Graduate Ceremony Logistics
This guide will help each of our graduates know what to expect during the In-Person Commencement Ceremonies held at the Pan American Center. We look forward to seeing your cap decorations. Share them before the ceremony with hashtag #nmsugrad.
Before Entering Ceremony
- Graduates should print their registered GradPass, before April 10, 2022. This is the graduate’s ticket across the stage and into the venue.
- Bring no bags or personal items, NMSU has a clear bag policy should graduates need to bring anything.
- Guests should be aware of the NMSU Visitor Commitment.
- Plan your route to campus, the ceremony starts exactly at the announced time, graduates need to be there one hour early for seating.
- Graduates will enter through the East side of the Pan American Center, the side facing the Organ Mountains.
- Graduates should arrive one hour prior to the ceremony for check in and seating.
- There is no rehearsal ceremony.
- The GradPass is the graduate ticket across the stage, please bring this printed.
- Graduates should leave their gowns unzipped entering the venue, the NMSU Police will conduct a gown check before entering the venue.
Graduate Procession and Degree Recognition
- Graduates will be seated by college.
- Doctoral Graduates should have their Doctoral hood draped on their arm and not around their neck yet.
- The Ceremony begins promptly, graduates should arrive one hour early for seating.
- All candidates need to be prepared to present their GradPass to the Commencement Scanner for personal recognition before walking on staging.
- During the ceremony, professional photos will be taken by Grad Images. Graduates can view their Commencement photos online www.gradimages.com or by calling 1-800-424-3686. GradImages will email these photos to each graduate’s email.
- There will be a formal recessional and all graduates will be orderly marched out of the venue.
- Graduates should plan to meet their guests at their vehicles at the conclusion of the event.
- Each ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.
- The ceremonies will be streamed live on NMSU YouTube.