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During the Ceremony

Graduate Check In

  • Check-in will be at the Pan American Center.
  • Arrive one hour prior to the ceremony for check in. Do not bring any bags or personal items.
  • There is not a rehearsal.
  • A printed name card with the graduate’s name and degree will be available for pick up.
  • After picking up your card, you will proceed to the lanyard tables, place card on the lanyard.
  • If you have concerns with the pronunciation of your name, please visit the Reader’s table to advise the proper pronunciation.

Graduate Line Up

  • During Check In, you will receive a printed card with your College and Line Up number.
  • Proceed to your college line, you will be lined up numerically based on the number printed on your card.
  • Leave your gown unzipped, the NMSU Police will conduct a visual check before entering venue.

Graduate Procession and Degree Recognition

  • Graduates will be organized by college, degree and alphabetically by degree.
  • The morning ceremony at 9:00 a.m. will award degrees to the following colleges: College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health and Social Services.
  • The afternoon ceremony at 2:00 p.m. will award degrees to the following colleges: College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering.
  • All candidates need to be prepared to present their name card to the Commencement Reader for personal recognition and to receive a certificate of attendance.
  • During the ceremony, professional photos will be taken by Grad Images. You may view your Commencement photos online or by calling 1-800-424-3686.
  • Each ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.