UNM Commencement Set for May 11 at The Pit
Ann Rhoades, director and co-founder of JetBlue, and a nationally recognized speaker, delivers the keynote address at the UNM spring commencement on Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. at University Arena, the Pit. Rhoades is a dynamic and visionary Human Resources executive with more than 25 years experience in a variety of service-based industries.
About 3,321 students are projected to receive degrees from UNM’s Albuquerque and Extended University campuses, as follows: 2,033 bachelor’s degrees, 529 master’s degrees, 74 doctorates, 90 juris doctorates, 60 medical doctorates, 86 pharmacy doctorates, 5 graduate certificates and 12 education specialists. An official degree count is determined following commencement.
At UNM-Gallup, 124 associate degrees and 42 certificates are projected to be awarded; at Los Alamos, 13 associate degrees; at Taos, 23 associate degrees and 15 certificates; and at Valencia, 200 associate degrees and 15 certificates. Golden Graduates, the class of 1963, will also be honored at commencement for their lifelong connection to UNM.
Prakash Adhikari receives the Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize for research focusing on the causes and consequences of civil war, with a particular focus on forced migration and transitional justice. He has done extensive fieldwork in Nepal funded by the National Science Foundation and has received three competitive awards from UNM Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, Regents Graduate Fellowship, and the Clyde E. and Garnet Starkey Scholarship Award for his dissertation work.
Dale Kempter, Doctor of Fine Arts, is the Honorary Degree recipient. Kempter is one of the Southwest’s most decorated and outstanding music educators and conductors, working with students from elementary and secondary schools all the way up to teaching at Eastern New Mexico University, University of New Mexico and the University of Akron.
UNM Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Chaouki Abdallah will give opening remarks and confer degrees and UNM Regent Conrad James will greet graduates on behalf of the UNM board of regents. UNM regents, administrators, deans and faculty are among the platform group. University Secretary Vivian Valencia is chief marshal.
The UNM Brass Choir will play music for the ceremony’s prelude and processional and Los Reyes de Albuquerque will play the recessional. Alexandra Martinez, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Music, will sing the national anthem and alma mater. UNM Alumni Association President Duffy Swan will give closing remarks. College, branch and departmental convocation ceremonies are scheduled May 8–15.