May 2, 2016


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403


The Adult Education Department at ENMU-Roswell will hold its Twenty-Sixth Annual GED®/HiSET® Adult Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on campus. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Campus Union Building. About 40 candidates for graduation will participate. The featured speaker will be New Mexico Lieutenant Governor, John A. Sanchez.

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 University’s 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.

Sanchez has served as Lieutenant Governor since January 2011. He was reelected on November 4, 2014. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, and can trace his public service roots to his great, great grandfather, who was a territorial legislator from San Miguel County in 1860.

Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor, Sanchez was elected to the office of Councilman for the Village of Los Ranchos and also served in the New Mexico House of Representatives. In 2005, he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Most Influential Hispanics in the Country.

Together with his wife, Debra, Sanchez built one of New Mexico’s most respected and successful small businesses in Albuquerque. The firm has operated continuously for over 30 years and was twice honored as Small Business of the Year.

As Lieutenant Governor, Sanchez presides over the New Mexico State Senate, serves as the State’s Ombudsman, and sits on several boards and commissions. He is also an active member of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) and currently serves as the association’s West Regional Chairman.

Lieutenant Governor Sanchez is a strong advocate for job creation, economic development, and private sector growth in New Mexico, and recently accepted an appointment to the Innovate ABQ Board of Directors. He and his wife are the proud parents of two grown daughters.