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The Forty-First Annual Graduation Ceremony was held at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Tays Center at New Mexico State University Alamogordo. Graduates attending the ceremony received their commencement address from Ted Brinegar, 49th Wing Violence Prevention Integrator at Holloman AFB, and founder of Foxhole Homes, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a sustainable housing solution for homeless military veterans.

Rene Romo, Field Representative from the Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, and Cynthia Hull, Field Representative from the Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich attended. Letters of congratulations from each of the senators are posted on the NMSU-A Web Site.

Letter of Congratulations from United States Senator Tom Udall

Letter of Congratulations from United States Senator Martin Heinrich

Dr. Greg Fant, Associate Vice President and Deputy Provost, also attended as a representative of New Mexico State University.

The New Mexico All-State Team members, LaPorsha Campbell and Antionette Lovato, were recognized by Ty Trujillo, Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges. They were presented with medallions at the January 31st annual Community College Day at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

Dr. Jennifer Smith, winner of the Donald C. Roush Teaching Award, led the faculty in the processional. Coy Pruett gave the “Charge to the Graduates” speech to students receiving their High School Equivalency certificates and John Hurt gave the “Charge to the Graduates” speech to the Associate Degree Candidates. Gerardo Rodriguez-Sariñana, President of the League of United Latin American Citizens Young Adult chapter at NMSU-A, served as the Student Marshal.

The high school equivalency graduates were recognized by Maria Saenz, Director of Adult Education and the Academic Support Center.

The graduates who attended the ceremony received Associate Degrees in Allied Health, Arts, Automotive and Hybrid Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Business Office Technology, Business Management, Computing, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Education, Electronics Technology, Fine Arts, General Engineering, Graphic Design, Information Technology, Paralegal Studies, Pre-Business, Renewable Energy, Science, and Social Services. Students who received “work-force ready” Professional Certifications in EMT Basic, EMT First Responder, Nursing Assistant, and Phlebotomy Technician also received recognition.

Four students were recognized for their Distinguished Dual Credit Achievement for earning both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree. The General Engineering graduate, Derek Wagner, received a “hard hat” at the graduation ceremony, an engineering tradition.

Alumni were recognized at the ceremony for receiving various undergraduate degrees: Bachelors in Accountancy, General Business, Horticulture, Marketing, and Sociology.

There were a total of 93 students who participated in this year’s commencement ceremony. This included 8 NMSU-A Adult Education students who received their High School Equivalency Certificates. This also included 20 Professional Certificate recipients, and 61 Associate Degree and 4 Bachelor Degree Candidates.