May 2, 2016                                                               


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ENMU-Roswell will hold two commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13 at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. Close to 250 candidates for graduation will participate in the 65th Commencement Convocation. The first ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. for those graduation candidates receiving Certificates of Employability, Certificates of Occupational Training, and Certificates of Completion. New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe graduation candidates will also participate in this ceremony.

The second ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. for those graduation candidates receiving

Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts degrees. Students receiving both a certificate and an associate degree will participate in the 7:30 p.m. ceremony.Bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates from ENMU will also participate in the 7:30 p.m. ceremony.

The commencement speaker will be Helen Mata, a candidate for graduation who will be receiving an Associate of Arts degree in Human Services and a Certificate of Employability in Human Services-Helping Relationship Skills. Mata found her path and her passion at ENMU-Roswell. She graduated from Roswell High School in 2014 and was considering various colleges, including UNM in her hometown of Albuquerque, when she was contacted about the Presidential Scholarship. It was an offer she couldn’t refuse and she said the past two years at ENMU-Roswell have gone by in a flash. 

As an incoming freshman, Mata wasn’t sure what to expect from college and she was worried she would feel lost. But she soon realized that ENMU-Roswell was a great place to begin her college career. “I liked the ease of transition from high school to college. The size of the classrooms helped and the instructors are good at letting us know they are there for us and they have had a positive effect on me. I’ve enjoyed the environment and atmosphere here. It’s been a great stepping stone.” Mata said her advisor, James Mares, also helped her find a career field she enjoyed. “I chose Human Services because I like helping and working with people and making an impact on their lives.”  In addition to attending classes, Mata has also gained some practical experience working on campus as a Peer Advisor and a Chase Scholar mentor, meeting with other students once a week to keep them on track and work through any issues. 

Mata is looking at several universities as she plans to continue her education towards a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, with possibly an additional major in Communications. With the foundation she received from ENMU-Roswell, she is confident now in what her future holds and is ready to tackle what lies ahead.