EL PASO, Texas (KTSM)- The New Mexico State University will host three commencement ceremonies for spring 2023 graduates Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at the Pan American Center.

From left: Benjamin Boldt, Dominic Madrid and Amber Sedillo – who are all part of New Mexico State University’s class of spring 2023 graduates. Courtesy of NMSU.

NMSU will first honor students who completed their graduate degrees at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12. Then, on Saturday, May 13 it will honor students who completed their bachelor’s degrees in two separate ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Saturday morning ceremony will celebrate undergraduates from the College of Health, Education and Social Transformation (HEST), College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and College of Business, while the afternoon ceremony will celebrate undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering. 

Amber Sedillo, which is part of a group of nearly 500 students who will receive its master’s degree, will earn a master’s degree in public administration from the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in 2021, but I decided not to participate in the commencement ceremony at Aggie Memorial Stadium because I knew I was going to continue my education,” Sedillo said.” But this time, I will walk across the stage to get my degree. For me, it’s a big deal because it will probably be my last time. I don’t know if I will pursue another degree, but I know I’m done with school at least for now.” 

Sedillo, who hails from Roswell and a family of Aggies, has accepted a full-time position as the director of development and community engagement at Jardin de los Niños, a Las Cruces nonprofit where she previously completed a summer internship. 

“When I started the MPA program and began learning about nonprofit organizations, it sparked my interest,” said Sedillo, who was recently inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, a national honor society for public affairs and administration students. “The MPA program led to Jardin de los Niños, and once I interned with them, I knew that’s where I wanted to be.” 

Dominic Madrid, a student who will graduate with highest honors from the College of Engineering, will also start a full-time job with ExxonMobil in Houston after he earns a bachelor’s degree in chemical and materials engineering.

Madrid, who grew up in Artesia, came to NMSU in 2019 after completing two years of junior college at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. Madrid said he received the job offer following a five-week fellowship. 

 “The college did a great job with helping me and my peers launch into our careers,” Madrid commented. “I want to say that out of 24 students from our department, 22 of us already have jobs lined up.”  

Madrid said he was in the right path from his first class with Catherine Brewer, an introduction to engineering course.

“Dr. Brewer made it a very enjoyable experience,” Madrid added. “I know most people think this field is too difficult, but I realized early on that this is where I’m supposed to be.”

Benjamin Boldt, a La Cruces native, will also graduate with the highest honors but from the College of HEST and college of Arts and Sciences. Boldt will earn one bachelor’s degree in counseling and community psychology and another in psychology.

By the time Boldt began attending NMSU full-time in 2020, he had already earned several college credits through Doña Ana Community College as a student at Arrowhead Park Early College High School, which helped him complete his degrees over three years. 

“I want to be a therapist,” Boldt said. “Countrywide, there’s a therapist shortage, but it’s even worse in New Mexico. I want to aim my future career goals toward becoming a therapist and helping underserved populations.”  

Boldt said he felt drawn to NMSU because he wanted to stay and work in New Mexico. He plans to continue working and volunteering as he considers applying to a master’s degree or Ph.D. program at NMSU.

“With my free time, I’m looking to help Las Cruces as a whole in any way I can,” Boldt mentioned.

Boldt stated the best advice he learned in high school was to work smarter and not harder, something that later helped him juggle classes with work at NMSU and become the top student in the two colleges he attended.

“College isn’t hard, it’s just different,” Boldt added. “Prioritizing was certainly my friend. I think a lot of it was also being interested in the subject matter. It was almost like a consequence that I was able to get good grades because I was interested in what I was learning.” 

The Pan American Center will open to the public one hour before each ceremony. Tickets are not required. Graduating students should also arrive one hour before the ceremonies start. 

The three ceremonies will also be livestreamed on NMSU’s YouTube channel.

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