Veterans Affairs Leader to Deliver Graduation Keynote Saturday

April 29, 2013 -- Native-born New Mexican John M. Garcia, who was appointed by the White House in 2011 to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, will deliver the keynote address during CNM’s Spring Graduation Ceremony on Saturday (May 4) at noon at Tingley Coliseum.
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Mr. Garcia, a senior leader in the VA, fosters partnerships and acts as a liaison between state, local, tribal and international governments. Prior to joining the VA, he was appointed by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the first Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. He also served as the President of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (1985-91) and he is a founding member of the Vietnam Veterans of New Mexico and the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans of America. Mr. Garcia served in the U.S. Army’s Fourth Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. Among numerous awards, he was most recently presented with the “Profile of Courage Award” by the Vietnam Veterans of America and he also received the “National Hispanic Leadership Award” by the Mexican American Foundation.

About 600 CNM graduates will participate in the Graduation Ceremony on Saturday.

In all, more than 2,150 associate degrees and certificates are expected be awarded to graduating CNM students at the end of the spring term, which will set a new spring term record for graduate awards. There will be about 545 Associate of Arts degrees awarded this spring, about 610 Associate of Applied Science degrees, about 50 Associate of Science degrees and about 945 certificates.