Instructions for students and guests

Instructions for Students

Report to the Center for the Arts/Popejoy Hall lobby for your free t-shirt, and then go directly to Popejoy Hall main level to be seated with other freshmen. Please note that freshmen and their parents/guests will not be seated together. Freshmen will be seated in Popejoy Hall main level but parents and guests will be seated either in the upper level of Popejoy Hall or other locations.

  • 3:00 pm T-shirt distribution begins
  • 3:00 pm Freshmen seating in Popejoy Hall begins
    • All students must enter Popejoy Hall carrying their UNM t-shirt
    • Late arrivals will not receive a t-shirt or be seated with other freshmen
  • 3:45 pm President will lead freshmen in the Lobo Pledge.
    • Students will be instructed to put on t-shirts at this time
  • 4:00 pm Convocation ceremony begins
  • 5:00 pm Ceremony ends and reception/classroom tours begin

No food or drink is allowed in Popejoy Hall.

Instructions for Parents/Guests

Parent/guest seating begins at 3:00 pm. Guests will be seated separately from freshmen. Tickets are required for guest seating in Popejoy Hall, Rodey Theatre, and Keller Hall. Tickets are free of charge. Freshmen may reserve guest tickets by first submitting the online signup form on this site. Before the event all freshmen who have submitted the online signup form will receive email instructions for printing tickets at home.

On-site tickets will be available at the Popejoy Hall ticket window located on the east side of the building the day of Freshman Convocation beginning at 3:00 pm when doors open.

No food or drink is allowed in Popejoy Hall.


Please allow ample time to park and get to Popejoy Hall. Please note that when paid guest parking at Cornell is full, attendees will be directed to nearby lots, 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 Popejoy Hall. 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 once full to general parking. 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.