Selena Darra receives a hug from Arina Conde while leading the line of graduates with Kaci Chavez, right, as they prepare for ENMU-R’s 58th Commencement Convocation at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, Thursday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell graduated more than 100 students in its 58th Commencement Convocation, Thursday, at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.
The featured speaker was presidential scholar Arely Miramontes, who received an Associate of Arts degree in University Studies.
Miramontes, 19, received her first scholarship when she was in first grade and earned a number of college credits at ENMU-R while attending Roswell High School until she graduated in 2011. She has spent the past two and a half years working at Kunkel and Associates, a real estate appraisal firm.
Miramontes plans to attend the University of New Mexico in the spring to pursue a degree in computer engineering and math.
Miramontes admitted she was skeptical about attending ENMU-Roswell at first but that she ultimately decided to stay in Roswell. “ I love it here. The teachers are all great, they have inspired me, and I’ve enjoyed the relationships I’ve made.”
Miramontes said she has seen the benefits of a small school during her time at ENMU-R and credited math instructor Don Burleson for giving her mathematical ideas to pursue as she continues on in her education. She also thanked her English instructor Annemarie Oldfield and her campus advisor James Mares.
“We all have worked hard to get here. It takes dedication, drive and sleepless nights,” she said. “We took on a battle that most people fail. I am proud of everyone.”
Miramontes closed her speech with a quote from Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg. “Everybody is a mad scientist and life is their lab. We are all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.”