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Record number of graduates to participate in NMSU's Spring 2006 Commencement

Nearly 1,300 students have indicated they will participate in New Mexico State University's spring commencement Saturday, May 13, at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

nt, which will be webcast, begins at 9 a.m. Gates will open at 8 a.m. for guests, who will sit on the stadium's west side. Tickets are not required for the event.

New Mexico businessman Don Kidd, a former NMSU Regent, will receive an honorary doctorate for his service to the university and in the New Mexico Legislature and for his advocacy for higher education.

Expected warm weather reinforces the need for everyone to keep hydrated. A bottle of water will be placed by each graduating student's seat, and water and soft drinks for guests will be available at the concession stands, NMSU Registrar Michael Zimmerman said.

"The safety and welfare of our graduating students, their guests and others during commencement is of paramount importance to everyone at NMSU," Zimmerman said. "We have emergency responders in place should they be needed, but we'd like the event to run as smoothly as possible by having students and guests dress appropriately for the weather and use common sense when it comes to eating and drinking. If everyone does his part, commencement should truly be a joyous, memorable occasion."

Limited seating in the Pan American Center forced previous spring commencement ceremonies to be split, with colleges participating in either morning or afternoon ceremonies. This year, only one ceremony is needed, since the stadium's west side 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.

Bob Nosbisch
May 8, 2006