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NMSU expects more than 1,000 graduates at fall commencement

New Mexico State University?s 2014 Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Pan American Center will celebrate over 1,455 graduates, including a large class of doctoral degree candidates. The university expects more than 1,000 students to participate in the ceremony at the Las Cruces campus.

The top of a graduate?s cap with artwork of the state and the letters NM.
New Mexico State University?s 2014 Fall Commencement will be Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Pan American Center. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The 79 doctoral candidates represent the largest class in the last six years. These candidates have earned the highest degree available in their field, and their achievement reflects years of study.

?Each doctoral candidate works closely with a faculty adviser, and these degrees demonstrate the extraordinary commitment of our faculty to academic achievement,? said Bernadette Montoya, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Of the 1,455 students who are degree candidates on the Las Cruces campus, 11 are associate degrees, 1,036 are bachelor's degrees, 329 are master?s degrees and 79 are doctoral degrees. Additionally, 498 associate degrees will be conferred to students graduating from NMSU Dona Ana Community College, NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants this fall. Summer graduates who did not participate in the spring commencement also were invited to attend.

Tickets are not required. The Pan American Center will open one hour prior to the ceremony. Candidates should check in east of the Pan American Center in Lot 32.

Arrowhead Drive between Triviz Drive and Stewart Street along the Pan Am will be closed for commencement. Candidates and general parking will be in the lots to the north and east of the Pan Am, with handicapped parking to the north and northeast of the building.

NMSU will recognize author Max Evans with an honorary degree during the ceremony.

Media covering the event should pick up a media pass in the coordinating center tent in Lot 32 east of the Pan American Center.

For more information, visit nmsu.edu/commencement.