Class of 2014 Officially Finished!

SOCORRO, N.M. May 15, 2014 – New Mexico Tech hosted the 2014 Commencement ceremony Saturday under perfect weather, with about 255 graduates participating among the 365 who have earned degrees over the past year.

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A Whovian! 

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High Five! 

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Tribute to Mom on Mother's Day weekend.

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What everyone was waiting for -- receiving diplomas!  Angie Bacigalupa accepts hers from Dr. Lopez.



Isabel McCoy won the top undergraduate honor, the Brown Award. The two Cramer Awards – given to the top male and female engineering students – went to Veronica Sager (mechanical engineering) and Nickolas Davis (computer science and engineering).

The top graduate student awards were Dr. Saska Gjorgjievska and Dr. Jesus Gomez. Gjorgjievska, who earned her doctorate in physics, won the Langmuir Award for the best publication. Gomez, who earned his doctorate in Earth and Environmental Science, won the Founder’s Award for his contributions to the university.

The Alumni Association honored Jose Lopez, M.D., and Igor Gonzales with Distinguished Achievement Awards.

The Student Government Association presented awards to Dr. Dave Westpfahl (faculty), Melissa Begay (staff) and Katie Donovan (student).

The Distinguished Researcher Award was presented to Dr. Michael Heagy of the Chemistry Department.

The Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Michael Riley of the Chemical Engineering Department.

(For more on the award winners, see separate articles on the Tech website.)

Dr. Clint Richardson opened the ceremony with a proem inspired by the TV sitcom “Home Improvement.” He encouraged the Class of 2014 to use the tools they acquired at New Mexico Tech to make the world a better place.

University president Dr. Daniel H. Lopez congratulated the graduates and offered these tidbits of information about the Class of 2014:

The average GPA is 3.218.

67 percent of undergraduates GPAs of 3.0 or greater.

Only 5 percent of undergraduates have GPAs lower than 2.5.

Almost one-third of graduates (32 percent) received at least one F at NMT.

Two graduates finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

The youngest bachelor’s recipient is 20 years old.

The male-to-female ratio of this year’s Graduating Class is 2.1 to 1.

As of May 2014, New Mexico Tech has 7,787 Bachelor’s degrees in the history of the Institute, as well as 2,941 master’s degrees and 417 Ph.D.s 

The most well-represented department was Mechanical Engineering, with 45 bachelor’s degrees being awarded over the year. Mechanical Engineering is also the most well-represented department in Master’s degrees as well, with 15 master’s degrees.

One student completed his bachelor’s degree in three years. And 146 – or almost 65 percent –completed their bachelor’s degree in 6 years or less.

One student received two separate degrees today: A bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Biology. Six students received two Bachelor’s degrees.

More than 75 percent of the undergraduates hail from New Mexico, including students from Albert to Tyrone, from Aztec to Hobbs – and many points in between. 

From out-of-state, the Class of 2014 includes students from Sitka, Alaska, to Durham, North Carolina; from Concord, New Hampshire to Snohomish, Washington, and other points on the map in between, such as Phoenix; Gardner, Kansas; Providence, Rhode Island; Colorado Springs; and Las Vegas (both the Nevada one as well as the New Mexico one).

This year, our international graduate students earning degrees hail from Canada, China, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Kuwait, Macedonia, Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and Turkmenistan.

Graduates and their families were treated to a buffet and reception immediately following the ceremony.

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