Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque awards Northern New Mexico College IME-Becas Scholarship grant for Mexican and Mexican-American students

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Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque awards Northern New Mexico College IME-Becas Scholarship grant for Mexican and Mexican-American students


Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque awards Northern New Mexico College $15,000 IME-Becas Scholarship grant for Mexican and Mexican-American students

Española, NM — For the third year in a row, the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque has awarded Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) scholarships for Mexican and Mexican-American students through the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Consul of Mexico in Albuquerque, Lic. Efren N. Leyva Acevedo, visited the College to present a check for $15,000 to President Bailey, Interim Provost Ivan Lopez and Northern students and faculty. The ceremony represents the ongoing collaboration between NNMC and Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support Mexican immigrants in the United States.

The Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs established the IME-Becas Scholarship Program in 2005 with the goal of improving access to education for Mexicans and those of Mexican origin in the US.

IME-Becas falls under the Mexico-United States Cooperation Initiative on Education that has established programs in the U.S. to facilitate access and raise the level of education for Mexican immigrants and increase their potential to adapt locally.

In the last 3 years NNMC has received almost $50,000 from the Consulate.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mario Izaguirre-Sierra, assistant professor of Biology, 505.747.5474,

Announcement: ACEN Site Visit on 3/7/17 for Northern's Associate Degree Nursing Program

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Announcement: ACEN Site Visit on 3/7/17 for Northern's Associate Degree Nursing Program



Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), located in Española, New Mexico, wishes to announce that it will host a site review for initial accreditation of its associate degree nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 3pm on Tuesday March 7th, 2017 at the NNMC Seledon Martinez building room VE 201.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or e-mail:

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by March 2, 2017.

Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes Updates

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Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes Updates

The following classes have either cancelled, closed or have had a change in day or time.
If a class on your Spring 2017 schedule has been affected by one or more of these actions:

  • Please see your department academic adviser and the Financial Aid office (if you are receiving financial aid) as soon as possible. Beginning freshman must go to the Advisement Center (AD).
  • For a closed class, please see the instructor of record to request an override to be able to register for the class. The dean or the chairperson are the only individuals authorized to do course overrides.
  • To register for an alternate course, please go to myNNMC

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Celebrating Dean's List Recipients for Fall 2016

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Celebrating Dean's List Recipients for Fall 2016

Northern New Mexico College congratulates students who made the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.
These students completed a minimum of 12 graded credit hours and received a 3.5 GPA or better to earn this distinction. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments! #NNMC #NorthernProud #WeAreNNMC! #NorthernScholars!

