The Alumni Memorial Chapel is a historically significant part of The University of New Mexico community and has served all faiths in both joyful and trying times for celebration and reflection.
UNM Alumni Relations office proposed the idea of a memorial chapel in 1944 and raised funds through 1959. Architect John Gaw Meem drew the original plans. The Chapel opened in 1962 as a memorial to alumni who gave their lives in our nation’s wars. The Chapel’s simple elegance complements any occasion, public or personal.
On May 31, 2013, the UNM Alumni Association dedicated the Chapel’s newly completed garden. The garden extends the spiritual space of the Chapel to the surrounding outside area. Its centerpiece will be the Celebration Wall, adorned with tiles of photographs of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends.
In keeping with the Chapel’s Franciscan Mission architecture, the design for the Chapel Garden extends the spiritual space within the Chapel to the surrounding outside area. The Garden’s comprehensive design plan includes provisions for a rose garden, gathering space, seating, shade, a fountain and lighting.
Download the Chapel Garden brochure.
Chapel Commemorative Tiles: Cherished Memories
The centerpiece of the Garden will be the Celebration Wall, adorned with tiles of photographs of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends. The Celebration Wall will serve the university community’s spirit and provide a historic record of the many celebrations, memorials, and important events held at the Chapel.
How to order your tile: The tiles are designed to resist fading and scratching, and will not include names or captions. Each tile costs $300, which will help sustain the Chapel and its programs. Download the order form (pdf file).
How to send your photo: Please send clear, original, and non-copyrighted photos. You may email your photo as a jpg (300 dpi or greater) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can mail or deliver your photo to us and we will scan and return it to you. (All photos are subject to approval.)
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UNM Alumni Association
1889 Central Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Last Updated: June 18, 2019
For questions or more information:
Alumni Relations Office