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CNM Celebrated Student Success at Graduation Ceremony

April 19, 2017 -- Randy Mascorella, executive director of Special Olympics New Mexico, was the keynote speaker at CNM’s Spring Graduation Ceremony that took place on Saturday, May 6, at Tingley Coliseum.
CNM Celebrated Student Success at Graduation Ceremony

Apr 19, 2017

Mascorella has devoted her career to positively impacting people’s lives, especially by supporting those with disabilities through the Special Olympics program. She began as an instructor of physical education and moved into the coaching profession as an intercollegiate women’s basketball coach responsible for recruiting at the University of Dayton (1978-1980), Indiana University (1980-1985) and Iowa State University (1985-1989). Later, she moved on to serve at Special Olympics Iowa as the director of Outreach and Training (1989-1992).

Since 1992, Mascorella has been the executive director of Special Olympics New Mexico. As executive director, she is responsible to the 3,300 athletes and over 6,000 volunteers of Special Olympics. Mascorella has a bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Dayton.

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The student graduation speaker is Timothy Turner, who will be graduating from the School of. Business & Information Technology and is a member of the Executive Council of Students.

More than 620 graduates will don caps and gowns at the ceremony, including 41 College & Career High School students and 36 GED students. Nearly 190 faculty and staff members in graduation regalia will be on hand to celebrate the students’ life-changing achievement. An estimated 8,000 family and friends are expected to be in attendance to cheer on their graduates.

“The graduation ceremony is a time of year when we get to see our students and their families celebrate the end of one journey and the start of another,” said Rudy Garcia, CNM Dean of Students.

Entrance into Tingley Coliseum for the ceremony is free. There will be a $5 parking fee per car for families, friends and supporters of the graduates who are not participating in the ceremony. Parking is free for graduates and employees participating in the ceremony, but they must display their parking pass to gain free entry.

Graduation Parking Info

Graduation attendees are reminded to arrive early because there are several other events going on at Tingley on May 6.

Employees who will be participating and wearing regalia in the graduation ceremony will receive a parking pass that provides free access to parking through Gate 3 of EXPO New Mexico, which is accessible from the intersection of San Pedro and Copper.

Some additional parking information for graduates, family and friends

  • Graduates, family members and friends all enter Tingley Coliseum through Gate 8, located on Louisiana Blvd., just south of Lomas.
  • Parking for the Graduation Ceremony will be free for graduates who are participating (walking) in the actual ceremony. Graduates will receive one free parking permit from the Student Activities Office that will need to be displayed on their vehicles rearview mirror. If the parking permit is not displayed, a fee of $5will be charged for parking.
  • A $5 fee will be charged for all other vehicles attending the ceremony.