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153 NMMI grads poised to ‘stand like beacons’

May 19, 2013 • Local News


New Mexico Military Institute cadets celebrate their graduation following commencement ceremonies, Saturday morning. (Mark Wilson Photo)

The New Mexico Military Institute’s 119th graduating class sat for a memorable ceremony under a pleasant mid-morning sun, many marking a final break from the bricks and mortar, bugle calls and friendships they built behind campus walls.

“We have the entire world ahead of us, now we’re prepared to embark on a new journey,” high school valedictorian Robert Haley, of McLean, Texas, told the 77 junior college and 76 high school graduates.

Haley’s speech sparked the beginning of an emotional ceremony that featured keynote speaker Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias, of Sonora, Mexico, a NMMI alumnus, whose son graduated Saturday.

Many of the 153 newly graduated cadets will go on to military academies, some will venture on to traditional universities and colleges, and some will return to NMMI in the fall.

The year’s senior “quote” Haley said was about a “song’s pause.”

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