May 1, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403
ADULT EDUCATION TO HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONY
The Adult Education Department at ENMU-Roswell will hold its Twenty-Eighth Annual GED®/HiSET® Adult Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on campus. Approximately 70 candidates for graduation will be participating. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Campus Union Building. The featured speaker will be Talat Soofi, MD of Kymera Independent Physicians. The student address will be given by JoAnn Betancur.
For adults who did not complete high school, the Tests of General Educational Development (GED® tests) or High School Equivalent Tests (HiSET® tests) provide an opportunity to earn a high school credential. The GED®/HiSET® programs, sponsored by the American Council on Education, enables individuals to demonstrate that they have acquired a level of learning comparable to that of high school graduates. Recognized nationwide by employers and institutions of higher learning, the GED®/HiSET® programs have increased employment, education, and earning opportunities for more than ten million adults since 1942.
Since 1986, ENMU-Roswell’s GED®/HiSET® Testing Center has issued more than 4,000 high school equivalency diplomas. Instruction for the GED®/HiSET® is available, free of charge, through the ENMU-Roswell Adult Education Program, which is funded by the Adult Education Act in a grant from the New Mexico Department of Education, Vocational-Technical and Adult Education.
Talat Soofi was born in 1963 in Tehran/Iran. She finished elementary and high school education at home and obtained her high school diploma in 1981. Due to the political unrest and chaos that was going on at home at the time, she decided to leave her country to obtain a higher education. In 1983, at the age of 20, Dr. Soofi moved to Vienna, Austria. She studied the German and Latin languages and then entered the University of Vienna. She studied Chemical Engineering and later attended medical school. She met her husband in 1985 and 5 years later, they married and moved to the United States. In the U.S., Dr. Soofi finished all the pre-requirements for a residency program and completed a residency in Family and Community Medicine. She moved to Roswell in 1997 and started a medical practice with her husband. In 2008, they expanded to a multispecialty clinic called Kymera Independent Physicians. Dr. Soofi is still active in the day-to-day operation at Kymera. She has now lived in Roswell for almost 21 years. She has one daughter, who is 20.