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Celebrate Graduates at Fall Graduation Ceremony

Watching the dreams of students cross over into reality as they receive their degrees and certificates is always an inspirational sight for anybody who attends a CNM graduation ceremony. The event also sparks a great sense of pride in the faculty and staff who attend – as they watch the stirring rewards of their work materialize in the joy of graduates and their families.

Aug 30, 2016

December 2010

Spring 2010 Graduation
Watching the dreams of students cross over into reality as they receive their degrees and certificates is always an inspirational sight for anybody who attends a CNM graduation ceremony. The event also sparks a great sense of pride in the faculty and staff who attend – as they watch the stirring rewards of their work materialize in the joy of graduates and their families.

All CNM employees are encouraged to attend and enjoy the Fall 2010 Graduation Ceremony that will take place on Friday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in Tingley Coliseum. More than 400 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony, which will be the most to walk in a fall graduation ceremony.

"Not only does this ceremony provide graduates and their proud families with unforgettable memories that will be cherished for a lifetime, but it also gives our faculty and staff a chance to celebrate their contributions to the success of our students," CNM President Kathie Winograd said. "I encourage all CNM employees to attend our graduation ceremony. It's always a special experience."

Lameck Lukanga, the president and CEO of Albuquerque-based Royalty Life Records, will deliver the keynote address to the graduates. Lukanga, also known by his nickname as "Humble," will talk to students about his personal journey and the challenges he overcame to achieve his dream of running a successful record company that's on the rise. He'll also emphasize the power of education, which he says is the main reason he has been able to rise from a challenging childhood to become president of a promising record company in his early 20s Lukanga was born in Uganda, where he spent his early childhood years before living his adolescence in a poor section of Denver.

Albuquerque the Magazine named Lukanga one of its "15 People to Watch in 2009."

From his dorm room, Lukanga established Royalty Life Records in 2005 with a couple of his friends from the University of New Mexico. Lukanga graduated from UNM with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in May 2008 and earned his master's degree in Business Administration in December 2009.

Royalty Life Records' business model won the prestigious Piñon Award from Quality New Mexico in 2008.

Lukanga is also a partner for Madison Financial Group, which manages finances for high profile entertainers and athletes. He works in the company's sports division, where he works with NFL and NBA clients to help manage their finances and business ventures.

The student speaker for the graduation ceremony will be Elizabeth Grillo, a fall 2010 CNM graduate from the Nursing program and current president of the Student Nurses Association. Grillo, who is from Velarde in northern New Mexico, will talk about the power of a CNM education and the uplifting effects it has on students and their families.

CNM faculty and staff who are participating in the ceremony should arrive at Tingley Coliseum by 4 p.m. Those who are only attending the ceremony are encouraged to arrive by 4:45 p.m.

The event is free and open to all CNM employees and the family and friends of the graduates. For those employees participating in the ceremony, parking passes will be provided in your graduation ceremony packet for Gate 3, which is accessible from San Pedro and Copper Ave. General parking, which will be free, will be available from Gate 8, which is accessible from Louisiana Blvd.

For more information about the ceremony, call Student Activities at Ext. 3238.