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SPA Convocation

Spring 2019 SPA Convocation Ceremony 

Keynote Speaker

Brian Egolf, Speaker of the House

Brian Egolf, Speaker of the House, D-Santa Fe-47
NM Legislature


Speaker Brian Egolf (D-47) is in his sixth term in the New Mexico House of Representatives. He led the effort to change the House from a Republican to a Democratic majority in 2016. In 2018, Speaker Egolf’s leadership resulted in a historic majority for the Democratic Caucus and the most diverse House membership in state history.

Among his legislative successes, Speaker Egolf championed equal pay for equal work for the women of New Mexico, fought against corruption by advocating for the creation of a statewide independent ethics commission, and passed legislation to penalize the distribution of sensitive images, such as child pornography. In his private practice as an attorney, Egolf filed suit in New Mexico district court on behalf of a gay couple that was denied a marriage license. That case advanced marriage equality in New Mexico and, just a few months later, the state’s Supreme court ruled to legalize gay marriage, making New Mexico the 17th state to do so. Speaker Egolf prides himself on fighting for policies that will help hardworking New Mexicans get and stay ahead.

Egolf resides in Santa Fe with his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters. He is committed to protecting the traditions of the people of New Mexico, and to create a vibrant, sustainable community for his kids and all kids to enjoy for generations to come. 

SPA Convocation Ceremony Details 

SPA's 2019 Convocation Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2019.  The ceremony will take place at UNM’s Center for the Arts – Keller Hall. The Convocation Ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. If you plan to walk, we request that you arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. so we can prepare you for the ceremony. SPA will also host a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Center for the Arts Lobby. Academic regalia at the School's Convocation Ceremony is mandatory. You may order your regalia from the UNM Bookstore. For further information about the Spring 2019 SPA Convocation Ceremony, please contact Angela Kamman via email at or at (505) 277-5873.

Spring 2019 UNM Commencement Ceremony

There is a Commencement Ceremony sponsored by the University Secretary Office, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. That ceremony will take place at the Dream Style Arena aka THe Pit. The UNM Commencemtn Ceremony is the campus-wide graduation ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates for UNM. 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. **For students currently enrolled in the Professional Paper course and expecting to graduate, please get the form signed by the instructor. **

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.