Celebrating successes

The end of every academic year is a time for celebration. As regularly as clockwork, classes end, finals are over and students graduate. We acknowledge the accomplishments of our newly tenured and promoted faculty. “Pomp and Circumstance” plays, and we gather one last time before dispersing for the summer.

Although we hit every one of those milestones this semester, we all know that this was no ordinary semester. The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and historic, but we faced its challenges as a community, however dispersed, dedicated to serving the mission of New Mexico State University.

Despite the distance between us, Aggies served that mission boldly with creativity and innovation, in the classroom and our communities. We learned new technologies. We studied COVID-19 as scientists and interpreted it through art. We broadcast educational materials for students in homes and helped businesses reach new online markets. We manufactured PPE, and we gave with generosity. We did this all and much more with passion. This passion is the force that drives us to serve our students, our academic disciplines, this region, this state and this university. Our passion makes NMSU great.

So, take a moment and celebrate the milestones we successfully achieved this academic year. Do something you truly love: Spend time with family. Enjoy the sunset or the sunrise. Take a walk or a hike, stop to admire a flower, or watch a movie. But most importantly, take time to celebrate and rest, because new challenges ahead are waiting for us all.

On a final note, Commencement is at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Stop by and congratulate our graduates. Dress is casual, there will be no traffic to fight, and you can enjoy it from your most comfortable chair. The ceremony will be live-streamed and available on:

Be bold, be kind, be safe.

Go Aggies!

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