Graduation day approaches

Eastern New Mexico University will be holding a graduation ceremony on Dec. 15 with Richard A. Schwartz as the commencement speaker.

“What I learned during my undergrad years was the commitment from my teachers back then,” said Schwartz. “And I’d like to think that I offer the same commitment to my students.”

Schwartz is a Grammy-considered saxophonist, who performed for regional, national and international events in North America, South America and Europe. He is currently assistant professor of saxophone and jazz at ENMU.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been a commencement speaker,” said Schwartz, “I was completely elated when I was asked to be a part of the ceremony. I’m very honored.”

Each student will take something different away from their academic years that they can use in their everyday life and throughout their career. Whether it’s a proper way to right a research paper or how to speak in front of large crowds, each graduate has experiences that help pave the way for their dream careers.

“Learning how to grow up was by far the hardest thing I experienced here at ENMU,” said upcoming graduate Candace Eckels. “When I came down here, I didn’t know anyone. This town taught me to break out of my shell and to be myself without the influence of family and friends.”

“Intro to Photography with Dr. Dean was my favorite class I took at ENMU,” added Eckels. “She taught me how to be creative, and I owe a lot of my creativity to her. Dr. Dean was inspirational.”

The graduation ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in the Greyhound Area. Live stream of the ceremony will also be offered to friends and family who can’t be in attendance. More information can be found on the commencement instructions page listed at

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