May 1, 2018


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More than 200 candidates for graduation are expected to participate in Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s Sixty-Ninth Commencement Convocation. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Roswell Wool Bowl. Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates from ENMU will also participate in the ceremony.


The commencement speaker will be candidate for graduation, Mariah Dutchover. With her graduation from ENMU-Roswell, Dutchover is carrying on a family tradition. Her mother, Irma, graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program in 2011 and her sister, Miranda, received an associate degree in Emergency Medical Services in 2015. Miranda is now receiving a bachelor’s degree from ENMU and she was also the commencement speaker in December of 2015. The 19-year old Presidential Scholar is the third in her family to graduate from ENMU-Roswell and follows in her sister’s footsteps as the commencement speaker. “It’s an honor to be chosen,” Dutchover said. “There are a lot of good candidates out there, so I’m thankful.”


Dutchover enrolled at ENMU-Roswell in the fall of 2016 after graduating from Dexter High School. She looked at other colleges but chose ENMU-Roswell, enjoying the benefits of a smaller school in her hometown. Receiving the Presidential Scholarship also meant she didn’t have to worry about financing her college education. “The classes are great because they are small and instructors can work with you one on one and they can go more in depth to make sure you understand the subject,” she said. “I’ve also made friends and we help each other out if we have questions. I’ve felt very supported here.” Although she has taken classes on campus and online, Dutchover said she prefers the face to face classes because she is more of a visual learner. She also enjoyed her work study positions on campus in the computer center and in the Respiratory Therapy program.


Dutchover is receiving an Associate of Arts in Business Administration. She chose that field to have a better insight and understanding of how businesses work because her ultimate goal is to own a business. She plans to continue her education towards a bachelor’s degree, possibly at ENMU, and is ready to take the next step. “I am very satisfied and I want to thank my family for their support.”