COVID-19 Update for Spring ’20 & Fall ’20 Commencement(s)

For the safety and health of our graduates and their families, NMSU Grants is postponing the May 2020 and December 2020 graduation ceremonies. The NMSU Grants Leadership is planning a ceremony, with a possible date in May 2021, in the Fidel Activity Center on our campus. More information on both celebrations will be forthcoming from our Vice President of Student Services, Patrick Clingman, and/or Ms. Nicole Kormick,

NMSU Grants holds Commencement annually, typically the second Friday of May, at 6:00 PM, in the Fidel Activity Center on campus.  We celebrate Fall, Spring, and Summer graduates. Students apply for their degrees online at; see the Schedule of Classes for deadlines. Certificate applications are in Student Services.

This is a time to acknowledge the success of our students and where they have excelled.

  • Outstanding Students Program Managers select one or more outstanding students for the year; this is generally based upon academic standing and other skills or character they have observed in students.
  • NMSU Alumni Awards – the Alumni Office sponsors this award and three graduates are selected locally. The categories are: Associate of Arts programs, Associate of Science programs, and the Associate of Applied Science programs.  This award focuses on scholarship, leadership, and citizenships.
  • Grants Grit Award this award began in 2015; Student Services selects students who have exhibited ” grit “ – perseverance in overcoming obstacles – to complete an Associate degree in two years.  It is our goal to assist students with timely degree completion, allowing students to transfer for a Bachelors degree or enter the career field of their choice.
  • USA All American Academic Team – this award is for students who are nominated by faculty or staff, who are eligible for PTK with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A lengthy application process and a plan to complete a Bachelor’s degree at one of the NM state colleges makes this a very prestigious scholarship.