What's Next?

Graduation is a very important time in the lives of students, families and faculty. The Alumni Association is proud to induct recent graduates into the UNM Alumni family at commencement. This year's spring commencement will take place on Friday, May 8, 2015 for advanced degree graduates, and on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at WisePies Arena aka The Pit.

Upcoming . . .

UNM Official Ring Days: If you missed an opportunity to purchase your UNM Official Ring while a student, you can still come by the UNM Bookstore to order from the Josten's representative on select dates. You will find prices much better if you order through the rep on campus. If you don't live in the area, but you're interested, contact

Official Ring Ceremony: ASUNM Lobo Spirit, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Stu­dent Activ­i­ties Cen­ter, will host their UNM Ring Cer­e­mony on May 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom for stu­dents who pur­chased a UNM ring and their fam­i­lies. [ More details... ]

Mini-Diploma Registration: Register online, and pick up your portfolio/notebook at our table in the SUB on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 or Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at the Alumni Office at Hodgin Hall, Alumni Center. [ Sign-up here! ]

New Grads Wine and Cheese Social: oin us for food, wine, and music as we welcome 2015 UNM grads to the Young Alumni Association, May 7, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. [ RSVP here. ]

Graduation Traditions

UNM Official Ring: Trade in the Old! Ring in the New!

Official UNM RingThe Ring Design: Show off the Lobo, Hodgin Hall, the Sandias and UNM with every handshake. UNM students and alumni collectively designed the ring. Included in the design are the Lobo, Hodgin Hall and the Sandia Mountains, with UNM engraved on top. The ring comes in five sizes, in your choice of traditional or antique. You may also add a red gem. We also offer a simple Signet ring, in three different sizes.

Why Hodgin Hall? The University’s first building, Hodgin Hall, opened in 1892. It was originally built of red brick with a pitched roof and arched windows. In 1908 the pitched roof and the fourth story were removed, the red brick stuccoed over, the arched windows squared off and the corners of the building rounded for a pueblo appearance. In 1971, the news of Hodgin Hall's scheduled destruction prompted alumni to rally for its preservation and restoration.

Official UNM RingCharles Hodgin was a member of the University’s first graduating class (1894) who became head of the Education Department, then dean, and finally vice-president of the University. Today, Hodgin Hall houses the UNM Alumni Relations Office and the UNM Alumni Association.

Why the Lobo? The lobo was chosen as UNM's mascot – and the name of the school newspaper – in 1920. The student body agreed that "lobo," the Spanish word for wolf, embodied the campus spirit. "The lobo is respected for his cunning, feared for his prowess, and is the leader of the pack,” the Daily Lobo wrote. The lobo on the ring depicts the statue guarding the southwest corner of campus on Central and University.

Find the perfect fit, and more information, at Alumni who have purchased previous UNM rings may be able to exchange them for new rings at a special rate. Contact Jostens at 1-800-854-7464 for more information.

Wine and Cheese Social
Wine and Cheese Social

The Thursday before the Winter and Spring graduations, the Young Alumni Association has a Wine and Cheese Social to welcome recent graduates to the Association. Along with wine, cheese and other finger foods, there is also live music and tons of door prizes. This event is a friendly way to become acquainted with other alumni and become a part of the group.

RSVP to this event recommended. This year the Wine and Cheese Social will be held May 7, 2015 at the Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. The Door Prize Give-Away includes: a UNM diploma frame, alumni gear and more! Winner must be present at the social to win. Please join us!

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Golden Graduates
Golden Grad

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.

Read more about the UNM Golden Graduates.

Request Your Free Mini-Diplomas

Request a free mini-diploma to carry with you! This smaller (unofficial) version of your diploma lists your name and degree, and fits in your wallet.

Register online, and pick up your portfolio/notebook at our table in the SUB on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 or Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at the Alumni Office at Hodgin Hall, Alumni Center.

Register Online!