COVID-19 safety protocols

UNM is following the CDC guidelines regarding masking requirements based on COVID-19 community level . Masks are not currently mandated to be worn indoors, though those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask are strongly encouraged to do so. UNM also encourages attendees to have up-to-date vaccinations, though proof of vaccination will not be required for attendance. If you are feeling ill, please stay home. The ceremony can be viewed live at or through UNM’s social media sites on Facebook or YouTube.

Should the community level change before the event, UNM may require the use of masks. Please continue to check for any updates. For additional information about UNM’s current COVID-19 safety protocols, visit Bringing Back the Pack | The University of New Mexico (


Commencement is held at the University Arena (aka The Pit) on the corner of University Blvd and Avenida Cesar Chavez. Graduating students and faculty should park on the north and west side of the building. Family and guests must park in the large parking lot across University Blvd from the arena. Student and guest parking areas do not require parking permits, but parking is first-come first-serve so make sure to arrive on time.

One-click driving directions

Use the following links to get directions to your parking lot entrance using Google Maps

Where to enter the building

  • PHD and Master's students: Northwest corner
  • Undergraduate students: West side
  • Family and guests: Northeast corner
  • VIPs: Southeast corner
  • Volunteers and vendors: Southeast corner