Georgiana Aguino

Vikram Ahluwalia

Lorraine Alire

Angelina Archuleta

Krishia Mae Artieda

Aynjil Baca

Samantha Baca

Jennifer Bailon

Maggi Viviana Balzaretti

Lesly Bencomo

Samantha Bennett

Jolene Benson

Jack Boutchard

James Brewer

Elizabeth Browne

Nicholas Burgard

Alicia Cardenas

Mellisa Carpenter

Erik Casados

Twila Casias

Kimberly Chacon

Chelsea Chavez

Irene Chavez

Angelo Cigarroa

Demetria Clichee

Angela Cordova

Sergio Cordova

Steve Cordova

Reina Coriz

Raquel De La Riva

Dolores Deaguero

Joy Dili

Allegra Dominguez

Marisol Dominguez

Kelsy Dotson

Phil Duran

Annunciata Ekezie

Joseph Lee Estrada

Angelica Fernandez

Arianna Fierro

Jessica Fraley

Lucy Freeman

Deidre Freer

Joseph Fresquez

Hannah Gallegos

Diana Garcia

Felicia Gonzales

Arrick Gonzales

Aundria Gonzales

Charlyna Gonzales

Crystella Gonzales

Nicole Gonzalez

Estrella Gonzalez

Evelynne Gonzalez

Desiree Griego

Ross Griego

JanaMarie Guich

Estrella Gutierrez

Chase Harrison

Andy Herrera

Gina Herrera

Matthew Herrera

Phillip Jeantete

Gerard Jones

Gurushabd Khalsa

Robert Krueger

Christopher Law

Rico Lebron

Delino Lewis

Jason Lewis

Alfredo Lima

Aaron Lopez

Julian Lopez

Kenneth Lopez

Roxanne Lopez

Santana Lopez

Tammie Lopez

Tairaius Lucas

DeShawyn Lujan

Jennifer Lujan

Ariana MacAuley

Shae Madrid

Amberly Maes

Jewell Maestas

Kristen Maestas

Michaela Maestas

Randy Maestas

Rojelio Maestas

Donna Marie

Alyson Martinez

Gabrielle Martinez

Joshua Martinez

Leah Martinez

Michelle Martinez

Timothy Martinez

Randall Mattia

Jessica McNett

Veronica Mendez

Santiago Montano

Chantelle Montoya

Desiree Montoya

Jeff Montoya

Joshua Morrison

Mariah Moya

Jaap Mutsaers

Miquella Naranjo

Caraveo Cristian Nevarez

Melby Nolasco

Ifeatu Oboli

Kristian Ocana

Sharlene Ocana

Maria Orozco

Kamisha Ortega

Erica Ortiz

Daniel Padilla

Jessica Padilla

Lakresha Padilla

Irene Panas

Kyana Perraglio

Shayna Porter

Patrick Quintana

Wanonce Rakestraw

Yancey Ranspot

Adam Rendon

Chelsey Rodriguez

Ruben Rodriguez

Melany Rodriguez Bernal

Adriana Rojo Gomez

Esmeralda Rojo Gomez

Alexis Romero

Andres Romero

Brandon Romero

Francisco Romero

Kimberly Romero

Lynnda Romero

Meagan Romero

Tamara Romero

Rumaldo Roybal

Zoe Ruff

Monique Russell

Lucian Sahd

Alexandria Salas

Johnny Salazar

Guadalupe Salinas

Anja Sanchez

Kika Sanchez

Adam Sandoval

Adrian Sandoval

Chastity Sandoval

Jovina Sandoval

Lori Sandoval

Moises Sandoval

Marinha Santos

Dayna Scott

Jessica Segovia

Patsy Sena

Antonio Serrano

Terry Sexton

Michael Soto

Teresa Sparks

Adrianna Suazo

Martha Tenorio

Jose Terrazas

Nathan Torrez

Vanessa Torrez

Cesar Trevizo

Andrew Trujillo

Caitlynn Trujillo

Danny Trujillo

Gina Trujillo

Joshua Trujillo

Monica Trujillo

Ruben Trujillo

Ambrosia Tuero

Dejan Urosevic

Alexandra Valdez

Isaiah Valdez

KaseyAnne Valdez

Manny Vargas

Miranda Varoz

Amanda Vigil

James Vigil

Julianna Vigil

Alondra Villalba

Khasiano Webb

Ronald Weese

Nathan Zamarron

Northern New Mexico College Accepted as New Chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society

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Northern New Mexico College Accepted as New Chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society

Breaking News:
Northern New Mexico College has been accepted as one of the newest chapters for the nation's largest collegiate honor society: Golden Key.

Golden Key reports: "We are more than good students; we are scholars. We believe in the power of knowledge to transform lives and change situations for the better. We enjoy academic challenges and strive for excellence in our fields."

Since it was established, Golden Key has recognized more than 12 million undergraduate and graduate students for their intellectual achievements. In addition, it has awarded $10 million in scholarships and awards to members in all fields of study.

Northern has sent out invitations to our top students for induction into the society this inaugural year. Please take time to read and accept your invitation to be a part of the inaugural induction group.

Northern's College of Education Receives National Accreditation

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Northern's College of Education Receives National Accreditation

dsc_4710_nnmc-coeThe College of Education at Northern New Mexico College Receives National Accreditation

Española, NM – The College of Education at Northern New Mexico College recently received notice of accreditation at the initial teacher preparation level from Fall 2016 to Spring 2023 based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

This accreditation decision indicates that Northern’s College of Education and its degree programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.

