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New Mexico Senator Ortiz y Pino keynote speaker at NMSU-Albuquerque ceremony

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino will be the keynote speaker at the New Mexico State University-Albuquerque Master of Social Work hooding and pinning ceremony Sunday, May 16, at 3 p.m. in the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd.

Pino, a professional social worker, will also lead the social work induction oath during the ceremony that will include the graduates receiving their master's gown hood and a scroll copy of the oath, taken from the preamble to the National Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics, which is the professional equivalent of medicine's Hippocratic Oath.

NMSU has offered classes for the masters' degree in social work in Albuquerque since 2001. Currently the program is offered at the NMSU-Albuquerque Center, located at 4501 Indian School Road.

This is the seventh group of graduates to participate in the local ceremony, which is organized by the Graduate Student Social Workers' Association in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque graduates organize this celebration every year, which makes it very personal for them and their families.

The Albuquerque graduates join the 50 Las Cruces graduates for a total of 76 new Master of Social Work professionals to enter the field. The Albuquerque graduates are Roberta Adeky-Yazzie, Melyssa Agee-Mares, Anna Aguilera, Jennifer Archuleta-Earp, Kimberly Beatty, Stacy Bond, Michael Budnik, Robert Chapman, Juan Chavez, Jermona Ellis, Kim Euston, Gayle Foster, Monique Garcia, Trish Korenchen, Lisa Nance, Michelle Nelson, Laura Ostner, Kelli Owen, Nancy Rasch, Andrea Rascon-Thorpe, Joe Roybal, Maryhelen Short, Staci Soto, Erin Sullivan, Jacob Torrez and Brenda Woodyard.