Tech Approves Large December Graduating Class
Officially members of the Class of 2011, the December graduation list includes 75 individuals – 59 bachelor’s, 14 master’s and two doctorates. Previous graduation lists from 2010 are also available online.
Since the Board of Regents changed its policy in May, New Mexico Tech has been approving graduates on a monthly basis. At that time, the Board agreed to vest President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez with the authority to confer degrees without routine approval by the board.
“We’ve found that more and more employers – especially government agencies – require new hires to have a diploma in hand prior to starting their careers,” Lopez said. “We adopted this new policy to accommodate our graduates who are anxious to become professionals.”
Every month, the Faculty Senate considers and approves graduation lists. From July through December, the Faculty Senate and the President have approved 67 bachelor’s degrees, 56 master’s degrees and seven doctorates.
The Registrar’s Office is working to further streamline the graduation process for Tech students. When students file their “Intent To Graduate” form, they received their exit survey and a checklist that includes information about cap-and-gown ordering, hotel lists, transcript ordering instructions, diploma details and other information.
Registrar Sara Grijalva said the new approach gives students more time to take care of graduation business. Instead of just a few weeks under the old system, soon-to-be graduates now have up to four months to prepare themselves.
– NMT –By Thomas Guengerich/