49ers Celebration Schedule of Events

49ers Celebration Schedule of Events

September 26, 2017 

SOCORRO, N.M. – The annual 49ers Celebration – New Mexico Tech’s homecoming – features a weekend full of fun activities on campus and around town from Wednesday to Sunday, Oct. 18 to 22.

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Students, alumni, employees, and local residents are encouraged to participate in the annual 'M Mountain Run' on Friday, October 20.


The celebration gets into full swing Thursday evening with the opening tailgate party, live music, and food at Macey Center.

Another annual highlight of 49ers is the annual Paint the ‘M’ event on the morning of Friday, Oct. 20. This is the only time during the year that the general public is allowed on ‘M’ Mountain. Students are invited to carry 50-pound sacks of lime up the mountain to help give the ‘M’ its annual makeover. The first 20 students (or teams of students) to reach the ‘M’ with lime will earn $50. Alumni and NMT employees are also welcome to take part in the tradition that started in 1910.  The hike is about 2.5 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation change over rugged terrain. 

Participants must register between Monday, Oct. 2, and noon Thursday, Oct. 19. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. at the golf course parking lot. The last bus to the starting line will leave at 8:30 a.m.


Dr. Van Romero, V.P. of Research and a graduate of NMT, said “Painting the ‘M’ is much like going to school at Tech – it’s difficult, but worth the effort. Every student should experience this at least once during their career here. It’s a great tradition.”

Other highlights of the annual event include the alumni vs. students rugby match, a tailgate party, live music, and casino night. The festivities continue throughout the weekend, with student events, alumni gatherings and other activities around campus and Socorro.

2017 49ers Celebration Schedule


Wednesday, October 18

Movie Night. 8 p.m. in Workman 101. Free to students. Free popcorn too!

Thursday, October 19

The annual homecoming celebration for Techies!

Noon - 25th and 50th class reunions luncheon at Macey Center

5 pm - Tailgate party at Macey Center parking lot, Appetizers and cash bar. Music from 1967 and 1992

7:30 p.m. - Belly Dancing at Macey Center

8 p.m. - Comedy Night featuring Hailey Boyle

9 p.m. - Live music featuring Old Habits Die Hard and The Boxcar Preachers from Austin, Texas 

Friday, October 20

Tech's annual homecoming festivities continue. (And no classes today).

7 a.m. - Paint the 'M'. Register by emailing paintm@nmt.edu. All students are encouraged to help carry lime up the mountain -- or just hike up. Alumni are invited to take a van ride to the top

8 a.m. - Petroleum Engineering Department's annual Gold Rush Golf Tournament. 

2 p.m. - VLA self-guided tours. Alumni are invited to sign up in Fidel Center during registration. Transportation NOT provided.

3 p.m. - Heritage Events: gold panning, single strike drilling, swedish sawing contests. Campus Drive next to Driscoll Hall

3 p.m. - Tailgate party hosted by the rugby team

4:30 p.m. - Black and Blue Rugby game. Alumni vs students.

6 p.m. - Alumni reception at the President's home (1 Olive Lane)

6 p.m. - Dave Wheelock Roast and rugby team benefit dinner, Capital Bar

9 p.m. - Decades reunion at the Capital Bar (10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 year reunions)

9 p.m. - Live music in Socorro: https://www.socorronm.org/local-entertainment/live-music/

Saturday, October 21

11 a.m. - Annual 49ers Parade. Awards announced at noon on the Plaza.

1 p.m. - Alumni soccer game

3:30 p.m. - Alumni Association board meeting at the Bodega Burger Co.

4 p.m. - Casino Night

5 p.m. - Victor J. Sarracini Memorial fund raiser, alumni awards, cocktail party and dinner at the Bodega Burger Co.

8 p.m. - Casino night auction at Macey Center

Sunday, October 22

10 am - Farewell alumni breakfast/brunch at El Camino