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SPA Convocation

Congratulations School of Public Administration Class of 2018!

2018 SPA Convocation

Spring 2018 SPA Convocation Ceremony 

Guest Speaker

Mayor Tim Keller

Mayor Tim Keller
City of Albuquerque


After a successful business career, Tim Keller refocused his professional life on tackling some of the biggest challenges facing Albuquerque and New Mexico. Throughout his public service, from State Senator for Albuquerque’s International District to New Mexico State Auditor to Mayor of Albuquerque, Tim has consistently challenged the status quo and developed a track record of real impact. Tim became Albuquerque's Mayor on Dec. 1, 2017, after garnering 62 percent of the vote on Nov. 14, 2017.

Previously, Tim was elected twice to the State Senate in one of the most diverse districts in New Mexico, encompassing Albuquerque's International District. He rose to the position of Majority Whip and successfully sponsored laws on wage retaliation prevention, immigrant protection, community schools, tax incentive reform, and an in-state business preference to create local jobs. He also had the distinction of passing the most bipartisan-sponsored legislation during his tenure.

In 2014, Tim Keller was elected one of the youngest State Auditors in the country. His vision for the Auditor's office included developing policies for distributing financial resources throughout the state more equitably and efficiently. He created New Mexico's first Government Accountability Office (GAO) and pushed the office to the forefront of the state’s most critical issues. Responsible for financial oversight of about 1,000 state and local governments, Tim championed a broad range of transparency efforts including highlighting billions in idle infrastructure funds, exposing fraudulent actions by elected officials, rebutting the myth of scarcity and tackling the rape kit backlog.

In addition to his public service, Tim spent fifteen years in the private sector, starting with fortune 500 companies and most recently helping Native American governmental financial operations. He also lived for several years in Cambodia where he ran the nation's first IT social enterprise focused on hiring landmine victims and other disadvantaged persons.

Tim Keller was born and raised in Albuquerque and is an Eagle Scout and Kellogg Foundation Race Equity Fellow. Following graduation from St. Pius X High School, he attended the University of Notre Dame where he studied Finance and Art History. He then went on to earn an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. Tim is also a devotee of heavy metal music and enjoys art, the outdoors and food. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Maya and Jack. 

Have any questions? 

 For further information about the Spring 2018 SPA Convocation Ceremony, please contact Angela Kamman via email at or at (505) 277-5873.

Spring 2018 UNM Commencement Ceremony

There is a Commencement Ceremony sponsored by the University Secretary Office. If you plan on attending the Commencement Ceremony, please sign up online.  Once there, click on Student Signup. A UNM NetID will be required to sign up online.

For information on the Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Office of the University Secretary at or at (505) 277-4664.

Pro Paper Approval

MPA students planning on graduating in Spring or Summer 2019:  

To be eligible to “walk” in SPA’s Convocation Ceremony, you must receive approval from your Pro-Paper Chair. Please complete the Pro-Paper "To Walk" Approval Form and return to the SPA. Once we receive your approval from your Pro-Paper Chair, you will receive an email confirmation from SPA staff. **However, for students that are currently enrolled in the Professional Paper Capstone Course, you will not need this form. The instructor will provide a class list to the main SPA office. **

MHA students planning on graduating in Spring or Summer 2019:

To be eligible to "walk" in SPA's Convocation Ceremony, please contact Mr. Jim Pendergast (MHA Program Manager) for further instructions at / (505) 277-3074.