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Instructions for students and guests

Convocation will take place in the Johnson Center.

Instructions for Students

Report to the Johnson Center Auxiliary (Aux) Gym for your free t-shirt, and then go directly to Johnson Center Main Gym to be seated with other first-year students. Please note that first-year students and their families and guests will not be seated together. First-year students will be seated in chairs on the floor of the Main Gym; families and guests will be seated in the stadium seating on the upper level.

  • 3:00pm UNM t-shirt distribution begins in the Aux Gym
  • 3:00pm First-year student seating in the Main Gym begins
    • All students must enter the Main Gym carrying their UNM t-shirt
    • Late arrivals may not receive a t-shirt or be seated with other first-year students
  • 3:30pm Pre-convocation program begins with speakers and entertainment from various UNM student organizations
  • 3:45pm President will lead students in the Lobo Pledge
    • Students will be instructed to put on t-shirts at this time
  • 4:00pm Convocation ceremony begins
  • 5:00pm Ceremony ends and reception and classroom tours begin in the Cornell Mall and SUB

Only bottled water is allowed in the Johnson Center.

Instructions for Families and Guests

Family and guest seating begins at 3:00 pm. Families and guests will be seated separately from the first-year students. Seating for families and guests will be in the stadium seating on the upper level.


Please allow ample time to park and get to the Johnson Center. Please note that when paid guest parking at the Cornell Parking Structure is full, attendees will be directed to nearby lots, and then to the Yale Parking Structure. You may save yourself time by going directly to the Yale Structure.

Free parking is available at the Yale Parking Structure on the SE corner of Lomas and Yale. Enter directly from east-bound Lomas. There are 850 FREE parking spaces available. Park in a lighted, covered structure and enjoy a short walk across the beautiful campus and Duck Pond to Johnson Center. Free parking is also available in parking lot R on the corner of Central and Girard.

Paid parking is available at the Cornell Parking Structure. Parking is limited and the lot will be closed to general parking once it is full. Guests will be directed to other lots.

Special Accommodations: Limited ADA accessible parking is available at the Cornell/Visitor Parking Structure. You will need to show a state-issued parking placard and also show proof of ownership of that placard.