December 4, 2009 by Justin Bannister NMSU NewsCenter
The caps and gowns have arrived and the announcements are in the mail. A total of 1,839 New Mexico State University students are candidates for degrees, including nearly 400 students from NMSU’s community colleges. Of those, nearly 1,000 students are expected to take part in NMSU’s fall 2009 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Pan American Center. Tickets are not required.
Candidates for degrees should check in east of the Pan Am. Payne Street between Triviz Drive and Stewart Street along the Pan Am will be closed for commencement. Graduate and general parking will be in the lots to the north and east of the Pan Am, with handicapped parking to the north and northeast of the building.
NMSU will award an honorary degree to José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, an NMSU graduate and the newly elected governor of Querétaro, Mexico, during commencement.
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 workers’ 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.