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NMSU to host student veteran graduation cord ceremony

New Mexico State University?s Military and Veterans Programs will host a student veteran graduate cord ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Pete V. Domenici Hall.


Man sits in crowd at commencement ceremony.
A fall 2013 New Mexico State University graduate wears his military veteran honor cord during the commencement ceremony. NMSU?s Military and Veterans Programs will present graduation cords to student veterans at a ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Pete V. Domenici Hall. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Veterans and active-duty military members who are 2015 spring graduates will be presented red, white and blue cords to wear with their academic regalia at the NMSU commencement ceremonies May 9 at the Pan American Center.

This semester, NMSU has 79 military and veteran students graduating, including 53 undergraduate and 26 graduate students, who have posted an average GPA of 3.42. Approximately 30 percent are graduating from science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, while another 30 percent are in public service-related fields.

?Classified as ?non-traditional? students, the average age of our graduating students is 33,? said Jacobo Varela, director of Military and Veterans Programs. ?They are a diverse group of people who bring a high level of maturity and global perspective to the classroom. We are honoring our veterans by providing them with a red, white and blue cord to wear as regalia during the commencement ceremony.?

For more information on Military and Veterans Programs at NMSU, visit http://mvp.nmsu.edu.