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NMMI regents decide on graduation requirements, scholarships

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The New Mexico Military Institute Board of Regents voted Friday afternoon to waive some graduation requirements and to expand the use of one of its scholarship programs.

The virtual meeting was held using a web-based software application. Col. David West, chief of staff, provided a summary of the regents’ decisions regarding the two primary action items on the agenda.

The regents were asked to approve waivers of graduation requirements for high school and junior college cadets due to complete their programs in May.

West said the regents decided to grant all four waivers, which were requested due to the restrictions placed on in-person instruction as a result of the coronavirus situation. Two of the waivers dealt with a proficiency profile and a course-loan requirement for junior college students. The other two dealt with course-load and ACT testing requirements for high school cadets.

West said that the regents also agreed to authorize the expanded use of Knowles Legislative Scholarship funds. The scholarships were established and are funded primarily by the New Mexico Legislature to pay for up to four years at the Institute, with state legislators able to nominate scholarship recipients. But NMMI is able to determine scholarship criteria.

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West said that an administrative practice had limited the use of the scholarship funds to tuition and fees, but the regents agreed to allow the scholarship funds to be used for any costs associated with attending the Institute.

According to an online update by Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, president and superintendent, all cadets have now been able to leave the Institute. Some international students had remained on campus after the Institute closed, but now they either have been able to return home or people have agreed to host them until they can.

Grizzle also said that the Institute is planning to create a video that will serve as the May 16 graduation ceremony. It will include recordings of speakers and yearbook photos of students.