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NMSU to honor Mexican governor Calzada Rovirosa with degree

New Mexico State University will award an honorary degree to José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, an NMSU graduate and the newly elected governor of Querétaro, Mexico, during the fall 2009 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Pan American Center. Tickets are not required. The Pan American Center will open an hour before each ceremony.

Governor José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa of Querétaro, Mexico, will receive an honorary degree during New Mexico State University's fall 2009 commencement ceremony. (Submitted photo)

Calzada Rovirosa will be honored for his dedication to serving the people of Mexico, especially in his home state of Querétaro. During his career in public service, he has focused on economic reforms and championed worker's rights and environmental causes, all while continuing to show support of his alma mater, New Mexico State University.

Calzada Rovirosa was elected governor of Querétaro in July for a six-year term that began in October. His father, Antonio Calzada Urquiza, held the same office 30 years ago. Calzada Rovirosa also served the state as senator in Mexico's legislature from 2006 until 2009. While in office, he focused on economic reforms, including crafting a consumer protection law that provided better customer access to information such as bank fees and blocked pre-approvals for credit cards.

He previously served as a federal delegate for Mexico's secretary of labor. While there, he worked to improve the rights of workers - an issue that remains one of his main objectives today.

Calzada Rovirosa holds a bachelor's degree in administration from the Universidad del Nuevo Mundo, an MBA from New Mexico State University and a graduate specialization in government and metropolitan and regional administration from Mexico's National Institute for Public Administration. He regularly teaches a course on international treaties at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.

Calzada Rovirosa is married to Sandra Albarran. They have three children, Sandra (born in Las Cruces), José and Diego. Calzada Rovirosa's niece and brother both attended New Mexico State University as well, graduating in 2008 and 1982.