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Pomp and pride at the Pit

Thousands of Lobos decked out in cherry red robes and mortarboards celebrated years of hard work at commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

University of New Mexico graduate Andrew Tafoya Leverett, right, hugs Lurdes Ortiz before walking onto the floor of the Pit at the university's commencement ceremony in Albuquerque on Saturday
University of New Mexico graduate Andrew Tafoya Leverett, right, hugs Lurdes Ortiz before walking onto the floor of the Pit at the university’s commencement ceremony in Albuquerque on Saturday. (Marla Brose/Journal)

Nearly 2,700 University of New Mexico students finished off their baccalaureate and associate degrees this semester, while hundreds more completed doctoral and master’s programs.

Cheered on by friends and loved ones, graduates walked one by one across a stage at WisePies Arena, aka the Pit, to receive their diplomas.

Graduate students were honored in a ceremony Friday, where psychiatrist Joel Delisa delivered a keynote address. On Saturday, undergraduate students heard a keynote address by graduate Kyle Stepp, who was diagnosed in 2008 with a rare form of bone cancer, according to a UNM press release.

An estimated 3,455 students are expected to receive degrees from UNM this semester.

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