Psychology Convocation


The Department of Psychology Spring 2024 convocation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 4:30 pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Ballroom C at 401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.


MAY 10, 2024 AT 4:30 PM

Albuquerque Convention Center in Ballroom C

The Spring 2024 Department of Psychology convocation ceremony will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Ballroom C at 401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 4:30 pm

To participate, sign up:  Information on Diplomas, Caps, Gowns & Announcements are also available on the graduation website. 


  • 3:00 pm: Sign-in table for graduates will open.  Must be signed in by 4:00 pm
  • 3:45 pm: auditorium will open for guest seating
  • 4:00 pm: students must be signed in and in place for line up and further instructions
  • 4:30 pm: Ceremony will begin promptly with the commencement procession and will last approximately 1.25 hrs.


Department Chair, Derek Hamilton, Ph.D.


Steve Verney, Ph.D


  • Recognition of Bachelor’s Degree Candidates
  • BAC Program and Recognition of BAC Program Candidates
  • Recognition of Psychology Departmental Honor’s Program Candidates
  • Recognition of Master’s Degree Candidates.  MS Degree Candidates will read their acknowledgements and will be hooded by their mentor.
  • Recognition of Doctoral Degree Candidates.  Ph.D. Degree Candidates will read their acknowledgements and will be hooded by their mentor.

TASSEL CEREMONY/CLOSING: Derek Hamilton, Ph.D., Professor and Chair




  • An online program will be available on our website in May. 
  • A live stream will be available.  Please visit our website the day of the event for the link. 


  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students who completed degree requirements Fall 2023
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students who complete degree requirements by the end of Spring 2024 semester (check with an advisor to ensure you are on the graduation list and on track for graduation)


  • PLEASE NOTE: Summer graduate names are not published in the graduation programs
  • Undergraduate students who lack no more than six credit hours to be completed Summer 2024 (verified by an Advisor)
  • Graduate students must defend their dissertation or thesis by May 10, 2024, be registered for summer 2024, and must be on the department’s summer 2024 graduation list (verified by the department graduate advisor). 

Advisor Information:


To participate in our department convocation, please sign up at by the posted deadline.

  • Graduates with special needs should request appropriate accommodations when signing up to participate.
  • Graduate Students must submit acknowledgements to be read at the ceremony by April 26, 2024


  • You and your guests should plan to arrive early to allow time to park. There will be more than one graduation event at the same time, traffic and parking will be very congested.
  • Students participating in the ceremony should plan to arrive by 3:00 pm.  You must be checked in at the sign up table no later than 4:00 pm. Sign up tables will be set up in front of Ballroom C. 
  • The Convention Center ParkingGarage is the closest garage for attendees. Parking before 5:00pm will be $10 per vehicle, after 5:00pm parking is $20.00 per day with no in/out privileges. The garage is only accessible by taking Martin Luther King Blvd heading West past Broadway, which leads straight into the garage.

  • Here is a map for parking:


Your official diploma will be mailed to the address on file for you with the UNM Registrar six to eight weeks after the end of the semester your degree is officially granted. If you would like your diploma held for pickup or mailed somewhere else, you need to contact the Registrar.

NOTICE: Participation in the psychology commencement ceremony is not a guarantee nor indication of degree completion. To officially graduate from UNM, students must satisfy all university, school, college and/or departmental requirements for the specific degree.  Students should meet with an advisor to ensure that they are on track to graduate. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about your official graduation status.

Academic Regalia (Cap & Gown)

  • All ceremony participants must wear academic regalia.  How to wear your regalia
  • Your tassel should be worn on the right side of your cap until the graduation class collectively moves the tassel from the right side to the left side of your tam or mortarboard. This will be done during the Graduation ceremony.
  • Tasteful decoration of caps is permitted. However, if it is determined to be offensive by a Marshal, you will have to remove it to participate.
  • We encourage you to wear comfortable shoes, you will be walking up and down stairs.
  • Purchase your regalia and accessories 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 are only provided by the department to students in our Psychology Honors Program.   If you are receiving University honors, you will need to purchase your UNM Honor chords at the UNM Bookstore.  For information on Honors Society stoles, please contact your association or chapter (e.g. PsiChi, Golden Key…) for information.  These are not provided by the department. 

Processional Line-up Information

  • Graduates must be signed in and in line-up no later than 4:00 PM
  • Line-up 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
  • Department Honors Program graduates will be grouped and seated together.  Your level of honors will be on your name card and in the program.  You will receive special instructions on-site
  • The department will make every attempt to recognize all levels of Honors, however, we cannot guarantee that this information will be provided to the department on time for the ceremony or the graduation program.  
  • Graduate students will be grouped and seated together.  Your Thesis and Dissertation titles, faculty mentor, and acknowledgements will be on your name card and in the program.  You will be given special instructions on-site for the hooding ceremony.

HOODING INSTRUCTIONS:  Ph.D. and MS students will be hooded during the ceremony.  The graduating student will proceed to the podium after their name is announced and read their acknowledgements.  The faculty mentor hooding the student will proceed to the front of stage to meet the student, receive the hood from the student, and put the hood over their head as seen in this youtube video.  You may want to practice hooding your student ahead of time. 

General information

  • Degree candidates will walk up a few stairs and across the stage and recognized individually by the department chair.
  • Seating for guests with disabilities is available; if needed: see attendants upon arrival for assistance. 
  • Graduates that need special accommodations should submit this information when signing up for the ceremony.  
  • There will not be a rehearsal. Instructions will be given on site.
  • 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 spring semester.