NMSU to award more than 1,200 bachelor’s, advanced degrees during fall commencement

12/10/2016: NMSU President Garrey Carruthers speaks during the 2016 Fall Commencement at the Pan American Center. (Photo by Andres Leighton)

WRITER: Melissa R. Rutter

More than 1,200 New Mexico State University students are projected to participate in the fall commencement ceremony.

Commencement weekend will begin the evening of Friday, Dec. 7, with a hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates at the Pan American Center at 6 p.m.

Following that, students receiving their bachelor’s and master’s degrees will be honored Saturday, Dec. 8. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. and candidates from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and College of Health and Social Services will be recognized.

NMSU will recognize Ramakrishna and Ammu Devasthali as the honorary degree recipients during Friday’s ceremony.

A total of 1,270 candidates at NMSU’s main campus will receive the following degrees:
– Associate degree: 4
– Bachelor’s degree: 918
– Master’s degree: 287
– Doctoral degree: 61

The following number of degrees will be awarded from each college:

– Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: 107
– Arts and Sciences: 367
– Business: 120
– Education: 76
– Engineering: 183
– Health and Social Services: 69
– Graduate School: 348

Additionally, 456 associate degrees and 171 certificates will be conferred to students graduating from NMSU Dona Ana Community College, NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants this fall.

The Pan American Center will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Tickets are not required. Graduates should check in east of the Pan Am in Lot 32.

Arrowhead Drive between Triviz Drive and Stewart Street along the Pan Am will be closed during commencement. Graduates and the general public should park in the lots to the north and east of the Pan Am, with handicapped parking to the north and northeast of the building.

For family and friends who cannot make it out to the commencement ceremonies, Information & Communication Technologies Video Services will be live streaming them at: http://panopto.nmsu.edu/commencement/

Media covering the event should park in the south lot and obtain a media pass in the tent located in Lot 32, east of the Pan Am.

For more information about the commencement ceremony, visit commencement.nmsu.edu.


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