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Don Kidd to be honored at NMSU commencement

New Mexico businessman Don Kidd will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

New Mexico businessman Don Kidd will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's spring

Kidd is being honored for his advocacy for higher education, for his service to NMSU as a supporter and former Regent, for his service in the New Mexico Legislature and for the many years of mentoring he has provided to students and his colleagues.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Commencement ceremonies have been moved to Aggie Memorial Stadium due to construction at the Pan American Center.

In past years, limited seating in the Pan American Center has forced spring commencement ceremonies to be divided, with colleges participating in either morning or afternoon ceremonies. This year, only one ceremony is needed. Gates will open at 8 a.m. for guests to sit on the stadium's west side, which can seat a little less than 15,000 people. There will be an enclosed area near the stage for family and friends to take photographs.

The ceremony is expected to take less than three hours. Tickets are not required.

More than 1,300 graduates have said they will attend this year's spring commencement.

Kidd is president and chief executive officer of Western Commerce Bank in Carlsbad, N.M.; chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Western Bank in Alamogordo, N.M.; and president and chief executive officer of Western Bank in Clovis, N.M.

He served three terms in the New Mexico Senate representing District 34 in Eddy, Lea and Otero counties. He was co-author of New Mexico's predatory lending law and has testified in state legislatures on mortgage lending abuses. He has said serving as co-sponsor of the New

Mexico Lottery Scholarship is one of his most memorable accomplishments during his tenure in the Legislature.

Kidd serves as an advisory director for the Bank of the Southwest Board of Directors, chairman and board member of New Mexico Appleseed, and as a board member of the National Center for Responsible Lending in Washington, D.C.

From 1985 to 1991, Kidd served as a member of the NMSU Board of Regents. He also has been a supporter of the NMSU Art Gallery and KRWG-TV. He has been an NMSU Foundation Board member and a member of the NMSU Crimson Society. He is a member of the NMSU Pioneers and President's Associates.

Kidd and his wife, Sarrah, have donated to several NMSU scholarships and in 1986 established the Don and Sarrah Kidd NMSU Scholarship Fund, which provides two transfer scholarships per year for students at NMSU-Carlsbad who will continue their education at NMSU's main campus in Las Cruces.

Kidd is one of the founding directors and past chairman of the Western States School of Banking at the University of New Mexico and is a past president of the New Mexico Bankers Association. He is a past president of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and former chairman of the National Rural Development Association.

Higher education has been important to Kidd, who has served on the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation and the New Mexico Roundtable on the Future of Higher Education. In Carlsbad, he has served as treasurer for the Board for the Carlsbad Literacy Program. He is a past president of the Guadalupe Medical Center Board of Directors, Eddy County United Way and the Eddy County Sheriff's Posse.

Kidd was born in Crowell, Texas, and moved to Carlsbad from El Paso, Texas, in 1972. The Kidds have three children, Vickye Faulk, Renai Schuller and Sarah "Dion" Kidd-Johnson.