The accreditation process involves a robust assessment system dedicated to collecting performance data on candidate knowledge, skills and dispositions. The information thus derived is used to advise candidates as they make progress in their program as well as informing unit operations. A successful accreditation can be regarded as assurance that the teacher preparation programs conform to the highest standards at both the state and national level.

The programs at Northern are characterized by extensive field placement experiences throughout the program. Candidates are placed, observed, and evaluated in collaboration with highly qualified mentors at the school sites. These experiences provide pre-service teachers with ample hands-on opportunities as they engage in teaching and gain experience in addressing the needs of diverse student populations. We are particularly proud of the fact that many of our candidates receive multiple job offers (even prior to graduation) and that our school partners typically consider them a major assets to bring into their midst.

Northern New Mexico College is uniquely situated in a culturally and geographically diverse region. Its College of Education prepares teachers of high quality to work in multicultural and multilingual settings. We provide theoretical foundations and practical applications that encourage our students to think creatively and critically. Students can earn associate and bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, and post-graduate students can earn alternative licensure (ALP).

Students earning bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education can choose a concentration in Humanities, TESOL, or Bilingual Education. This program also offers a track on Pueblo Indian Studies particularly relevant to pre-service teachers. Students pursing the ALP can choose a concentration in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

A low faculty to candidate ratio (1-10), ensures that candidates enjoy individualized attention and mentoring. Faculty serve as program advisors, ensuring that effective guidance is available and that student progress is carefully monitored to ensure a successful outcome. The faculty are all qualified in their areas of expertise and process extensive experience in school settings as well as distinguished service as consultants.

Providers accredited based on NCATE standards, as well as those accredited based on the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 840 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

Northern New Mexico College is a Hispanic- and Native American-serving comprehensive institution. Our mission is to ensure student success by providing access to affordable, community-based learning opportunities that meet the educational, cultural, and economic needs of the region.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.



Mr. Joaquin Gallegos to serve as BCES Chair

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Mr. Joaquin Gallegos to serve as BCES Chair

img_5689joaquingallegos-cropNorthern is proud to announce that Mr. Joaquin Gallegos, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, has accepted the position of Chair of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science, effective December 1, 2016.

Gallegos received his masters degree from New Mexico State University in Range Science. He has worked in the private cattle industry across the state, for New Mexico State University in Extension Education, and currently the owner of an environmental consulting company working with federal land management agencies.

Mr. Gallegos' research interests include Ponderosa pine forest restoration from mixed conifer encroachment and its impacts on watershed health. Similarly, he is interested in riparian areas and bosques and how to effectively control woody invasive species and their propagation.

Please join us in extending our congratulations and thanks to Mr. Gallegos as he continues to work hard for our students and the community we serve.

Ulises Ricoy, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences
Chair Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science
Associate Professor of Biology
Northern New Mexico College

Job Posting

Full-time Nursing Faculty/Program Director-Associate Degree Nursing Program (Tenure-track)

The primary responsibility of the Director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is to direct formal classroom and laboratory instruction, oversee clinical learning experiences, and be responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, administration, and organization of the associate degree nursing program.


