Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg offered admittance to NMSU

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David Hogg, who has become one of the leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has reportedly been accepted to New Mexico State University. 

Hogg, who holds a 4.2 GPA from Stoneman Douglas was famously not accepted into UCLA. The school’s rejection became a flashpoint after Fox News host Laura Ingraham appeared to mock the high school senior for not getting admitted.

Ingraham was later forced to backtrack as several advertisers pulled funding from her show, citing concerns over the bullying of the school shooting survivor. 

Early Tuesday TMZ reported that Hogg was offered admittance into NMSU by the Dean of the William Conroy Honors College, Dr. Miriam S. Chaiken. 

Hogg, along with fellow survivors of the school shooting in Parkland that took the lives of 17 classmates and teachers, has led a national effort to explore what they call ‘sensible gun control laws.’ 

A spokesperson with NMSU confirms that Dr. Chaiken sent an e-mail Saturday morning to three teachers at Stoneman Douglas. The e-mail goes on to state that “David, Emma, and any other of your student leaders are welcome at the William Conroy Honors College and New Mexico State University.”

The full e-mail can be read below:

Hello Mr. Thompson, Mr. Turmaine and Mr. Sullivan,


I am the Dean of the Honors College at New Mexico State University, and I wanted to tell you first what magnificent students you have, and how like many I am inspired by their determination and commitment to making the world a better and safer place. These young people will be our leaders within my lifetime and I am exceedingly encouraged to see their activism and their vision for a better country. The faculty and staff at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas have obviously done a wonderful job of educating these articulate, thoughtful, and kind young people. Thank you for your work, I know educators are the unsung heroes of our nation.


I was inclined to write a few days ago after I saw the students’ performance at the march in Washington, DC, but the recent attack on David Hogg by Laura Ingraham prompted me to finally sit down and write to you. Please tell David, Emma, and any other of your student leaders, that they are welcome at the William Conroy Honors College and at New Mexico State University. If they would like to learn more I would be delighted to talk with them on the phone, I can assure them that they will be admitted to our university, and I will personally make it my commitment to raise as much funding as I can to support them with scholarships. Through the Honors College we can offer the small college, liberal arts experience, while the university as a whole offers the advantages of a big university, such as nearly 100 academic majors to choose from. Our Chancellor Garrey Carruthers has always described us as a “caring community” and that moniker is very true, as faculty and staff are committed to making each of our students succeed and thrive. This is a warm, nurturing, supportive campus and community, and we would be honored to open our doors to any of your students.


Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing, and for transforming the lives of all of your students.


Best wishes,



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