Record Number of Students Cross Graduation Finish Line
CNM will award 4,182 associate degrees and certificates this spring, which is an all-time record for a single term. The record number includes 1,137 Associate of Arts (AA) degrees, 650 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, 45 Associate of Science (AS) degrees and 2,350 certificates.
Of the grads, about 600 students will walk in Saturday's graduation ceremony.
CNM Dean of Students Rudy Garcia is particularly pleased by the record-breaking number of awards being presented this year. “I have been an employee of CNM for 23 years and graduated from the college when it was TVI in 1982,” he said. “It is on graduation day that I experience what it means to be a CNM employee when I see hundreds of graduates walk into the coliseum filled with a sense of pride and success as they end one journey and begin another one in their lives. Go Suncats!”
Delivering the keynote speech at the May 4 graduation will be native-born New Mexican John M. Garcia, who was appointed by the White House in 2011 to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Garcia, a senior leader in the VA, fosters partnerships and acts as a liaison between state, local, tribal and international governments. Prior to joining the VA, he was appointed by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the first Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. He also served as president of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (1985-91), and he is a founding member of the Vietnam Veterans of New Mexico and the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans of America.