Thirty-Fifth Annual Graduation Ceremony – May 11, 2012
The Thirty-Fifth Annual Graduation Ceremony was held at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Tays Center at New Mexico State University Alamogordo.
Graduates attending the ceremony received their commencement address from The Honorable Ron Griggs, Former Mayor of the City of Alamogordo. Dara Parker, Field Representative from the Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman; and Elizabeth Driggers, Field Representative from the Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, read special letters of congratulations to the graduates from each of the senators. Ty Trujillo, Executive Director of New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, presented the New Mexico All-State/All-USA Academic Team members, Robin Lyn and Matthew Skinner, with medallions.
Bill Lockhart, winner of the Roush Teaching Award, was this year’s Faculty Marshal and led the faculty and staff in the processional. Davina Weber gave the “Charge to the Graduates” to the Bachelor of Science candidates. Daniel Taylor gave the “Charge to the Graduates” to the associate degree candidates. Krystal Morales, Recording Secretary for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society served as the Student Marshal.
The graduates that attended received associate degrees in Arts, Biomedical Electronics Technology, Business Office Technology, Criminal Justice, Education, Electronics Technology, Fine Arts, Fire Science, General Studies, Graphic Design, Information Technology, Nursing, Occupational Business, Paralegal Studies, Pre-Business, Science and Social Services.
At the ceremony, there were also three students who were candidates for Bachelor 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. Four students were recognized for receiving their Master’s Degrees.
There were 82 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 Robin Lyn.
- Mary Ellen Keith Presented the West Publishing Outstanding Legal Studies Award to Lisa Lance.
The Outstanding Alumnus award was presented to Nancy Montgomery. Dolores Griggs and Ron Griggs received the “Friend of the College” awards.