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Graduates achieve milestone at commencement

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell graduates celebrate the receipt of their diplomas and certificates Thursday night after crossing the podium during the university’s 68th commencement ceremony. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Set goals, broaden your horizons and work hard to achieve dreams, graduates of Eastern New Mexico University and ENMU-Roswell heard as they were recognized for the results of their college efforts.

“Expanding our horizons and trying new things are the most valuable lessons I have learned from my teachers and family,” says commencement speaker Kemberly Mendoza. With her are father Javier Mendoza, husband George Ortiz and mother Patricia Mendoza. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

About 364 people completed 322 certificates and 119 associate degrees from ENMU-R this fall, while 11 received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ENMU. About 64 of those students participated in the 68th Commencement Convocation Thursday night at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center surrounded by a crowd of hundreds of friends and family members.

Speaker Kemberly Mendoza of Hagerman, a Presidential Scholar who received her associate of arts degree in business administration, quoted Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., about the importance of following intuition and values in determining a future direction and then working hard to succeed.

“It takes more than just being present to succeed.” Mendoza told her fellow graduates. “You have to have goals and dreams to ultimately achieve academic success.”

Dr. John Madden, president of ENMU-R, and Dr. Jeff Elwell, president of ENMU, congratulated the graduates and their parents and urged them on to future achievements.

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“You have the determination, the persistence, the ability and the drive to get this far,” said Elwell, “and I know you will do great things in the future and make us proud.”

Mendoza is among those who plans to prove him right. She intends to continue her work at First American Bank and to earn a bachelor’s degree from ENMU.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.