Martinez speaks at NMMI’s 118th

May 13, 2012 • Local News

Gov. Susana Martinez congratulates a NMMI honor grad during commencement ceremonies, Saturday morning. Mark Wilson Photo

New Mexico Military Institute held its 118th commencement program Saturday at Pearson Auditorium, issuing diplomas to about 200 high school and junior college graduates. Gov. Susana Martinez was guest speaker at the ceremony, and talked about the unique history and traditions of the school.

Addressing the graduates, Martinez praised the Institute’s system of instruction, where the responsibility of teaching and training new cadets rests solely on the old cadets. She said she believes this structure makes NMMI a school for other institutions to follow.

“Within this structured environment of discipline, new cadets have matured and embodied the motto of duty, honor and achievement,” she said.

“NMMI is a very unique institution; it is the only state-supported, co-educational college preparatory military high school in the nation; and the only junior college of its kind in the western United States.

“It has disciplined and enriched eager and open minds since 1891. … That is over 120 years of excellence; 120 years challenging young men and Login to read more

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