Biology Graduation Ceremony - 2023

Departmental Event

Date:  May 12, 2023 - 05:30pm

Location: Yale Mall (outdoors; between Castetter Hall & Fine Arts / PAIS)

The Biology Department holds a Graduation Celebration each spring; the celebration for 2022-2023 will be held Friday May 12, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.. If you will earn a degree during the current academic year (graduation date Dec 2022 or May 2023), 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 success in the Biology Department, and we look forward to seeing our graduating students on this very special day! This year's guest speaker has yet to be determined.

Biology's Convocation is held the day before the 9:00 a.m. UNM Commencement Ceremony at the DreamStyle Arena (a.k.a. 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 recognition 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.

 Students must be on a current graduation list in order to sign-up for the UNM Commencement Ceremony. If you are a Summer graduate, you will need to complete and submit the Request To Participate in the University Commencement Ceremony form.

Diplomas:  Your official diploma will be mailed to the address on file for you with the Registrar, six to eight weeks after the end of the semester your degree is officially granted. If you would like your diploma held for pickup or mailed somewhere else, you need to contact the Registrar. Contact your Biology advisor if you have any questions about your official graduation status.

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:

4:45 p.m.

Participating Biology graduates (but not family members) meet in Biology Room 100 in caps and gowns.

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Biology Convocation Ceremony—Guest Speaker Dr. Yolanda Sanchez, Director/CEO of UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center; Presentation of students and individual recognition of all B.A., B.S., M.S. & Ph.D. degree recipients.

7:00 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 registering on the UNM Graduation web page then go to the Convocations tab and choose Biology Spring 2023 convocation to sign up.  Further, we will be asking our graduating Seniors to take an online Biology Majors Exit Survey to provide us with feedback about your educational experience while earning your Biology degree.

Biology Faculty can also sign up for the 9:00 a.m. UNM Commencement Ceremony at the DreamStyle Arena (a.k.a. The Pit) on the UNM Graduation web page or, if attending only the Biology Convocation, contact Donna George.