Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell graduated 53 students from its Special Services Occupational Training Program during its 24th annual graduation ceremony at the Performing Arts Center, Thursday.
Students and faculty honored Cole Williams, a student who passed away Oct. 22, with a moment of silence. Williams, 19, of Midland, Texas, was enrolled in the Universityâ€™s welding program and passed away following a brief illness.
Williamsâ€™ parents, who attended Thursdayâ€™s ceremony, set up a scholarship in their sonâ€™s name. Disabled students interested in attending ENMU-R are eligible to apply for the $1,000 scholarship.
â€œTheyâ€™ve created a scholarship in Coleâ€™s name that will honor him forever,â€ said Peter Stover, deputy director of special services.
Jeremy Lujan graduated from the welding program and said heâ€™s had an excellent experience at ENMU-R. â€œThe instructors here are great and they help you so much,â€ he said. â€œThey understood my weaknesses and worked with me to make them easier to deal with.â€
Another student, Holly Hughes, graduated with a certification in office skills. â€œIâ€™m going back home to College Station, Texas, for the summer,â€ she said, adding she plans to return in the fall to earn a certification as a veterinarian assistant.
ENMU-Râ€™s Special Services Department offers occupational training for students with disabilities. The program is designed for young adults who, with proper training, are able to obtain positions in competitive areas of employment.
Areas of study include welding, auto mechanics, child care, floral design, food services, nursing and home health, office skills, animal care, refrigeration and air conditioning maintenance and sanitation and building maintenance.