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Commencement Fall 2017: Dates & General Information

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Commencement Fall 2017: Dates & General Information

You are invited to attend the Fall 2017 Commencement ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of our students who have completed their degree requirements and are graduating.

We will also be celebrating the accomplishments for our students who have attained their High School Equivalency credentials (HSE).

The HSE Graduation ceremony will take place in the Center for the Arts, Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Commencement will take place in the Center for Arts, Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Rehearsals for both ceremonies will take place Wednesday, December 6, 2017 beginning with HEP/GED at 3:00 PM and Commencement at 4:30 PM.

We hope that you will join us to celebrate and congratulate our graduates!


  • Time and Location Northern’s Commencement ceremony begins at 6 pm in the Center for the Arts.
  • 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.


  • Faculty will arrive by 5:30 pm 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 CFA auditorium.
  • Recessional Line  When the ceremony is finished, the platform party will exit the stage first, followed by faculty and then the graduating class of Spring 2017. 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 3:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6 at the CFA, for the HSE Graduation and 4:30 pm the same day for Commencement. 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 5 pm. Signs will direct you to the student check-in area. Please do not be late; the ceremony begins at exactly 6 pm.
  • 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 auditorium. 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. The Office of the Registrar does have some caps and gowns that students may borrow for the ceremony. Students will need to purchase their tassel through the NNMC Bookstore.
  • Name Cards You will receive your name card when you check in. Make certain that you keep it with you. If you are receiving academic honors, you will receive your honor cord at the time you check in.
  • 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 remain standing until signaled to sit by the ceremony marshals.
    After all graduates have walked across the stage, the President of the College 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 5 pm. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6 pm.
  • 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 will be fully staffed and monitoring the graduation ceremony.
  • We ask that no backpacks or large purses/containers be brought into the CFA 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 CFA. This screening is being done as a security measure for everyone’s protection.
  • Parking will be available throughout the campus.
  • For more information about the Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Registrar’s office at, 505.747.2115.


NNMC Board of Regents Adopts Strategic Direction

President, News, General

NNMC Board of Regents Adopts Strategic Direction

Strategic Direction 10-27-17- headerThe Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents unanimously approved the adoption of the College’s Strategic Direction document during their meeting on November 3, 2017.

The document is the result of input from over 140 faculty and staff members during two campus-wide strategic planning sessions held in November 2016 and February 2017.

The raw input was then synthesized by the College’s executive team and presented to the campus community for feedback, before being presented to the Board of Regents for adoption.

The Strategic Direction document represents the first step in the development of the College’s strategic plan. The next step will be the development of a staff and faculty-led implementation plan starting in January 2018.

Download the Strategic Direction document here.

ConocoPhillips Supports Engineering Students at Northern

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ConocoPhillips Supports Engineering Students at Northern

The Northern community and engineering students in particular love the Solar Energy Research Park and Academy (SERPA), which has blossomed as a state-of-the-art learning center, thanks in no small part to the generous support of ConocoPhillips.


Update November 2017:

Thanks to ConocoPhillips support in 2016, the computer laboratory in our High Tech building, Rm 123, has been fully upgraded. The lab, pictured left, is used by all engineering students and several key classes.

SERPA is home to Northern’s College of Engineering and Technology, which currently offers Bachelor’s and Associate degrees in Information Engineering Technology, Software Engineering and Electromechanical Engineering Technology.

With more than $70,000 in contributions from ConocoPhillips over the past five years, SERPA has made infrastructure improvements to classrooms and community spaces, building on its reputation as the most functional and aesthetic building on Northern’s campus.


Notably, every SERPA classroom now features SMART Board technology, providing enhanced interactive and collaborative learning environments for students. Besides seamlessly combining interactive whiteboard, computer and projector input, SMART Boards also record lecture material and allow students campus-wide to access that material outside of the classroom.

For engineering students taking a difficult freshman class, Introduction to Math for Engineering Applications, the funds have meant new equipment for hands-on robotics, motion, thermal, and solar experiments.

“First year engineering majors benefit greatly from these applied learning experiences, which result in better learning outcomes and increased first-year retention,” said Dr. Lopez, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology. “I don’t want to say that the class is easier with the new equipment, but difficult mathematical concepts are easier to grasp with hands-on active learning equipment.”

