NMSU Grants holds Commencement annually, the second Friday of May, at 6 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 Outstanding Students in each program, the NMSU Alumni Awards, and the Grants Grit award.

  • 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.2017 Recipients:  Traci Torres and Callie Treadway (pictured above); 2016 Recipients: Beatriz Avitia, Jalena Gonzales, Carmillia Sandoval, and Rylee DeGroat; 2015 Recipients: Dallas Alexander, Shaleen Eickhoff, and Cassandra Martinez.