Graduation Day Instructions
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
During the ceremony, only official University and media photographers will be allowed access to the stage and the graduates' seating area for taking photographs. Family and friends must not enter the floor area to take personal pictures.
Wearing Your Academic Regalia
Caps - The cap should be worn square on the top of the head, with the front point about the middle of the forehead.
Honor cords and pins -University honor cords and pins will be given out at the Honors Convocation, eligible students will receive an invitation. Bachelor's candidates will receive honor cords for cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.
Hood – Master's degree candidates should carry their hoods draped across their left arm through the processional and stage, where they will be hooded.
Communication Services will be set up in the north and south gyms for you to take candid photos before finding your place in line. These pictures will be featured on our website as a thank you to family and friends.
As you are lining up, a staff member will give you a card with your name on it. You will take this card to the stage to be used by the announcer. Prior to the start of the ceremony, we ask that you take the time to write your contact information, including address, email and cell phone number on the back of your card. This information will be used by our photographers to send you picture proofs via mail, email, and/or text message. Proofs will be sent via email and text message within one week after the ceremony.
The deans will instruct students in their college to stand. Once all students from one college are standing, the president will confer the degrees and the students will be instructed to sit. We will move through all colleges and degrees in this manner.
Presentation of Diplomas
* This year we will have a team of three photographers to take three different photos of you as you walk across the stage. The first photo will be a close-up taken at the bottom of the ramp. The second photo will be your handshake with the stage member. The third photo will be taken in front of the gonfalon after you step off the ramp. The photographers will be taking these photos very quickly, so please be aware.
* If you prefer not to shake hands with the members on the stage, hold the diploma cover with both hands as you walk across the stage.
* Diplomas will not be included in the diploma cover at the time of graduation. They will be mailed to you in about six weeks after the grades have been reported to the Office of the Registrar.
Commencement is a significant experience for most graduates, as well as their family and friends, so misconduct at this function cannot be tolerated. Eastern New Mexico University is a state institution and the possession or use of alcohol or a controlled substance is prohibited on University premises. If you are found with alcohol, or a controlled substance, or if you are acting in an intoxicated or disorderly manner, you will be escorted from the building and not allowed to return. Please help us make this a cherished and memorable event.
Other Important Information
Graduation Announcements – can be ordered online at Balfour
Diploma Frame – can be ordered online at Framing Success
Alumni Activities – We hope you will continue your relationship with ENMU by becoming active alumni. Please keep us informed of your mailing address changes or life updates:
Release of Diplomas and Transcripts – Diplomas and transcripts will not be mailed for any student that has a financial obligation to the University. Contact the Office of Student Accounts for questions, 575.562.2615.
Transcripts – Online transcript requests can be made from the portal, my.enmu.edu (the transcripts links are in the "Student Records" menu). If you need assistance, contact the Office of the Registrar, 575.562.2175.
Congratulations on your accomplishment of degree completion. We hope you have fond memories of your time at ENMU. If you have questions in the future concerning your records, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 575.562.2175 for assistance.
ENMU Graduation Quick Links