In addition to the hardware and software, ConocoPhillips funds made the lobby and outdoor areas lively centers for student interaction, resulting in more students studying and spending time at SERPA. These improvements include lounge chairs, a sofa, and tables and chairs in the building’s lobby and classrooms, outdoor patio furniture, and stools for computer labs.

ConocoPhillips’ support of Northern’s engineering students through years of generous contributions has noticeably enriched the student experience at Northern.

“We are profoundly grateful for the support ConocoPhillips has provided to Northern students, “said Dr. Lopez, “and for the impact this support has had on a geographic area in northern New Mexico that has been historically underserved.”

Job Posting

Visiting Professor of Integrated Studies

September 28, 2017 - The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Northern New Mexico College invites applications for a nine (9) month, non‐tenure‐track visiting faculty position with a contract starting January 2018 to teach Humanities, Social Sciences, and Pueblo Indian studies courses in our unique B.A. in Integrated Studies program. This will be a one‐year appointment, with a possible one semester extension.

The ideal candidate will teach courses in an integrated program, typically Psychology and Humanities or perhaps Native American Studies, depending upon qualifications.

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) is a public two‐year and four‐year degree granting institution founded in 1909 by the New Mexico Constitution. NNMC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NNMC operates from two campuses in Espanola and El Rito and serves an average of 1,000 students per semester.


  • Teach four (4) courses per semester;
  • Attend departmental and college meetings;
  • Student Advising.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:Master’s degree with 18 graduate credit hours in Humanities, Psychology or American Indian Studies.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: a) Ph.D. in the areas sought, b) expertise in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, particularly in the area of addiction and/or multicultural counseling, c) one (1) year of teaching experience in Higher Education, d)experience in contexts of mental health treatment and experience in an integrated studies program.


  • Successful teaching experience or demonstrated ability (especially with culturally diverse students);
  • Interest in, or experience within integrative or inter‐disciplinary programs;
  • Knowledge of principle and indigenous methods for curriculum and training design;
  • Experience with a variety of teaching resources, media and technologies, including computer‐ aided instruction and/or online instruction technologies;
  • Ability to articulate and support the NNMC philosophy with a strong commitment to teaching and learning in an academic setting.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A complete application must include 1) a letter of interest addressing required and preferred qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) copies of graduate transcripts, 4) three letters of recommendation (two of which focus on the applicant’s teaching ability and potential), and 5) a statement of teaching philosophy.

SALARY: Based on credentials and experience.

While the position will remain open until filled, interested applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application package by Friday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Required application materials should be sent to:

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews and official transcripts should be requested upon acceptance of the interview.

Northern New Mexico College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Job Posting

Assistant Professor of Information Engineering Technology

Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position with a contract starting January 2018. The College of Engineering and Technology offers Bachelor degrees in Electromechanical Engineering Technology and Information Engineering Technology, Associate of Engineering degrees in Information Engineering Technology, Pre-Engineering and Software Engineering along with Certificate programs.


  • Develop, prepare and teach undergraduate courses in Information Engineering Technology (i.e. programming, web systems, applications for mobile devices, databases, cybersecurity, and computer networks);
  • Develop and maintain laboratories and facilities;
  • Participate in scholarly activities and serve on college committees;
  • Mentoring students in research and capstone projects;
  • Seek and apply to public and private fund opportunities;
  • Advise students regarding curriculum and career matters;
  • Assessment and evaluation of student outcomes;
  • Participate in recruitment and retention initiatives;
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups;
  • Ability to develop hands-on lab material in his/her own areas of interest (e.g., programming, web systems, mobile device applications, databases, cybersecurity, and computer networks);
  • Strong presentation and communication skills;
  • Commitment to adopt and implement industrial certification tracks, such as Cisco, VMWare, LPI, etc.;
  • Ability to advise and interact closely with students, engage in research, and participate in recruitment and retention efforts.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  Master Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology or closely related field.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, or related field.

SALARY: Based on credentials and experience.

While the position will remain open until filled, interested applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application package by October 15, 2017.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  A complete application must include 1) a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts conferring required or preferred degree, 4) a statement addressing the candidate’s teaching philosophy, 5) three letters of recommendations (two of which focus on the candidate’s teaching ability and/or potential and 6) names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three (3) professional references.

Required application materials should be sent to:

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews and official transcripts should be requested upon acceptance of the interview.

Northern New Mexico College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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