CNM Celebrates Student Success at Graduation Ceremony Saturday

April 16, 2016 -- Celina Bussey, New Mexico Secretary of Workforce Solutions, will be the keynote speaker at CNM’s spring Graduation Ceremony that will take place at noon on Saturday, April 30, at Tingley Coliseum.
April 13, 2016

Secretary Bussey began her career in state government at the department in 2002 when she was the State Director of Apprenticeship with what was then called the New Mexico Department of Labor. Prior to her appointment as Cabinet Secretary in 2011, Bussey served as the Executive Director for the Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) for five years. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Bussey received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from the University of New Mexico.

The student graduation speaker is Antoinette Thompson, who will be graduating from the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences. She is earning her Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education with a concentration in Families, Infants and Toddlers, along with recently earning a Certificate in Childhood Development.

More than 630 graduates will don caps and gowns at the ceremony, including 52 College & Career High School students and 22 GED students. Nearly 190 faculty and staff members in graduation regalia will be on hand to celebrate the students’ life-changing achievement. An estimated 8,000 family and friends are expected to be in attendance to cheer on their graduates.

“The graduation ceremony is a time of year when we get to see our students and their families celebrate the end of one journey and the start of another,” said Rudy Garcia, CNM Dean of Students. “To see the smiles and tears of joy on our students’ faces makes all of us who work at CNM proud of what we do. Congratulations to everyone who is graduating this year, and special thanks to those who have supported them along the way.”

Entrance into Tingley Coliseum for the ceremony is free. There will be a $5 parking fee per car for families, friends and supporters of the graduates who are not participating in the ceremony. Parking is free for graduates and employees participating in the ceremony, but they must display their parking pass to gain free entry.

Graduation Parking Info

Please be advised that the eastbound ramp for the Louisiana Blvd. exit from I-40 is currently under construction. This will likely cause traffic delays in the area, so please leave early.

Graduation attendees are reminded to arrive early because there are several other events going on at Tingley on April 30.

Employees who will be participating and wearing regalia in the graduation ceremony will receive a parking pass that provides free access to parking through Gate 3 of EXPO New Mexico, which is accessible from the intersection of San Pedro and Copper.

Some additional parking information for graduates, family and friends:

  • Graduates, family members and friends all enter Tingley Coliseum through Gate 8, located on Louisiana Blvd., just south of Lomas.
  • Parking for the Graduation Ceremony will be free for graduates who are participating (walking) in the actual ceremony. Graduates will receive one free parking permit from the Student Activities Office that will need to be displayed on their vehicles rearview mirror. If the parking permit is not displayed, a fee of $5 will be charged for parking.
  • A $5 fee will be charged for all other vehicles attending the ceremony.