Tribute to Our Military and Veteran Graduates

NMSU Military and Veterans Programs and DACC Veterans Programs are extremely disappointed that we are unable to host the Military and Veteran Student Cord Ceremony for our Spring 2020 Graduates.  However, to keep all our Aggies and their guest safe, we must abide by state and federal regulations regarding social gatherings.

During our Student Cord Ceremony our students are presented with red, white, and blue honor cords.  The cords honor our military and veteran’s service to our great country and represent their academic successThe cord is a way for our military and veteran students to be recognized for their service and to be proudly worn during CommencementAs each student’s name is read aloud and the student is presented with their cord, we cannot help but look around the audience and notice all the proud smiles.  Despite the name of the ceremony, the event is about much more than the cord itself.  The ceremony is a way for our offices to recognize the significance of our military and veteran students obtaining a college degree.  It is significant because gaining a college education requires a certain level of motivation and commitment.

Although we cannot physically host a ceremony which recognizes our military and veteran students as they so rightfully deserve we would like to honor them in the best way we can at this time.  As a small token of our appreciation, we created the Tribute to Our Military and Veteran Graduates page to recognize our military and veteran student graduating class of 2020 and to congratulate them for reaching their goals.

Every student has a story to tell, and only you know what it’s like to walk proudly knowing that you have served this great Country with honor and now completed another amazing milestone in your life.  Take pride in the steps that you have taken and in the steps in which you are about to embark.

Congratulations Spring 2020 Military and Veteran graduates!

 

