Homecoming history and traditions

Each year, the UNM Alumni Association works with campus faculty, staff, colleges and departments, student groups and clubs to bring to life a one-of-a-kind week of celebrating the University and its community. A few things you can look forward to every year:

Online Auction

For our out-of-town Lobos and tech-savvy supporters, the UNM Alumni Association hosts an annual online auction that supports UNM student scholarships and alumni programs. Traditionally, the online auction kicks off the festivities at 8 a.m. the Sunday of Homecoming week and concludes the celebrations at 8 p.m. the following Sunday.

Each year, our generous donors give to our auction the most spectacular items for our alumni to bid on including balloon rides, ski packages, green chile deliveries and so much more! If you are interested in donating to our online or silent auctions, please contact Victoria Beserra-Lujan or 505-277-6040.

Hodgin Hall Alumni Center Open House & Silent Auction

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association enthusiastically invites alumni and the community to its annual Open House & Silent Auction at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center for an evening of fun, entertainment and delicious refreshments while bidding on fabulous silent auction items from our generous donors. Help the UNM Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and programs by participating in the auction—proceeds support UNM students and alumni programs.

Join The Homecoming Club!

By joining The Homecoming Club, you send a strong message to other alumni and friends about the importance of supporting the UNM Alumni Association and The University of New Mexico. Members will receive either a pair of tickets to the Homecoming football game or a copy of the limited edition Homecoming poster. In addition, you will be listed as a member of the loyal Homecoming Club on the Alumni Association's website. Your generous donation of $128 or more will help sponsor The University of New Mexico's Homecoming celebrations and programs!

Homecoming Community Service Project

The UNM Alumni Association collects items for a select New Mexico nonprofit each homecoming. In 2016, the Alumni Association and generous supporters collected nonperishable food donations for the Road Runner Food Bank in support of the Lobo Food Pantry as part of the seventh annual Homecoming Community Service Project. The 2017 benefiting charities will be announced in summer 2017.

Faculty & Staff Alumni Luncheon

Full-time Alumni faculty and staff are invited to the annual Homecoming Appreciation Lunch at noon on the Wednesday of Homecoming. Space is limited to the first 300 guests, so be sure to pick up your ticket in advance at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center, starting the Monday before homecoming. Tickets will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to bring your Lobo ID (reservations will not be accepted over the phone). Faculty and Staff who donate a nonperishable food item at the UNM Alumni Association's Faculty & Staff Alumni Luncheon will receive a 2017 commemorative UNM Homecoming pin.

All University Breakfast

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association proudly honors the recipients of its 2017 Lobo, Zia and Inspirational Young Alumnus awards. The recipients will be honored at the Alumni Association's All University Breakfast on the Saturday of homecoming week. The public is invited to attend.

All Alumni Tailgate

The UNM Alumni Association will continue the homecoming party at its annual All Alumni Homecoming Tailgate which all alumni and Lobo fans are invited to! Held before the annual homecoming football game, dates and times will be announced in Spring 2017.

Last updated: February 28, 2017

For questions or more information:

Sue MacEachen, Associate Director
Alumni Relations Office
(505) 277-9088, smac14@unm.edu