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University of New Mexico Commencement Records

Identifier: UNMA -015

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains programs, speeches, invitations, correspondence, news articles, information on honorary degrees awarded, and guest lists for various University of New Mexico commencements beginning with 1898.


  • 1897-2009

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Historical Note

The University of New Mexico's first commencement, in 1894, took place in Grant's Opera House in downtown Albuquerque. Over the years the commencements have been held in various locales, including the original Rodey Hall, Tight Grove, the Art Building Quadrangle, Zimmerman Stadium, Carlisle Gym and University Arena. In its first century, the University has grown from 108 students to nearly 24,000 on the main campus. That number swells from the branch campuses in Los Alamos, Gallup and Valencia County; graduate centers in Santa Fe and Los Alamos; and the Taos Educational Center and medicine, pharmacy and architecture schools. Its twelve units offer 140 degrees and award 80 percent of the state's doctoral and professional degrees. Beginning in 1992 graduation ceremonies were held twice a year.


16 Cubic Feet (16 boxes plus 3 oversize boxes)

Finding Aid of the University of New Mexico Commencement Records, 1897-2009
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131