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1,000 graduates expected at NMSU fall commencement

About 1,000 students are projected to participate in the fall 2015 commencement ceremony at New Mexico State University, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Pan American Center.

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The colorful hoods of the academia regalia symbolize where the wearer received their masterís or doctoral degree. New Mexico State University will have 379 masterís and doctoral candidates among the 1,450 degree candidates at its 2015 fall commencement. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Pan American Center. (NMSU photo)
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New Mexico State University will hold a special hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Pan American Center. During the ceremony, 65 doctoral candidates will be hooded. Honorary degree recipient Dan E. Arvizu will also be hooded prior to speaking to the graduates. (NMSU photo)

Commencement activities will begin Friday, Dec. 11, with a doctoral hooding ceremony at 7 p.m. at Pan American Center. NMSU will recognize Dan E. Arvizu, recently retired director of the U.S. Department of Energyís National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, with an honorary degree during the ceremony. He will speak to the doctoral degree candidates following his hooding.

Of the 1,450 students who are degree candidates on the Las Cruces campus, 15 are associate degrees, 1,056 are bachelorís degrees, 314 are masterís degrees and 65 are doctoral degrees. Additionally, 537 associate degrees will be conferred to students graduating from NMSU Dona Ana Community College, NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants this fall. Summer graduates from main campus who did not participate in the spring commencement ceremony are invited to attend this fall ceremony.

Tickets are not required. The Pan American Center will open one hour prior to the ceremony. Candidates should check in east of the Pan American Center in Lot 32.

Arrowhead Drive between Triviz Drive and Stewart Street will be closed for commencement. Parking will be available for degree candidates and the public in the lots to the north and east of the Pan Am, with handicapped parking to the north and northeast of the building.

Media covering the event should pick up a media pass in the coordinating center tent in Lot 32, east of the Pan American Center.

For more information, visit http://commencement.nmsu.edu.