-3 pm Robe Fitting for 2014 Spring Commencement Participants Hodgin Hall (Parking permits for Hodgin Hall will be mailed for this and the tour)
11:00 am Convocation College of Pharmacy: Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center
11:30 am School of Engineering Golden Grad Celebration Networking, Luncheon, Departmental Tours (RSVP by 4/25/2014)
2:00 pm Convocation College of Nursing: University Arena, The Pit (arrive 30 minutes prior to event)
4:00 pm Wine Reception Hodgin Hall Alumni Center
5:00 pm ** Heritage Club Dinner Hodgin Hall Alumni Center
6:00 pm UNM Spring Commencement (Graduates) Popejoy Hall
Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:15 am Golden Grads report for graduation ceremony Rudy Davalos Center Hospitality Room at University Arena (PIT). Wear comfortable shoes and clothing!
9:00 am ** Spring Commencement (Undergraduates) University Arena (PIT)
1:00 pm Convocations School of Engineering: Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center
College of Education: Johnson Center
School of Law: UNM School of Law North Patio
2:00 pm Convocation College of Fine Arts: Popejoy Hall
4:00 pm Convocation ASM: Johnson Center
7:00 pm Convocation SAAP: Popejoy Hall

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Special Hotel Rates for Golden Graduates
  • Marriott Courtyard: 1920 Yale Blvd SE, $ 79 /night, includes breakfast, 1-800-321-2211, website, mention UNM Golden Grads Room Block
  • 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 Information:

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 18, 2014