  1. At least 80% of the director’s assignment will be administrative.  Additional administrative time will be given when preparing for accreditation, curriculum revision, and other such activities.
  2. Oversee the development and implementation of the program’s vision, mission, purpose, graduate student learning outcomes, and curriculum.
  3. Oversee the development and implementation of a Systematic Plan for Program Evaluation based on ACEN standards and criteria.
  4. Coordinate ACEN accreditation activities including preparation of self-study documents and site visit requirements.
  5. Serve as a role model to both faculty and students in professional and personal interactions.
  6. Prepare the classroom and clinical schedule each semester and assign appropriate faculty.
  7. Assume leadership in the selection of textbooks and the coordination of book adoptions for individual classes.
  8. Prepare the program budget on an annual basis with input from the faculty.  Present the budget to the Dean of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences with justifications for increases in budget.
  9. Maintain records and controls to assure that the nursing program operates within established budget limits.
  10. Coordinate all purchase orders within the nursing program.
  11. Prepare the annual report to the New Mexico Board of Nursing within established guidelines.
  12. Ascertain the maintenance of nursing student records.
  13. Certify the attendance of faculty and staff within the ADN program, approving faculty/staff requests to be absent and arrange for substitutes in case of faculty absence from the classroom.
  14. The director will supervise and evaluate all full and part-time faculty teaching in the ADN program to include simulation laboratory faculty and staff.
  15. Conduct annual faculty and staff evaluations within the ADN program.
  16. Take an active role in the recruitment, retention, and placement of students within the nursing program in coordination with student services.
  17. Conduct comprehensive student advisement.
  18. Counsel students concerning academic achievement, absences, and tardiness which threatens satisfactory student progress.
  19. Maintain an inventory of supplies and equipment within the nursing program.
  20. Prepare materials for the college catalog and other publications ensuring an accurate representation of the nursing program.
  21. Serve as a liaison between the nursing program and institution personnel and the public.
  22. Participate in the screening and interviewing process for program faculty and staff making recommendations for employment within procedural guidelines.
  23. Inform the Dean of program needs, concerns, changes, or irregularities which warrant attention.
  24. Instruct assigned classes in accordance with the stated philosophy and objectives of the ADN program.
  25. Participate in nursing scholarship and professional development activities as defined by the program’s definition of scholarship.
  26. Participate in college, public, and community service.
  27. Attend and support activities of the College such as scheduled and special faculty and departmental meetings, assigned committee meetings, and academic functions such as work ships, seminars, orientations, planning sessions, and convocations which require faculty participation.
  28. Conduct bi-annual Nursing Community Advisory Board meetings and solicit input from program stakeholders regarding suggestions for program improvement.
  29. Participate in commencement day activities, including the Nursing Pinning Ceremony.
  30. Be familiar with college policies and procedures and abide by them.
  31. Assume any special duties assigned by the Dean, Provost, or President.


Master’s Degree in Nursing required.

A minimum of three years full-time teaching experience in a nursing program.

Experience in nursing practice, curriculum and nursing administration.

Current, unencumbered RN license in the state of New Mexico or compact state.

Current healthcare provider CPR.


A minimum of thirty-five hours per week. Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen. Current, unencumbered RN license in the state of New Mexico or compact state.


  • Demonstrated leadership experience in the nursing profession.
  • Excellent demonstrated written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Personable and courteous in working relationships with colleagues, students, and the public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty, college administration, and hospital personnel and administrators.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of individuals (students, staff, faculty, public) and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Ability to effectively provide a classroom atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Ability to address multiple learning styles in classroom teaching. Experience with a variety of teaching resources.
  • Ability to maintain clinical competence in area of teaching.
  • Good computer software skills – Microsoft Office, email and electronic calendar.
  • Ability to introduce computer technology into the classroom and laboratory and willing to explore new course delivery methods.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to attend to details and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to work and make decisions with minimal supervision.
  • Disciplined and able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to role model professional nursing behaviors.


  • Work is normally performed in a classroom, clinical setting, and in an office setting.
  • A minimum of thirty-five hours per week as necessary to complete job duties.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.

Instructions to apply:

For consideration, please submit a letter of application, current vitae, official academic transcripts, and the names and addresses of at least three references.

Email this packet to: Or Mail: Northern New Mexico College, Attn: Donna Castro, 921 Paseo de Oñate Española, NM 87532.

EEO/AA Employer

Northern New Mexico College serves a diverse multicultural population and is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status or disability, or any other protected class in its programs, activities or employment.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It not designated to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.




Northern Foundation Gala Sold-out for Second Straight Year

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Northern Foundation Gala Sold-out for Second Straight Year

ice-mountain-dancers-at-northern-foundation-galaEspañola, NM – The Northern Foundation’s 21st Annual Gala on Saturday, November 5 was one of its most successful ever, hailing Northern New Mexico College students, thanking donors and raising much needed money for the Foundation. The funds will directly impact the Northern Foundation’s future growth and will build its Community Fund for students, their families, NNMC and the greater Española Valley.

