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The Fall 2023 Commencement Ceremonies are scheduled for December 8th and 9th, 2023.

For questions on degrees and ceremony accessibility concerns, call us at 575-646-4796 or email 
To live chat, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with a Commencement Member, click here. 

Commencement Ceremony


Commencement Ceremonies are not a ticketed event for guests. However, Graduates will need to bring their printed GradPass (Graduate Ticket).  The GradPass will be found on the personalized RSVP link sent to graduates, in October. Graduates please check your emails in October for your RSVP and GradPass request. The deadline to register is November 8, 2023.

The Commencement Ceremonies will be streamed live on NMSU YouTube.

The Commencement Ceremonies will be streamed live on NMSU YouTube. Graduates can RSVP for the Ceremony by providing us with a photo, quote and name pronunciation. During the Ceremony, we will read each graduate’s name and display their quote and photo submission, if unable to attend in person. The deadline to submit name pronunciation, photo and quote for the virtual component of the Commencement Ceremony will be on November 8, 2023, no late submissions can be made after that date.

Ticketing is not required. However, we are always looking for NMSU staff and faculty volunteers. Faculty advisors will have a reserved faculty seating area. Please reach out to the Commencement Office to RSVP to attend as a faculty attendee or if wanting to volunteer with a role. 

Graduates should submit their Name Pronunciation before November 8, 2023 to ensure their name is properly announced at the ceremonies.

Diplomas/Degree Awarding


If a student is completing requirements for their degree they do need to fill out the application for degree before the deadline date, in order to have the degree awarded on the transcript and for the diploma to be issued.

Please ensure all holds are released from the student account. Diplomas are mailed to graduates 6 weeks after final grades are submitted. Diplomas will be sent to the address specified on the application for degree. Graduates can view their diploma status online here: 

Attendance at Commencement Ceremonies is optional. We do not distribute diplomas at the ceremonies. If graduates meet requirements for their degree, diplomas will be mailed within 6 weeks after final grades are due.