Commencement Features Frank Etscorn As Keynote Speaker


Commencement Features Frank Etscorn As Keynote Speaker


Class of 2017 Is Largest Ever At New Mexico Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. – The 2017 Commencement ceremony at New Mexico Tech will feature the largest number of students in the history of the institute. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, on the lawn north of Brown Hall.

Once again this year the Academic Center for Technology will be offering a live webcast of the commencement ceremony. Viewers can access the webcast at https://goo.gl/Pzouq3.


Dr. Frank Etscorn

Inventor of the nicotine patch and Tech professor

Keynote speaker at commencement

For the first time in decades, the ceremony will feature guest speakers. Graduating senior Myissa Weiss, who recently finished her term on the NMT Board of Regents, will deliver a talk about her time at the university. Dr. Frank Etscorn, inventor of the nicotine patch in the early 1980s, will be the keynote speaker. 

More than 300 students will walk in the ceremony, including about 245 bachelor’s recipients, 45 master’s recipients and 10 Ph.D.’s. The Class of 2017 (including those not participating in graduation) is the largest ever, with an estimated 475 degrees conferred since last year’s commencement (that number is subject to change since the final graduation list will not be finalized until May 1). Last year’s graduating class included 430 students.

The ceremony is open to the public. Friends and family who attend graduation are encouraged to bring chairs, since limited bleacher seating will be available. Water and sunscreen are advisable as well. Campus police will provide shuttle service from the parking lot on College Avenue. Immediately following the ceremony, everyone is invited to an open reception on the south side of Brown Hall for snacks and refreshments.

Also, the Alumni Relations Office will have a professional photographer on hand to take portraits of graduates with their families immediately after the event. 

Along with the webcast will be a chat application so that viewers can share their thoughts as the commencement progresses. A recording of the commencement will be available from the same link shortly after the end of the ceremony.

The top awards will be announced during the ceremony, including the Brown Award to the top student, two Cramer awards to the two top engineering students, the Langmuir Award to the graduate student who published the most influential paper, and the Founder’s Award to the top graduate student who made an impact on campus culture.

The Distinguished Researcher Award and Distinguished Teaching Award will be presented during the ceremony. Plus the undergraduate Student Government Association and the Graduate Student Association both will present awards to faculty, staff and students.

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