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ENMU-Roswell to hold fall commencement

Hagerman High School graduate and ENMU-Roswell student Kemberly Mendoza will be the guest speaker at ENMU-Roswell’s fall commencement on Dec. 7. (Submitted Photo)

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About 140 graduates are expected to participate in Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s Sixty-Eighth Commencement Convocation on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St.

In total, 322 certificates and 119 associate degrees have been completed by graduation candidates this fall semester, a 27-percent increase compared to fall of 2016. The featured speaker will be Kemberly Mendoza, candidate for graduation.

A graduate of Hagerman High School, Mendoza enrolled in the fall of 2016 at ENMU-Roswell as a Presidential Scholar. She was considering ENMU-Roswell, in addition to other colleges, to continue her education, but when she was offered the prestigious scholarship, that sealed her decision right away. It’s a decision she and her parents are glad she made.

Mendoza, 19, said ENMU-Roswell has opened her eyes to new opportunities. “You can still experience college life on a small campus,” she said. “I am glad that I began my college career at ENMU-Roswell and my parents are happy to have me at home.”

Mendoza took classes on campus and this semester, she completed all of her classes online. Coming from a small community, she said the transition to the Roswell campus was comfortable for her. “I have never been a shy person, but when you take a class with only about 20 students in it, you become more familiar with everyone and make new friends. That’s not the way it is for some of my friends at other universities with a lot of big classrooms.”

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She is receiving an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration and plans to continue her education toward a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at ENMU. She plans to take those classes online, although she is still undecided as to her ultimate career goal. “I feel that I am on the right path, I just don’t know what I want to do yet.” She would like to stay in this area and for now will continue working part time in the customer care center at First American Bank. Just like being selected as the commencement speaker for this ceremony, she knows life still has many surprises in store for her. “I was in shock. I never thought out of so many students, it would be me.”

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