Danny H. Akens, U.S. Army Veteran
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Animal Science. "It would not have been a graduation without the family support (my son and daughter)! I also wanted to thank everyone at the Military and Veterans Programs, you all really have and continue to take care of the military team everyday thank you!" -Danny H. Akens
Danny H. Akens, U.S. Army Veteran
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Animal Science. "It would not have been a graduation without the family support (my son and daughter)! I also wanted to thank everyone at the Military and Veterans Programs, you all really have and continue to take care of the military team everyday thank you!" -Danny H. Akens
David Ames, U.S. Air Force Veteran
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a minor in Spanish Counseling. Served in the U.S. Air Force during 1991-1993. "I appreciate the support your office provides to all veterans at NMSU." -David Ames
Perla Arroyo-Jaime, U.S. Navy
Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Crimson Scholar Graduate. "I am a U.S. Navy Utilitiesman with 10 years of service and currently a First Class Petty Officer (E-6). I belong to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18 stationed in Pt. Hueneme, California. Been deployed to multiple areas in Africa and Spain. Thank you for your recognition in this difficult time." -Perla Arroyo-Jaime
Perla Arroyo-Jaime, U.S. Navy
Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Crimson Scholar Graduate. "I am a U.S. Navy Utilitiesman with 10 years of service and currently a First Class Petty Officer (E-6). I belong to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18 stationed in Pt. Hueneme, California. Been deployed to multiple areas in Africa and Spain. Thank you for your recognition in this difficult time." -Perla Arroyo-Jaime
Savita Bell, U.S. Army Veteran
Master of Social Work. "Many dream, some try, but only a few become Social Workers. Congratulations to my fellow super heroes for being relentless. God Bless MSW's of 2020." -Savita Bell
Mary Briseno, U.S. Army Veteran
Bachelor of Criminal Justice. "I started working on my degree when I became a single mom back in 1992. My daughter then was just 4 months old. She just had her 28th birthday last week. I want to thank my husband, Mike, who has been a HUGE support in my educational journey. Without his patience, support, and love, I wouldn't have been able to finish my degree. I want to thank my kids, Kristine, Jordan, and Alex. My grandson "Peanut" for their encouragement and love. There were many sandwiches, leftovers, and fix it yourself meals. As I was busy completing papers and submitting homework. Thank you to all my friends and instructors along the way. Your kind words are needed when feeling overwhelmed and you think you just can't see the light. Lastly, and never forgotten, I want to thank God for guiding me along the way. I've had some challenging obstacles I wasn't sure if I would get to the end, and I did. May God always bless me the patience and love needed so I can give my family what they have given me. May God bless you all who are graduating. Good luck to you all!" -Mary Briseno
Christopher A. Brooks, Retired U.S. Army Veteran
Bachelor of Individualized Studies with a minor in Communication Studies. "My time as an undergrad at NMSU has allowed me to receive a great education, meet exceptional people, and foster life long relationships. As an Army veteran and non-traditional student, attending NMSU was the best decision I could have made." -Christopher A. Brooks
Kevin Cisneros, U.S. Army Veteran
Bachelors of Science in Biology with minors in Human Biology and Chemistry. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): Hughes Scholar. "Thank you for all of your help these last 3 years, I sincerely appreciate all the hard work!" -Kevin Cisneros
Timothy Cummings, U.S. Air Force Veteran
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Served from Dec 5, 2001 - 1 June 2014. "I want to thank everyone who pushed me to accomplish my goals" -Timothy Cummings
Estela Guzman, U.S. Army Veteran
Master of Social Work.
Brisa Lopez, NMSU Army ROTC, Commissioning 2LT
Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology. "I am going Active Duty in the U.S. Army as a Signal Officer. Thank you all so much for letting me be apart of the MVP Office. I enjoyed working here so much and am so happy I got to meet and know everyone. I learned so much from the office, students, and my coworkers, so I am very blessed. Thank you for everything!" -Brisa Lopez
Brandon Lund, U.S. Air Force
Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology. Crimson Scholar Graduate. "Thanks for what you do!" -Brandon Lund
Yancey Miguel Macias, U.S. Army
Bachelor of Criminal Justice. Crimson Scholar Graduate.
Felicia Martinez, Retired U.S. Army Veteran
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Animal Science.
Debbie Ross, U.S. Air Force Veteran
Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business with minors in Management and Marketing. "Aim High" "Never Give up" "Can't is an Excuse for Not Trying" "Thank you in advance for making us veterans feel special." -Debbie Ross
George Solorzano, Retired U.S. Army Veteran
Bachelor of Individualized Studies with a minor in History. Crimson Scholar Graduate with Honors. Served in the U.S. Army during 1993-2013. "I want to thank all my family for all their love, support and encouragement. Thank all the professors and counselors who helped me achieve this milestone." -George Solorzano
Zack Swindlehurst, U.S. Army Veteran
Associate of Applied Science in Creative Media Technology. Crimson Scholar Graduate. Meritorious Graduate. "I was in the United States Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, and I want to let everyone know.. Congratulations to all who graduate and I hope that everyone stays safe and healthy during this time. My thoughts and prayers are out to everyone." -Zack Swindlehurst
Courtland Tyler, U.S. Army Veteran
Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Marketing.
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Special Message from Our Leaders

 

Dr. Greg Fant
NMSU Assc VP & Deputy Provost

Hector Sanchez
Director of MVP

Dr. Mónica Torres
DACC President


Congratulations from NMSU and DACC Military and Veterans Programs

 

Gail Bamford
MVP
Program Coordinator
School Certifying Official

Erika Zaragoza
MVP
Tuition Assistance
School Certifying Official

Debbie Loera
DACC
Program Coordinator
School Certifying Official

 

Brisa Lopez
NMSU Army ROTC
Commissioning 2LT

Terri De La Rosa
MVP
Administrative Assistant, Assoc


It has been an honor and privilege to have served you during your academic journey.
We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!


MILITARY AND VETERAN
STUDENT HONOR CORDS PROGRAM

Please click on the image to obtain a copy of the
Military and Veteran Student Honor Cords Program.

CLASS OF 2020
COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony was held on May 16, 2020.  Please click on the image to obtain a copy of NMSU Class of 2020 Commencement Program.