Students Welcomed to New Mexico Tech for 22-23 Academic Year 

Aug. 24, 2022

Picnics, info fairs, convocation included in “Weeks of Welcome” activities

Department BBQ
New student Gwenevere Caquette, second from right, checks out the Psychology Department table at the Department BBQ Aug. 19, 2022. Associate Professor Taffeta Elliott, Ph.D., left, Florence Kubic, and Hunter Lane, right, provide information about the department, faculty, and courses.


SOCORRO, N.M. – New and returning New Mexico Tech students received a warm welcome back to campus the first few weeks of the 2022-2023 academic year. Students participated in a variety of activities aimed at introducing them to campus organizations, activities, traditions, and resources.

garage sale
Students check out the merchandise at a free garage sale of household items Aug. 24, 2022.

Tech President Stephen G. Wells kicked off the students’ return at a Convocation ceremony Aug. 14, 2022, at Macey Center, advising freshmen and transfer students that the years ahead of them will be interesting, hectic, and will go by quickly.

Movie night
Students file through the food line at the “Fun Foods and Free Movie” event Aug. 12, 2022. Movie nights will continue throughout the semester.

“The beginning of a new academic year is always filled with promise,” he said. “As members of New Mexico Tech’s newest class, you stand at the precipice of another significant step in your journey. Our university is teeming with excitement to welcome you and the ingenuity, intellect, and work ethic you bring to our campus. More importantly, we’re every bit as enthusiastic to provide you the support, counsel, and guidance our institution is renowned for as you progress towards one of the most valuable college degrees in the nation.”

Signing banner at Convocation
Students autograph a banner at the new student Convocation Aug. 14, 2022. The banner will hang periodically throughout the year at Fidel Center to welcome new students.

The student Convocation ceremony also featured introductions of key faculty and staff and words of wisdom from Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Jackson, who spoke about the importance of attending class and making the most of their years at Tech by getting involved on campus. Other first week events included a department BBQ picnic, movie night, a free garage sale of household items, and a resource scavenger hunt.

Michael Voegerl at Convocation
Michael Voegerl, director of the Center of Student Leadership and Engagement and international programs coordinator, welcomes new students at the Convocation Aug. 14, 2022, at the Macey Center.

Students are using a downloadable app to keep track of the dozens of events during the “Weeks of Welcome” Aug. 14 to Sept. 11. An evolving schedule of activities is online at and can be easily downloaded on students’ cell phones through the Guidebook app.

Dr. Stephen G. Wells at Convocation
President Stephen G. Wells addresses new students at Convocation Aug. 14, 2022, providing them with historical information about the university and encouraging them to make the most of their time at New Mexico Tech.

Upcoming events include Fresh Check Day on Sept. 9, featuring mental health and academic assistance resources, study skills sessions, canyon hikes, and introductions to intramural sports clubs.

Students mingle with faculty and staff after the Convocation ceremony in the Macey Center lobby.

Tech’s Division of Student Life also is hosting the inaugural Parent and Family Weekend Sept. 16 to 18, which is aimed at providing an opportunity for families of new and returning students to visit their students and experience campus and community life. In addition to the President’s Annual Golf Tournament and other events on campus that weekend, the city is also hosting SocorroFest, which will provide families the opportunity to get to know Tech’s host community through cultural, social, and athletic activities. 

Sand volleyball
New Mexico Tech students play sand volleyball during Welcome Weekend.