ENMU prepares for pomp and circumstance

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Long hours, miles of paperwork and countless hours of class and study time will soon pay off for the 368 Eastern New Mexico University students scheduled to receive there diplomas on Saturday.

Commencement ceremonies at Greyhound Arena, begin at 10 a.m., according to ENMU communications director Wendel Sloan.
Mother of five and grandmother of five, Clovis resident Sandra Turner has spent the past 27 years juggling family and school work. On Saturday Turner will cross the stage and receive not one, but two bachelors of science degrees in psychology and sociology, Turner said.

“This has been something I’ve done, not just for myself, but for them (family),” Turner said. “I could not have done it without the glory of God,” Turner said.

Turner says a strong faith in God and support from her family, has helped her overcome the struggles of juggling her home life with her school life.

Throughout her path to education, her parents and children have always offered their support through many prayers, she said.

“It’s so hard being a mother and a wife and balancing everything. God helped me through all of that and walking across the stage, I will give all the glory to God,” Turner said.

For local couple, Heath and Jaime Hacker, they to have had to juggle school work and family. The couple, who have two children, will both be graduating on Saturday. Jaime will graduate with a master’s degree in mass communications, while Heath will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in general agriculture, Jaime said.

“We struggled with the usual stuff, with both of us being in college, how to pay the bills, worrying about class and if you’re going to graduate,” Jaime said.

Edward L. Chavez, chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court will be the keynote speaker. A Santa Fe native, Chavez graduated from ENMU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with honors in personnel management, Sloan said.

Chavez received his juris doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1981. He has served on the New Mexico Supreme Court since 2003 and was appointed chief justice on Jan. 10, 2007, according to an ENMU press release.

At a glance

What: Eastern New Mexico University Commencement Ceremony
When: 10 a.m., Saturday
Where: Greyhound Arena

What: ENMU Commencement Reception for 2007 Fall Graduates
When: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday
Where: Campus Union Building Ballroom

What: Spring 2007 Academic
Honors Convocation
When: 1:30 p.m., Friday
Where: ENMU University Theater Center

What: Nurse’s Pinning Ceremony
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday
Where: ENMU Buchanan Hall, located in the Music Building

What: African-American Affairs Graduation Reception
When: 6:30 p.m., Friday
Where: Becky Sharp Auditorium, located in the College of Business
RSVP: 562-2437 or enmu.africanamericanaffairs@enmu.edu