CNM Celebrated Graduates at Spring Ceremony

May 11, 2015 -- Dr. Barbara Damron, New Mexico’s newly appointed Higher Education Secretary, was the keynote speaker at CNM’s spring graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 9.
CNM Celebrated Graduates at Spring Ceremony

Jul 16, 2015

Before assuming the position of secretary in January, Damron served as an associate professor at the University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing. She also directed the Office of Community Partnerships and Cancer Health Disparities, and the Hispanic and Native American Community Outreach Program at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.

Damron has served as an executive, head nurse, supervisor, administrator, clinical nurse
specialist, educator and researcher, and was the founding director of the first statewide comprehensive cancer nursing education program in the country.


She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Union College in Lincoln, Neb., a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Social, Development, and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin.

Some 691 graduates donned caps and gowns at the graduation ceremony, including 39 College and Career High School students and 20 GED students. Nearly 190 faculty and staff in graduation regalia were on hand to celebrate the students' life-changing achievement, as well as an estimated 8,000 family and friends.

Rudy Garcia, CNM Dean of Students, considers graduation one of the most important days in the lives of CNM students.

“Graduation is such an important milestone for our students,” he said. “It is the end of one journey and the start of another. We are so blessed at CNM to have been a part of their life during this journey. And the graduation ceremony is our way of saying thank you to our students for letting us be a part of their lives during their time with us. We welcome them into our alumni family.”