Graduation ceremony to be split in two

Eastern New Mexico University’s spring commencement will take place May 11 at the Greyhound Arena.

ENMU assistant registrar Sara Ricklefs said 650 graduates will be awarded bachelor’s or master’s degrees, with just over 400 walking. The commencement will also comprise two separate ceremonies this semester. The ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will take place at 10 a.m., and the ceremony for the colleges of Business, Education and Technology, and Fine Arts will take place at 2 p.m.

The president’s office reported that having two ceremonies will allow families and guests to “be invited without being limited,” also adding that the Arena had exceeded its maximum capacity at previous ceremonies.

Former New Mexico Chief Justice Edward Chavez will be delivering the commencement address. According to ENMU’s Green & Silver Magazine, Chavez served as a justice for the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2003 before retiring in 2018, serving as chief justice from 2007–2010. Chavez said in a statement to the Green and Silver Magazine that he “attributes his success to Eastern,” adding that “ENMU laid the foundation for my career and was the perfect size for me to succeed.”

ENMU student Noah Alonzo will be graduating this spring with his bachelor’s in music and a minor in music composition.

“My fondest memory at ENMU would probably be my senior recital,” he said.

Alonzo said that for his recital, he had other students perform music he had composed.

“It was really nice to have all of my friends come and see, my family watch, and just to know that everyone is really proud of my accomplishments.”

Alonzo said having his recital made him optimistic about his future with his degree. After graduation, he said he will be going to Texas Tech University for graduate school for composition.

Another graduating senior, Anna Elswick, will be receiving her bachelor’s in graphic design with a minor in criminal justice. Elswick said her favorite part about attending ENMU was becoming involved at the Baptist Student Union Christian Challenge ministry and meeting new friends. She initially wants to become a police officer after graduating, but eventually, she wants to become a freelance graphic designer.

The doors open for guests at 9 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. No tickets are required. The ceremonies will also be streamed live.

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