Albuquerque’s First Poet Laureate to Speak at CNM’s Fall Graduation Ceremony

Nov. 26, 2013 -- Albuquerque’s First Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy will be the keynote speaker at CNM’s 2013 Fall Graduation Ceremony set for Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon in Tingley Coliseum.
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Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. He has also been named as Albuquerque’s best poet by the Alibi and Local IQ. He regularly facilitates youth writing workshops for schools and community organizations in New Mexico and beyond.

He also performed at the 2013 CNM Convocation for faculty and staff in September. Click here to see his Convocation performance of "Stand," his poem honoring teachers.

A total of 714 graduates will participate in the Graduation Ceremony and receive associate degrees or certificates. There will also be another 104 GED graduates participating. Some 150 faculty and staff will walk in the processional, and about 8,000 family members and friends of the graduates are expected to attend.

Parking Info

Employees who will be participating and wearing regalia in the graduation ceremony should have received a parking pass that provides free access to parking through Gate 3 of EXPO New Mexico, which is accessible from the intersection of San Pedro and Copper.

General parking for graduates, employees not participating in the ceremony and other supporters attending the event will be through Gate 8, which is accessible from Louisiana Blvd., just south of Lomas. Parking for graduates will be free. The parking fee will be $5 per vehicle for employees, family and other supporters who are not participating in the graduation procession.

Admission to Tingley Coliseum is free for the Graduation Ceremony.

Employees participating in the ceremony procession should be at the event no later than 11 a.m. There will be other events taking place at EXPO New Mexico on Dec. 7, so arriving early is recommended. For more info, call the Student Activities office at 224-3238.