May 2, 2019


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403



The Adult Education Department at ENMU-Roswell will hold its Twenty-Ninth Annual GED®/HiSET® Adult Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 9 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 Candy Spence Ezzell, member, New Mexico House of Representatives for District 58. The student address will be given by Tyler McQuary.

For adults who did not complete high school, the tests of General Educational Development (GED® tests) or High School Equivalent Exams (HiSET®) 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. Each participating state, province, and territory administers the GED®/HiSET® tests and issues a credential based on its own minimum score requirement. The GED®/HiSET® testing programs thus enable almost 500,000 adults every year to obtain high school equivalency certificates – about 15 percent of all high school diplomas issued in the United States.

Candy Spence Ezzell was elected to office in 2004. Her professional experience includes being the owner and operator of 2 C Slash Ranch, in addition to having served on the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee, the House of Consumer & Public Affairs Committee, and as the House Republican Caucus Leader.

Ezzell grew up north of Artesia near Cottonwood, graduated from Artesia High School in 1971, and is a diehard Bulldog fan. Shortly after high school, she attended New Mexico State University majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and ENMU-Roswell majoring in Accounting. Ezzell has been involved in agriculture her entire life and understands the importance of parental involvement in children’s lives.

During her childhood years, she recalls attending school in Cottonwood, NM with children of parents who were non-native speakers, and brought into the United States as part of the Bracero Migrant Worker Program. Through her upbringing she bore witness to the importance many of these Hispanic parents placed on their children’s education and their great level of involvement. This is why she continues to be a strong activist through her involvement with coaching Little League, gymnastics, rodeo, and in her role as a leader and guide for 4-H in her spare time.