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. In 2016, the UNM Alumni Association will be honoring those alumni who graduated in 1966.

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!

2015 Golden Graduate Event Details

** Registration required. Please RSVP by April 17, 2015.

The 2015 Schedule of Convocations is at

Thursday, May 7, 2015
6:30 pm Dinner with My Classmates Artichoke Cafe, 424 Central Ave. SE, Business Casual/Dress. Sponsored by the College of Nursing.
Friday, May 8, 2015
10:00 am ** Campus Walking Tour Hosted by our student ambassadors, the UNM Trailblazers. Departs from Hodgin Hall. Sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association.
10:00 am-3:00 pm Robe Fitting for 2015 Spring Commencement Participants Hodgin Hall (Parking permits for Hodgin Hall will be mailed for this and the tour). Sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association.
11:00 am-1:00 pm College of Education Luncheon Class of 1965 and 1955 graduates. Travelstead Hall, UNM Main Campus. RSVP to Sponsored by the College of Education.
11:30 am-1:00 pm College of Pharmacy Brunch Class of 1949-1965 Graduates. Albuquerque Convention Center, Ruidoso Room. RSVP online Sponsored by the College of Pharmacy.
12:00 pm School of Engineering Luncheon Centennial Engineering Center, Robert J. Stamms Commons. Sponsored by the School of Engineering.
1:45 pm Centennial Engineering Center Tour Sponsored by the School of Engineering.
2:00 pm School of Engineering Departmental Tours Sponsored by the School of Engineering.
3:00 pm College of Nursing Tour Nursing/Pharmacy Building, HSC Campus. Sponsored by the College of Nursing.
4:00 pm Wine and Cheese Reception Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. Sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association.
5:00 pm ** Heritage Club Dinner Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. Sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association.
6:00 pm UNM Spring Commencement (Graduates) Wise Pies Arena, aka "The Pit"
Saturday, May 9, 2015
8:15 am Golden Grads report for graduation ceremony Rudy Davalos Center Hospitality Room at Wise Pies Arena, aka "The Pit". Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association.
9:00 am ** Spring Commencement (Undergraduates) Wise Pies Arena, aka "The Pit"
All Day Convocations For a schedule of Convocations, visit
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, $83/night, (505) 884-2500, website

To receive the special room rates, reservations must be made by April 14, 2015. Mention that you are with UNM Golden Grads. These rooms and rates are available May 7 through May 10, 2015.

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 8: 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 9: Park in the WEST lot at Wise Pies Arena, aka "The Pit". The Davalos Center is just south of Wise Pies Arena, aka "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

Fifty Years Ago: 1965

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. The Los Angeles Dodgers began what would be a 47-year relationship with the Albuquerque club in 1963, and changed the name to the Albuquerque Dodgers (from that ABQ Dukes) in 1965. Coronado Center opened in March 1965 as an open air mall, the mall's original anchor tenants included Sears and Rhodes Brothers.

UNM was rapidly increasing enrollment. 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 Concert Hall addition to the Fine Arts Building was being constructed. A 2.3 million dollar addition to Zimmerman was under way, as well as the Graduate Research Center addition to the Physics building, and two new dormitories. The UNM Golf course was being moved to provide for the expansion of the Medical School. With these additions the total number of permanent buildings at UNM was 65.

Last Updated: June 22, 2015