May 10, 2013
The Thirty-Sixth Annual Graduation Ceremony was held at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Tays Center at New Mexico State University Alamogordo.
Graduates attending the ceremony received their commencement address from Regent Javier Gonzales, New Mexico State University Board of Regents. Elizabeth Driggers, Field Representative from the Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Dara Parker, Field Representative from the Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, read special letters of congratulations to the graduates from each of the senators. Ty Trujillo, Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, presented the New Mexico All-State/All-USA Academic Team members, Hannah McCurdy and Patrick Stewart, with medallions. Hannah was selected as a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Winner–a Gold Scholar. She is one of the fifty students in the nation to receive this honor. Patrick Stewart was awarded the Silver Award. Selections are based on scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition
Wanda Wakkinen, winner of the Roush Teaching Award, was this year’s Faculty Marshal and led the faculty and staff in the processional. Jessica Lopez gave the “Charge to the Graduates” speech to the Bachelor of Science candidates. Patrick Stewart gave the “Charge to the Graduates” speech to the associate degree candidates. James Flores, (Treasurer for the The Culinary Club; member of the League of Latin American Citizens, Youth Council; and student senator) served as the Student Marshal.
The graduates that attended the ceremony received associate degrees in Arts, Automotive and Hybrid Technology, Biomedical Electronics Technology, Business Office Technology, Computer Animation, Criminal Justice, Education, Early Childhood, Electronics Technology, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Information Technology, Nursing, Occupational Business, Paralegal Studies, Pre-Business, Science and Social Services.
At the ceremony, there were also four students who were candidates for Bachelor of Science Degrees in Elementary Education through the Distance Learning program at New Mexico State University, and one student who received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. One student was recognized for receiving a Master of Arts Degree in Education. Two certificate recipients also participated in this year’s graduation event. A Criminal Justice Degree was awarded posthumously to student, Noel Chesbro.
There were 93 students in total who participated in this year’s commencement ceremony.
Scholastic Awards were presented by faculty to students:
• Bill Lockhart presented the Behavioral Science Academic Excellence Award to Sandy Barnes
• Mary Ellen Keith Presented the West Publishing Outstanding Legal Studies Awards to Newby Burns and Laura Czymbor.
The Outstanding Alumnus award was presented to Casey Hillis-Mazure. Remick Ham received the “Friend of the College” award.
Photos of the ceremony can be viewed HERE
The Admissions Day Event is just around the corner and it’s all happening here on the Alamogordo campus! All graduating seniors have an opportunity to speak to Student Success staff members, admit into NMSUA and even take placement tests. Additional highlights of the occasion are a campus tour and lunch for those in attendance. Our first Admissions Day is May 30th 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Student Services. Following events will be June 15th & 28th and July 13th & 26th. If you are a graduating senior or if you know one, don’t miss out on jumpstarting your education!
Gary Anderson has been chosen by the administration, faculty, & staff of Academy Del Sol to be their NMSU-A Student of Merit for 2013. Gary graduated from Academy Del Sol this month after attending ADS since January of 2012. He plans to attend NMSU-A this fall taking the preliminary courses to follow his interest in engineering. He is also interested in the culinary arts.
“One of the most pleasant, positive, and diligent young men we have seen in a while,” says principal, Linda Carr. According to Dawn Provencher, Counselor, his presence and contributions as an office assistant were a great asset.
PHOTO (L-R): Hope Patterson, NMSU-A Public Information Office; Gary Anderson, 2013 NMSU-A Student of Merit; Linda Carr, Principal, Academy Del Sol.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich’s Letter to Graduating Class of 2013 (PDF)
Friday, May 10, 2013 at the NMSU Alamogordo Tays Center, NMSU ALamogordo held its Thirty-Sixth Annual Commencement Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. The ceremonies were open to the public.
There were 273 graduate applicants from NMSU Alamogordo. Graduates attending the ceremony received their commencement address from Regent Javier Gonzales, New Mexico State University Board of Regents. Elizabeth Driggers, a field representative from United States Senator, Tom Udall’s office; Dara Parker from United States Senator, Martin Heinrich’s office; and Mr. Ty Trujillo, Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges were also present and addressed the audience briefly.
The graduates received associate degrees in 3D Computer Animation, Arts, Automotive and Hybrid Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Business Office Technology, Criminal Justice, Education, Electrical Apprenticeship, Electronics Technology, General Studies, Graphic Design, Information Technology, Nursing, Occupational Business, Paralegal Studies, Pre-Business, Science and Social Services. The three graduates from the Automotive and Hybrid Technology were the first to graduate from NMSU-A’s newest program. Graduates receiving their Bachelor of Science Degrees in Elementary Education, through the Distance Learning program at New Mexico State University and certificate recipients also participated in the graduation ceremony.
Thursday evening, May 9th at the Tays Center, the 2013 graduates of NMSU-A’s Nursing Program were celebrated with the traditional “Capping & Pinning” ceremony. A large audience of family, friends, and well wishers were present to pay honor to the 14 graduates, acknowledging their long hours of study, preparation, and success.
The feature of the celebration was each graduate receiving their pin (see photos) by special family members and receiving their cap (women) or band (men). These 14 graduates are now ready to enter the nursing profession.
Keynote speaker was Dr. Jan Starr, Director of NMSU-A Nursing, who spoke of the importance of nurses developing their creed. She shared the points of her personal creed and suggested they could borrow the points of hers until they developed their own. The keynote address was followed with the history of the pin, cap, and lamp, delivered by Becky Ross.
The celebration drew to a close with the graduates lighting the traditional lamps and reciting the “Nightingale Pledge” which is an adaptation of the Physician’s Hippocratic Oath. (Excerpt) “I solemnly pledge…I will be active in assisting others in safeguarding and promoting the health and happiness of mankind.” The pledge in its entirety exemplifies the dedication and honor of those reciting it to their chosen profession.
Nursing graduate, Diana Blondell, closed the ceremony with a farewell address and prayer.
Two weeks before classes begin each term, students will be able to register for any course on any campus provided space is available and they meet prerequisites. This year, open registration for summer classes begins May 9th and for fall classes on August 8.