March 28, 2018


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403





Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will celebrate its 60th anniversary in April. As documented in “Success Starts Here: A History of Eastern New Mexico University Roswell 1958-2002” by Elvis Fleming, Roswell Community College (RCC) was established on April 1, 1958 by the ENMU Board of Regents.

Under the organization agreement between the Board of Education of the Roswell Municipal School District and the ENMU Board of Regents, RCC was to provide freshman and sophomore courses from the ENMU catalog effective with the start of the fall semester in 1958. The Roswell and ENMU boards submitted their joint proposal to the State Board of Education and it was approved on May 14, 1958.

From 1958 through 1962, the college first conducted evening classes at Roswell High School. In January of 1963, with an enrollment of 75 students, eight daytime classes were added to the college offerings and held at the old post office downtown. When Walker Air Force Base closed in 1967, the college acquired military buildings and 235 acres to establish its own campus. Roswell Community College was renamed Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.


ENMU-Roswell invites the community to join in the Diamond Jubilee celebration on campus scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Activities will be held throughout the day. A grand opening for the new iCenter will be held at 1 p.m. The anniversary ceremony and reception will begin at 2 p.m. in the Administration Center lobby. Employees and students will also be contributing items to a time capsule that will be locked until the college’s 100th anniversary in the year 2058. For a complete schedule of events, go to