The Gala was a completely sold-out event. Northern Foundation Executive Director Terry Mulert said 540 supporters attended the gala (40 beyond the original goal of 500) including various elected officials, nonprofit directors and leaders in local and statewide business such as Jeff Szabat, Century Bank Senior Vice President and Gala sponsor.

“I am so impressed by the tremendous support for Northern New Mexico College. This support shows the College is destined for greatness,” he predicted. The Gala was held at the Ohkay Owingeh Convention Center, and for a second straight year, the project broke all fundraising records.

The keynote address was delivered by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, and guests included Mexican Consul of Albuquerque Efren Leyva, NM State Senator Richard Martinez, NM State Representative Carl Trujillo, Rio Arriba County Commissioners Alex Naranjo, Barney Trujillo and Danny J. Garcia along with Española Mayor Alice Lucero. Northern Foundation scholarship recipients attended with scholarship fund donors. Members of the Foundation Board and the NNMC Regents also joined the festivities.

Painter and community organizer Roger Montoya, who donated a painting to the Live Auction, remarked, “This year’s Northern Foundation Gala was an inspiration! The room was filled to capacity with a unified feeling of hope and vision for the future of this institution and the dreams of our young people."

Guests had a chance to hear new NNMC president Dr. Rick Bailey give opening remarks. "Seeing the community come together to support our students was simply awe-inspiring. These efforts will change the lives of our students and their families and our community as well. Thank you Terry Mulert and the Foundation for the amazing event, and to our partners for planting the seeds which will lead to a brighter future,” he reflected.

Mulert explained that the annual gathering always puts the students in the spotlight, but the Gala is an opportunity to thank donors, invite community members to start scholarship funds and raise money for the Community Fund.

“I am amazed by the outpouring of support from all of our donors and sponsors. TSAY Corporation along with Rio Arriba County and Centerra of Los Alamos stepped up as the main sponsors but there were others that made a huge impact as well.” (See for a complete list of sponsors).

The featured artist of the night was Frederico Vigil whose frescos dominant the rotunda at the NNMC campus. “I am honored to be part of this event and to support these students who are so deserving,” he said after a film of his work, produced by David Lindblom, was shown.

Guests were treated to musical performances by the renowned Cipriano Vigil along with a powerful dance offered by the Ohkay Owingeh Ice Mountain Dance group led by Tribal 1st Lieutenant Governor Ben Lujan. The Gala Tribute Book highlighted the success of the Foundation and innovative programs at the college.

“What a great community gathering.  The Northern Foundation Gala has become the place where we all gather to support higher education and the opportunities it creates for all Northern New Mexicans,” LANL Director of Community Partnerships Kathy Keith observed.

Other sponsors of the event included Century Bank, R and M Construction, Los Alamos National Security, Zia Credit Union, the LANL Foundation, Ambercare, Yearout Industrial, Wildflower International, Duel Brewery, Compa Indistries, Slazer Technologies, Jemez Mountains Electric Coop, Christus St. Vincent, the Valley Daily Post, Green Fire Times, Hutton Broadcasting and Cook’s Home Center.

For more information and photos visit and the Gala Flickr page.

Commencement Fall 2016: General Information

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Commencement Fall 2016: General Information

For Northern Faculty, Staff, Students, Regents, and Guests
Northern’s 2016 Fall Commencement
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 11 am


•    Time and Location  Northern’s Commencement ceremony begins at 11 am in the CFA Theater.

•    Caps and Gowns  Cap and Gowns are ordered through Invitations may also be ordered through this same website.

•    Photographs  LifeTouch Photography will take your picture when you cross and exit the platform. Soon after commencement, the company will post proofs of your pictures on their  website. If you have questions, please go to or contact the Registrar’s Office at (505) 747-2115 or

•    Children  Children are welcome to attend this wonderful celebration. However, keep in mind the ceremony may last a couple of hours and children may become restless.

•    Disability Accommodations  We want to make sure that everyone who wishes to participate is able to do so. If you or a member of your family is in need of auxiliary aids or services in order to participate in Commencement, please contact Verna Trujillo in the Accessibility Resource Center at (505) 747-2152, or at 921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM  87532.
 Some special supports such as ASL interpreters take time to arrange, so please make sure to notify the Accessibility Resource Center as soon as possible if you or a member of your family will need special support.


