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Telephone: (505) 277-3411

UNM Biology, Castetter Hall 1480
MSC03-2020, 219 Yale Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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Convocation—Graduation Celebration

The Biology Department holds a Graduation Celebration each spring; this year, it will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018. If you have earned a degree between August of one year and August the following year, we invite you and your family to be a part of our celebration. Your attendance at this ceremony is a perfect way to celebrate your association with the Biology Department, and we look forward to seeing our graduating students on this very special day! This year's guest speaker will be Elizabeth Kistin Keller, First Lady of Albuquerque.

Biology's Convocation is held following the 9:00 a.m. UNM Commencement ceremony at the DreamStyle Arena (formerly known as The Pit), which all graduates and their guests are encouraged to attend. The UNM program includes an address by a major state or national figure, the presentation of honorary degrees, and the recognization of UNM's graduates from all degree programs at all levels. For more information about UNM's Commencement ceremonies, please see the UNM Graduation web page.

Diplomas:  Graduating students may specify how they wish to receive their diploma (pick-up vs. mail) by signing up at http://graduation.unm.edu. The deadline for signing up is May 31; if this deadline is missed, diplomas will be mailed out six to eight weeks after the semester of graduation to the mailing address on record. For more information on diplomas, see the instructions at graduation.unm.edu or contact the Office of the Records and Registration at (505) 277-8900 or degrees@unm.edu.

Biology's Graduation Celebration is held outside in the Yale Mall east of the Biology Building (Castetter Hall). You are most welcome to have someone special (e.g., parents, husband/wife) accompany you to the podium to accept congratulations for earning your Biology degree. The schedule is:

12:15 p.m.
Participating Biology graduates (but not family members) meet in Biology Room 100 in caps and gowns.
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Biology Convocation Ceremony—Guest Speaker and Presentation of students and individual recognition of all B.A., B.S., M.S. & Ph.D. degree recipients.
2:00 p.m.– 
Open House and Refreshments at the Biology Building.

In the semester you will graduate, be sure to sign up well ahead of time for Biology's Spring Convocation by submitting a Biology Department RSVP or by registering on the UNM Graduation web page. Further, we will be asking our graduatiing Seniors to take an online Biology Majors Exit Survey to provide us with feedback about your educational experince while earning your Biology degree; this survey will be posted in early April.

2018 Graduation Committee

Drs. Bruce Hofkin & Satya Witt, co-Chairs
Dr. Donna George
Dr. Donald Natvig
John Cox
Digeo Gallegos
Anne Rice
BGSA Representative TBD

Updated February 9, 2018