Roswell Job Corps graduate Marcella Johnson receives a hug from a fellow graduate during the programâ€™s 61st commencement ceremony Friday at the ENMU-R Performing Arts Center. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Members of the Roswell Job Corps, community leaders, as well as family and friends, gave their best wishes and congratulations to the centerâ€™s 61st graduating class Friday.
â€œYou have no [auth] idea how proud I am to be here today,â€ said Lavona Johnson, speaking to the audience during her graduate address. â€œFortunately, I attended Job Corps,â€ she said. â€œAs for those of you who are striving to graduate … this is just a start for a new future â€” take advantage (of it).â€
The ceremony, which graduated 55 students, was held at Eastern New Mexico University- Roswellâ€™s Performing Arts Center. â€œThe main thing is getting the students where the jobs are and then getting them in the jobs,â€ said Shawn Murphy, director of the Roswell Job Corps Center. â€œWeâ€™re doing good.â€
The eventâ€™s keynote speaker encouraged the young adults, who are preparing to move on to the next stage in their lives, to continue to challenge themselves. â€œChallenge yourself,â€ said Bob Donnell, executive director of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. â€œDare to dream. Dare to have hope.
You are, and will, make a difference.â€ Graduate Karen Vasquez was presented with the Chaves County Character Counts! Student of the Year Award during the event.