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New Mexico State University to pass a milestone -- more than 100,000 degrees

New Mexico State University, celebrating the 115th anniversary of its founding in 1888, will pass a milestone during its fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13 -- the total number of degrees awarded by the university will surpass 100,000.

s first graduating class through the spring 2003, NMSU has awarded 99,256 degrees -- 17,557 associate's degrees, 61,125 bachelor's degrees and 20,574 graduate degrees, according to records kept by the NMSU Registrar's Office.

As the fall 2003 semester draws to a close, 1,379 students are candidates for degrees. About 850 are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony.

By comparison, five students graduated during the first commencement ceremony in 1894, when the institution was known as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.

The Dec. 13 commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pan American Center. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Tickets are not required.

G.X. McSherry, a former New Mexico legislator and a leader in the agricultural community, will receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony. He is being honored for his inspirational example as a successful entrepreneur, for his service as a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives and for his leadership and expertise in water rights and usage in New Mexico.

McSherry is president of McSherry Inc., a ranching and farming operation in Deming. He served eight terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1982 to 1998 representing District 32 in Luna County and part of Dona Ana County. In 2001, then-Gov. Gary Johnson appointed him to the Water Trust Board as a representative of acequia water users. He also was named to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Water. He is considered an expert on the history of water rights and usage in New Mexico.