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ENMU-R holds commencement convocation for graduates

Shaina Roye addresses the graduates at Thursday’s Commencement Convocation in the Performing Arts Center at Eastern New Mexico University Roswell. Roye, was the commencement speaker and received her Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Paramedic at the Convocation. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell held its 72nd Commencement Convocation ceremony Thursday, honoring those who have completed the course requirements needed to obtain their certificates and college degrees.

In all, an estimated 120 graduates took part in the convocation in the Performing Arts Center on campus. Seven bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales were also recognized during the ceremony.

The convocation was divided into two ceremonies: one at 5:30 p.m. for graduate candidates in the arts and sciences and technical education programs, and a second at 7:30 p.m. for graduates of health education programs.

Shawn Powell, president of ENMU-R, congratulated the graduates on their achievements. Jeff Elwell, president of Eastern New Mexico University spoke, telling the graduates that they were about to end one chapter in their lives and begin another.

“Some of our students will go out into the career they studied for and be joining the workforce. Others will continue their education,” Elwell said.

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Shaina Roye, who was graduating from ENMU-R with an Associate of Applied Science degree in paramedics, was the commencement speaker.

A 31-year-old single mother, Roye entered Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s Emergency Medical Services Basic program in the fall of 2015, Powell said in his remarks introducing Roye.

She later applied for and was accepted into a paramedic cohort class in Clovis in the fall of 2018, driving from her hometown of Hobbs to Clovis to complete the program.

In her address, Roye spoke of the importance of the occasion for the graduating class.

“We did this. Today’s victory is a product of believing we could and pressing on. May we see ourselves as the conquering lion and not the defeated prey,” she said.

Roye also urged her fellow graduates to move forward in their endeavors with clarity of vision, while following their hearts and celebrating their victories.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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