Over the course of the next two days, over 1,800 students will graduate from the NMSU system with certificates, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, and doctoral degrees. The instruction and training they have received from NMSU will prepare them for the workforce, for further learning, and to be leaders in their communities. Although some of them will emerge with debt, it should be manageable, as the cost of an NMSU education is relatively low and the return on investment is high.
For most of our students, NMSU is truly a transformative experience. Not only have they received a high-quality education that will open many doors for them, they have made friendships that will last a lifetime, and they have connected with faculty and staff who have challenged them, and helped them, to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. The influence of faculty and staff on the lives of students is hard to overstate. Even 50 years later, former students remember, with great clarity, faculty and staff members who introduced them to new ideas and new ways of looking at the world, or who helped them make it through difficult times.
Commencement is a joyous time and a wonderful opportunity for all of us to celebrate not only what our students have accomplished at NMSU, but the difference they will make in the world as a result of their NMSU education. Thanks to all faculty and staff who participate in Commencement. The students truly appreciate your participation and having one last opportunity to express their gratitude for your good work.
For faculty attending Commencement on the Las Cruces campus, please remember that prior to the ceremony you are invited for breakfast in the Barbara Hubbard room beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The Regents, Chancellor, and I look forward to seeing you there.
With best wishes for the holidays,