Date: May 14, 2022
Time: 10 am
Location: Greyhound Arena
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Registrar.Office@enmu.edu or 575.562.2175
We are proud to bring you coverage of the Spring Commencement Ceremony. Live Stream of the ceremony allows our students to share this important event with loved ones who normally would not be able to attend, due to health issues or great geographic distances.
The doors to the Arena will open for seating at 9:00 a.m. Family and friends may enter through the main entrances, where they will receive directions to the seating area. No tickets are required; there is plenty of seating for everyone. Please note there is no reserved seating or holding seats for other guests.
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.
Graduates with Disabilities
Graduates with disabilities should contact Registrar.Office@enmu.edu or 575.562.2175 as soon as possible.
Wearing Your Academic Regalia
Academic regalia is required in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. Regalia can be purchased at Herff Jones. Commencement is a special occasion that has procedures that emphasize dignity and formality. The following shall be observed:
Caps - The cap should be worn square on the top of the head, with the front point about the middle of the forehead.
Tassel on Cap
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.
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 as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. Mailed proofs may take several days.
Faculty and candidates will proceed to their seats as directed by the marshals. Following the presentation of colors, national anthem, and alma mater, Dr. Caldwell will step to the microphone and request a moment of silence. It is appropriate for men to remove their caps during the national anthem and the moment of silence, then replace them when Dr. Caldwell invites the assemblage to be seated.
Following remarks, Dr. Caldwell will introduce the vice president for Academic Affairs, who will introduce the deans of each college. The deans will then present degree candidates for their college in the following order:
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Fine Arts
College of Education and Technology
College of Business
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
Dr. Caldwell will then call for students to come to the stage to receive diplomas. The entire last row will stand together, as directed by the marshal on the extreme right hand side of the row. As soon as there is room for the next row to move out into the aisle at the extreme right, the marshal will have the row stand and follow the previous row to the stage. All rows proceed in the above manner.
* 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.
Following closing remarks by Dr. Caldwell, all will stand. The recessional is in the order of the processional. Administration, faculty and then students will exit the arena area. There will be a reception in the South Gym (GA 95) for graduates and their families immediately following commencement.
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 Herff Jones
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:
ENMU Station 48
1500 S Ave K
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.
Registrar and Records
ENMU Station 5
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
Office Location: Administration Building (ADM), Room 105
Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement & Graduation:
How will I hear about commencement and graduation requirements after I apply?
All commencement and graduation-related correspondence will be relayed to your ENMU email address. Keep an eye on your inbox after you apply and in the weeks leading up to commencement. If you aren't receiving content and you believe you should, contact the Office of the Registrar at 575.562.2175 or email@example.com to make sure everything is in order with graduation application.
Where do I get my cap and gown?
Academic regalia can be purchased at the University Bookstore on campus. Please call 575.562.2715 for any questions you may have.
Can I decorate my cap?
Is there a commencement rehearsal for students?
What do I do if I can't attend commencement?
Please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org so that adjustments can be made to the seating arrangement.
What do I do if I want to participate in commencement, but I didn't indicate that on my graduation application?
Please contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for your attendance.
To whom do I RSVP for the Honors Convocation?
Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 575.562.2221 to RSVP for the (invitation only) Honors Convocation.
Can graduate students receive Honors?
No, Bachelor candidates are the only graduates eligible for Honors.
Are tickets required for guest attendance at commencement?
Does Greyhound Arena have handicap accessible seating?
Do I have to pay for my graduation photos?
If you'd like a copy of your graduation photos (provided from GradImages), payment will be required. GradImages will contact you shortly after the commencement ceremony with proofs.
If I change my address, will my diploma mailing address be automatically updated?
No, if you need to update your address and your diploma mailing address, email a request to the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I took classes elsewhere during my final semesters, how long do I have to send those transcripts to ENMU?
Transcripts from other schools should be sent as soon as grades have been posted at the other institution. All transcripts need to be received within the 2 weeks (13 business days) after grades have been posted at ENMU.
How long will it take to know if I received my degree?
The Office of the Registrar has 13 business days after the semester's grades have posted to conduct a final audit of the graduation applicant's requirements.
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be available 4-6 weeks after commencement. The Office of the Registrar has 13 business days after the semester's grades have posted to conduct a final audit of the graduation applicant's requirements. Associate degrees may be picked up from the Office of the Registrar. Bachelor and Master degrees will be mailed to the address provided on your graduation application. Make sure to notify the Office of the Registrar of any diploma mailing address changes via email (email@example.com).