•    Board of Regents will arrive by 10:00 am at the Eagle Gymnasium where commencement staff will distribute your cap, gown, tassel, and hood

•    Faculty will arrive by 10:00 am with appropriate regalia. Please order through ahead of time.

•    Processional Line Order  Faculty will line up by College and Department. Faculty marshals will lead the processional line from the staging area in the CFA to the seating area.

•    Commencement Opening  The Provost will announce the opening of the ceremony. Remain standing until the conclusion of the national anthem. (Men remove their caps during the anthem.)

•    Commencement Programs  Commencement programs will be distributed to graduates and guests as they are seated in the theater.

•    Recessional Line  When the ceremony is finished, the platform party will exit the stage first, followed by faculty and administrators. Commencement marshals will guide you.


•    Important: Leave your valuables (purses, backpacks, etc.) with your family or friends. There is no place to store them securely.

•    Commencement Rehearsal  Commencement rehearsal will begin promptly at 5:30 pm on Thursday, December 15 in the CFA Theater, lasting about one and a half hours. It is important that all graduates attend so that you know what is expected at Commencement.

•    Arrival Time and Location  Graduating students will begin checking-in at 10:00 am. Report to the CFA where signs will direct you to the student check-in area. Please do not be late; the ceremony begins at exactly 11 am.

•    Processional and Seating  Department assistants will line graduates up by College, department, and degree, from certificate to bachelor’s degree. Commencement marshals will escort graduating students into the CFA Theater. Everyone will remain standing through the National Anthem. Male graduates remove their caps at the beginning of the anthem and replace them after the anthem.

•    Caps and Gowns  Wear or bring your regalia to the commencement. Remember, the caps, gowns, and tassels are yours to keep after the Commencement Exercises. Wear your cap straight so that it covers your forehead and place your tassel on the left, front corner of your cap.

•    Name Cards  You will receive your name card when you check in. Make certain that you keep it with you.

•    Presentation of Candidates  The Provost will ask the candidates to rise according to their College. Marshals will direct students to the platform row by row. You will give your name card to the Provost when you approach the stage. The Provost will announce your name, degree, and honors as you walk across the stage.

•    When you receive your diploma cover, pause to allow the professional photographer to take your picture, exit the stage, then quickly return to your seat and sit down.
After all graduates are seated, the reader will ask you to move your tassel from the left side of your cap to the right side.

•    Recessional  Graduates will stand when the recessional music begins. The platform party will lead the recessional, followed by the faculty, and then the graduates. Commencement Marshals will direct your exit, starting with the first row of students.

•    Receiving Line  Northern does not include a receiving line in the scheduled ceremony.


•    Parking  Parking lots are located throughout the campus and will accommodate guest parking.

•    Arrival Time  Guests may begin arriving at 10:00 am. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 am.

•    Seating  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; no tickets are required. Please follow commencement marshals’ directions to guest seating areas. Once you have been seated, please remain in your seats, so that the ceremony can proceed without interruptions.

•    Recessional  Please remain standing and allow the faculty and students to exit the stage area first. Commencement marshals will direct your exit. Go directly to the reception area. Students will join their guests after they greet their instructors.

•    Photographs  Professional photographers will take pictures of students as they cross and exit the platform. Guests will have many chances to take photographs before and after the ceremony. For the safety of the graduates and to allow all guests to see the ceremony, please follow the commencement marshals direction for taking photographs. We ask that no one block aisles or stay for an extended time near the front of the stage.

•    Electronic Devices  Please silence your phones, pagers, pads, and other electronic devices.


•    We ask that no backpacks or large purses/containers be brought into the theater on Commencement day.

•    All camera bags, and other necessary bags may be subject to search at the door prior to them being allowed into the gymnasium. This screening is being done as a security measure for everyone’s protection.

•    Parking will be available thoughout the campus.

•    For more information about the Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Registrar’s Office at, (505) 747-2115. The Registrar’s Office is located in the Administration Bldg., Room 242, on the Española campus.

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The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.