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Graduation Day

Graduation Schedule

Graduation Ceremony is on: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Graduation Ceremony starts promptly at: 12:00 pm
Graduation Ceremony is at: Tingley Coliseum, Expo New Mexico

Plan Ahead

  • All Graduates must report to the Creative Arts Building by 10:00 am for check in and pre-graduation procedures.

  • Graduates are required to attend the full length of the ceremony.

  • Graduates who are late may not be able to participate in the ceremony.

  • Caps and gowns are available Saturday October 17 through Friday November 30. Cap and gown prices are $39.59.

    A BLUE cap and gown is required to participate in your Graduation Ceremony.

    Caps, gowns, and other graduation items are available at the following CNM Bookstore locations: 

Main Campus 

Montoya Campus

Westside Campus

RPM Building
723 University, SE
Albuquerque, NM 
(505) 243-0457


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Weekends: closed

G Building
4700 Morris NE
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 332-7485


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: closed
Weekends: closed

Westside I, Room 101
10549 Universe Blvd 
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 898-0265


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: closed


Day of Graduation Ceremony

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Graduate check-in, line-up and pre-graduation events.

11:00 a.m.: Graduates begin to line up in the Flower Building

12:00 p.m.: GRADUATION!

Arriving at Tingley Coliseum

  • Graduates, family members and friends all enter Tingley Coliseum through Gate 8 located just off of Louisiana Blvd. and Lomas SE. All Graduates should report to the Creative Arts Building no earlier than 10:00 a.m. for the graduate check-in process to celebrate your success.

If you have any questions, concerns, etc. please call the Student Activities Office at 224-3238 or stop by our office which is located at Main Campus in the Student Services Center, Montoya Campus in the Tom Wiley Hall or the Westside Campus in WSII.

  • Parking for the Fall 2015 Graduation Ceremony will only be free for graduates who are participating (walking) in the actual ceremony.  Graduates who will be in the ceremony on that date (Saturday, December 12, 2015) will receive one (1) free parking permit that will need to be displayed on their vehicles rearview mirror.  If the parking permit is not displayed, a fee of $5.00 will be charged for parking. Parking access will be through Gate 8 which is just south of the intersection at Lomas & Louisiana Blvd NE  

  • Guest parking on that date (Saturday, December 12, 2015) will be charged $5.00 per vehicle. Parking access will be through Gate 8 which is just south of the intersection at Lomas & Louisiana Blvd NE. 

  • Please arrive on time – Graduates who arrive after 11:00 a.m. may not be allowed to walk so PLEASE BE ON TIME.

Important Notes About Tingley Coliseum

  • Unfortunately the Creative Arts Building and Tingley Coliseum do not provide a secure location for personal belongings such as purses, cameras, gifts, flowers, cell phones, etc. It is important that you have family members or friends secure your personal belongings. Also, you will need your hands free to receive your diploma thus personal belongings are not allowed on the graduate floor.

  • Unfortunately children are not allowed on the graduate floor area (where you will be sitting during the ceremony); please make prior arrangements with family members or friends to watch your children so that they can enjoy the ceremony from the approved seating areas.

  • Be sure to make arrangements to meet your party outside of Tingley Coliseum after the ceremony.

  • Guests are allowed to bring cameras. Cameras are not permitted in the Graduate seating area.

  • Be sure to check that you have all of your graduation regalia before you leave the bookstore. *Extra tassels, caps, and gowns will not be available at the ceremony.

  • Photography will be provided for Graduates by Grad Track/Chappell Photography Studios. Pictures will be sent to graduates home & e-mail addresses. (See web page for details


Congratulations on your Achievements!  CNM is Proud of YOU!