May 1, 2009 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center
More than 2,000 students are candidates for degrees and more than 1,400 will participate in New Mexico State University’s spring 2009 commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Pan American Center. Another 600 students are candidates for degrees at NMSU’s community colleges.
The morning program will include candidates for degrees from the Colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Business, Engineering and Extended Learning and graduate students receiving degrees from these colleges. The afternoon program will include candidates for degrees from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Health and Social Services and graduate students receiving degrees from these colleges.
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 honor former NMSU golf coach Herb Wimberly, as well as NMSU alumna and longtime TV newscaster Carla Aragon with honorary degrees during the ceremonies.
Wimberly will be honored for his tremendously successful career as both a professional golfer and a champion coach, and for his more than 47 years of dedication to NMSU, mentoring students and helping shape the next generation of leaders.
Aragon will be honored for her dedication to New Mexico as an outstanding community member and as a television journalist, starting first with KRWG-TV at NMSU and later as an anchor and reporter for KOB-TV in Albuquerque.