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Grad Ceremony Features Speaker from Hit TV Series

The diplomas are being printed, the caps and gowns are being ordered, and a new class of CNM students is preparing to become college graduates. The Spring 2011 CNM Graduation Ceremony is set for April 29 at 6 p.m. at Tingley Coliseum, where the thrill of student success reaches its springtime peak.

Sep 01, 2016

April 2011

The diplomas are being printed, the caps and gowns are being ordered, and a new class of CNM students is preparing to become college graduates. The Spring 2011 CNM Graduation Ceremony is set for April 29 at 6 p.m. at Tingley Coliseum, where the thrill of student success reaches its springtime peak.

All CNM faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the event and celebrate the crowning achievement of CNM students. It's also a great opportunity for employees to see the rewards of their work materialize as students reach a life-changing milestone.

The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony will be Steven Michael Quezada, one of the stars of the Emmy Award-winning television series "Breaking Bad," which is filmed in Albuquerque. Quezada, who plays "Steven Gomez" on the hit series, has also had a long and successful career as a stand-up comedian. He has won the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association Comedian of the Year award five times. The New Mexico native studied theater at Eastern New Mexico University and he now lives in Albuquerque. He also volunteers his time to various charitable events in New Mexico.

"I'll talk to the graduates about my journey," Quezada said. "And I'll encourage them to enjoy the fact that they get to go on their journey now. I'll encourage them to achieve their goals in life and do it in a positive way."

The CNM Student Activities office is expecting more than 400 graduates will walk in the ceremony.

CNM President Kathie Winograd is encouraging all CNM employees to attend the graduation ceremony.

"Not only does this ceremony provide graduates and their proud families with unforgettable memories that will be cherished for a lifetime, but it also gives our faculty and staff a chance to celebrate their contributions to the success of our students," President Winograd said. "It's always an inspirational experience."

CNM employees can still order caps and gowns to participate in the ceremony through April 11. E-mail Brandon Seber in Student Activities at bseber@cnm.edu for more information or to order regalia.

Employees who will be participating and wearing regalia in the ceremony will receive a parking pass when they pick up their regalia, which will be available to be picked up from Student Activities April 14 through April 28. For participants who already have a cap and gown, parking passes can be picked up beginning April 18. The parking passes for participants will provide access to parking through Gate 3 of EXPO New Mexico, which is accessible from the intersection of San Pedro and Copper. General parking for employees attending the event and for students will be through Gate 8, which is accessible from Louisiana, just south of Lomas.

Employees participating in the ceremony should be at the event no later than 5 p.m.