Santa Fe Commencement 2021

The hybrid Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 will take place on the Athletic Practice Field next to the Student Activities Center on Saturday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. MT. The Commencement speaker is Mr. Alfredo Corchado, a nationally renowned journalist, author and an expert on the U.S.-Mexico border.

This year, the in-person portion of the Commencement ceremony is by invite only and tickets are not transferable. Only the guests named by each graduate will be permitted to enter the seating area.

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors, and further restrictions to guests and seating may be necessary.

The livestream link to view the ceremony remotely will be made available on this page a few days prior to the event. Please check back closer to the ceremony for updates.

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Hotel Information

We recommend making reservations as early as possible. Please consider staying at one of the accommodations listed on Campus Travel.

Transportation from ABQ Airport

Groome Transportation: 505-474-5696 or

Disability Access

If you have a family member with special needs, please contact sfcommencement(at) to make arrangements.

Frequently Asked Questions

From President Roosevelt & Dean Sterling

April 16, 2021

Dear Graduating Students and Families:

I am excited to share uplifting news. Because New Mexico and Santa Fe County have experienced extremely low Covid case counts during the last several weeks, we are now in a low risk status according to state Covid guidelines. This means that we are able to confidently expand our 2021 Commencement plans. These plans now include:

  • An in-person, outdoor commencement ceremony, which will also be livestreamed for remote viewing
  • Invitations to two guests per graduating student

Our ceremony will occur at the same time as originally planned on May 22 at 10:30 a.m. MT. Additional details about the ceremony and related events will be provided soon.

As part of our planning, we need to collect attendance information from all graduating students. Students must complete the form emailed to them directly in order to participate in Commencement. It is important that you complete this form no later than Monday, April 26, 2021.

Please indicate if you will participate in the May ceremony in person, whether you will have guests, and the names and contact information for your guests, which will help us safely plan out social pods and distancing. Note that guest tickets are nontransferable.

Graduates who are unable or choose not to attend will be recognized during the ceremony with a virtual component displayed on the livestream and to those in attendance on campus.

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors, and further restrictions to guests and seating may be necessary.

If you have any questions about this form or about our plans for the May Commencement ceremony, please contact santafe.president(at)

We know how deeply our graduating students have hoped for this development and we are excited to share it with you and your families/guests.

President Mark Roosevelt
Dean Walter Sterling

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