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NMSU commencement ceremonies to be broadcast over the Web

New Mexico State University's spring 2004 graduation ceremonies will be broadcast live on the Internet at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15.


adcast will be available in Quick-Time and Windows Media formats, and high and low speeds will be available. To view the events on Saturday, go to the NMSU home page at www.nmsu.edu, click the "Commencement" button, then click "Live Internet Broadcast."

Graduates of the colleges of Agriculture and Home Economics, Business Administration and Economics and Engineering, including graduate students receiving degrees from those colleges, will participate in the morning ceremony at the Pan American Center.

Graduates of the colleges of Education, Arts and Sciences and Health and Social Services, including graduate students receiving degrees from those colleges, will participate in the afternoon ceremony at the Pan American Center.

More than 1,800 students are candidates for degrees and more than 1,000 will participate in commencement ceremonies. Tickets are not required. The Pan Am Center will open an hour before each ceremony.

Harrison Hagan Schmitt, geologist and former Apollo astronaut, will receive an honorary doctorate and will speak at both of the ceremonies.

Schmitt is being honored for the inspirational example he has set as a successful geologist, pilot, Apollo astronaut, and businessman; for his service as a member of the U.S. Senate; and for his leadership on policy issues regarding space and the American Southwest.

Schmitt studied at Caltech, as a Fulbright Scholar at Oslo and at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in geology in 1964 based on field studies in Norway. He was selected for the Scientist-Astronaut program in 1965 and after training as back-up Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 15, Schmitt served in this position on Apollo 17 - the last Apollo mission to the moon. On Dec. 11, 1972, he landed in the Valley of Taurus-Littrow as the only scientist and the last of 12 men to step on the moon.

After two years managing NASA's Energy Program Office, Schmitt fulfilled a long-standing personal commitment by running for the U.S. Senate in 1976. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 1982 representing his home state of New Mexico

Today, the native of Silver City, N.M., consults, speaks and writes on policy issues of the future, space and the American Southwest.