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Department of Psychology Convocation 2017

Start Date: May 12, 2017 - 03:00pm

Location: Popejoy Hall

The Department of Psychology convocation ceremony will be held at the University of New Mexico’s Popejoy Hall which is located in the Center for the Arts (no. 62 on the campus map: ).

To participate, please fill out the student sign-up form at:  Information on Diplomas, Caps, Gowns & Announcements are also available on this website. 


Keynote Speaker: Steven Gangestad, Distinguished Professor

 Psychology Honor’s Student Greeting To Be Announced

Department Convocation Schedule:

  • 1:30 - 2:45-Ceremony participants sign in at check in table.
  • 2:30-Theatre opens for guest seating (food and drink are not allowed in the theatre)
  • 2:45-Ceremony participants must be lined up for academic procession
  • 3:00-Ceremony begins with the commencement procession
  • A faculty hosted reception in Center for the Arts Foyer immediatley following the ceremony. 

Eligibility Students who are eligible to participate in the Department Convocation are:

  • Those who have completed degree requirements for Fall 2016.
  • Those who complete degree requirements by the end of Spring 2017.
  • Undergraduate students who lack no more than six credit hours to be completed Summer 2017 and verified by an advisor. Please note, the names of these students ARE NOT published in the  program.
  • Graduate students that defend their dissertation by May 12, 2017 and are on the department's summer 2017 graduation list (verified by Rikk).

How to sign up:

  • To participate, you must sign-up online:
  • Ceremony participants or guests who require special accommodations should indicate their need when signing up to participate.

IMPORTANT  Participation in the commencement ceremony is not a guarantee or an indication of degree completion.  To officially graduate from UNM students must satisfy all university, school, college, and departmental requirements for the specific degree.  Students should meet with an advisor to ensure that they are on track to graduate.

Advisor Information:

  • Undergraduate students:  Contact a psychology undergraduate advisor:  Keelan O'Riley, Jennifer Serrano, or Simoné Guambaña:
  • Graduate students:  contact Rikk Murphy, 277-5009, 

Academic Regalia (Cap & Gown):

  • All ceremony participants must wear academic regalia available for purchase at the UNM Bookstore.
  • Bachelor's degree candidates wear RED gowns and red cap with tassel.
  • Master’s degree candidates wear BLACK gowns, black caps with tassel, and appropriate hood.
  • Ph.D. degree candidates wear BLACK AND RED gowns, black caps with tassel, and appropriate hood. 
  • Honor chords:  the department will only supply honor chords for students in the Psychology Honors Program.  For general University Honors (Summa, Magna, Cum Laude), you may purchase your chords from the bookstore.  For other honors, please contact the association or chapter you are receiving honors from for more information.

Processional Line-up:

  • Ceremony participants will be directed to line-up no later than 2:45 PM.
  • Instructions will be given to you on site.
  • You will be given a name card at the sign-in table; do not lose your card.
  • You will present this card to the person reading names as you walk on stage. 
  • If you are graduating with Department Honors, your level of honors will be printed on your name card.
  • Department Honors graduates will be grouped together in the procession line.
  • Graduate students will be grouped together in the procession line.


  • Students participating in the ceremony must arrive by 2:30 PM and must be check in by 2:45 PM.
  • Please ask your guests to arrive by 2:30 PM.
  • You and your guests should plan to arrive early to allow time to park.  There will be more than one graduation event on campus at that time, and traffic and parking will be very congested.
  • Be sure to review UNM Parking and Transportation rules and regulations.  You should also provide a map to your guests.  They are available online:

  General information:

  • Flowers will be available for purchase at the venue.
  • Ceremony participants or guests who require special accommodations should indicate their need when signing up to participate.
  • There will not be a rehearsal. Instructions will be given on site.
  • Degree candidates will process across the stage and be recognized individually by the department chair.
  • You will NOT receive your diploma at the UNM Commencement Ceremony or at the department’s convocation ceremony.  Diplomas will be mailed to you at a later date.
  • The Records Office will print your name on your diploma as it exists on their records and will mail it to the mailing address you have on file.  This information can be reviewed and updated via Demographic Self Service (DSS).
  • Students cannot graduate with non-recorded grades or Incompletes, so be sure to check your online transcript via LoboWeb to ensure your grades have been posted at the end of the semester.