Lt. governor to speak at ENMU commencement

Freedom Newspapers

Diane Denish, New Mexico’s first woman lieutenant governor, will be the featured speaker at spring commencement at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday, May 13.

Approximately 367 students will receive degrees during the commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. at Greyhound Arena. This will include the awarding of 285 bachelor’s degrees, 79 master’s degrees and three associate’s degrees.

Denish is a lifelong New Mexican who was raised in Hobbs. As the former chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, she has lived throughout the state and owned a small business for 12 years before getting into politics. Denish was named one of the top 100 New Mexicans in homnor of her community leadership. In addition, she has served as chair of the New Mexico Community Foundation and New Mexico Tech Board of Regents. In 2004, she was honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a Child Health Advocate and has received many other honors as well.
Pre-graduation activities will be held on Friday, and will include a BSN-Completion Program Nurse Pinning Ceremony, a commencement reception for graduates and an honors convocation.

Four nurses will receive their pins during their nurse pinning ceremony from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. inside Buchanan Hall in the ENMU Music Building. The four individuals have earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

At 3 p.m. on Friday inside the University Theatre Center, ENMU will honor those students who will graduate with honors distinctions during an Honors Convocation.

Also on Friday, a commencement reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Campus Union Ballroom for all graduates, their family and friends. Faculty and staff are also invited to attend. The reception is sponsored by the ENMU Alumni Association.

For more information, call 562-2253.