Pride in our graduates

President John Floros at the Fall 2019 Outstanding Graduate Luncheon on December 13, 2019.

This week, we send another class of Aggies into the world. They leave us ready for careers of professional excellence filled with achievement and service. We can all take pride in our graduates.

Today, the Alumni Association honored this semester’s outstanding graduates. These eight students – one undergraduate from each college plus one master’s candidate and one doctoral candidate – are nominated by faculty and selected by their colleges. They are nominated based on academic achievements, leadership skills, and commitment to serving the university and the community.

A quick look through the stories of these graduates hints at their bright futures. Leadership, often with service organizations, is a common theme in their biographies. These students have international interests and have already begun to take on global challenges such as health disparities and the environment.

And they are passionate about both their own learning and teaching others. Many have conducted research. Their stories include their aspirations for additional degrees and certifications. They perform outreach at local schools, with their peers and in the community. They are an inspirational group of students.

Today and tomorrow, more than 1,200 students are graduating from NMSU, and they are all outstanding for many reasons. Among these students are seven who are at NMSU through the Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge, a program that serves seniors who returned after a break in their studies. These students showed exceptional resilience and determination, key traits of being an Aggie, as they returned to complete their degree. NMSU honors multiple paths toward student success, and I’m thrilled to see these students walk across the stage.

Many of our graduates fight hard to get here, and they understand the value of a college degree. Just as we can all take pride in our graduates, so too can we take pride in the academic programs we provide. In this month alone, two national rankings systems included NMSU programs because of their quality and value.

Congratulations to all of our graduates, and thanks to our faculty and staff for all your work. I welcome your comments at

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