UNM-LA Holds 33rd Annual Graduation Convocation

Oliva Lopez leads those receiving master’s and bachelor’s degrees into the Cross Roads Bible Church sanctuary Thursday during the UNM-Los Alamos Graduation and Convocation. Lopez received her Masters in Public Administration at the ceremony. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon
Associate degree candidates enter the hall. Around 60 students received associate’s degrees Thursday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Staff Report

UNM-Los Alamos held its 33rd annual Graduation Convocataion Thursday, May 15 at Crossroads Bible Church. The following students received degrees, certificates and diplomas: 

Master’s Degrees

Christine J. Cartelli* Masters in Public Administration, Joseph Harris* Masters in Public Administration, James K. Lewis Masters in Public Administration, Oliva M. Lopez* Masters in Public Administration, Lucille H. Frey Master of Science in Computer Science, and Nicholas D. Moss* Master of Science in Computer Science.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Jose A. Gasca Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Christopher D. Hatch Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, William W. Winton Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,  Austin D. Brown* Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Sarah M. Terrill Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Associate Degrees

Associate of Arts

Mary Duran* Early Childhood Multicultural Education, Elsa De La Rosa Early Childhood Multicultural Education, Melissah L. Brothers+ Liberal Arts Sara E. Canfield* Liberal Arts, Samuel C. Garcia* Liberal Arts, Catherine E. Geisik* Liberal Arts, Melissa A. Green* Liberal Arts, Samantha J. Gutierrez Liberal Arts, Gary M. Holladay* Liberal Arts, Benjamin C. Hollowell Liberal Arts, Simon M. Johnson Liberal Arts, Kyle Kitay Liberal Arts, Valerie Mariah Lucero Liberal Arts, Melanie Rae Martinez* Liberal Arts, John D. Michel Liberal Arts, Christopher M. Olivas Liberal Arts, Sarah J. Sasek Liberal Arts, Tamara Marie Sutton Liberal Arts, Nicholas R. Galvez Pre-Business Administration, Sherrie A. Herrera Pre-Business Administration, Ivette Jimenez+ Pre-Business Administration, Geraldine J. Pacheco* Pre-Business Administration, Miranda R. Torrez Pre-Business Administration, and David C. Trimmer* Pre-Business Administration.

Associate of Science

Oksana V. Savukova* Computer Science-Programming, David R. Atencio Environmental Science, Douglas A. Bejos Pre-Engineering, Joshua C. Montoya* Pre-Engineering, Jose M. Ortiz* Pre-Engineering, Guadalupe Salazar Brown* Pre-Engineering, Brian S. Valdez Pre-Engineering, Jacob Valdez Pre-Engineering, Matthew E. Velasquez Pre-Engineering, Angela Sofia Borrego* Pre-Professional Health Sciences, Mariah A. Duran Pre-Professional Health Sciences, Patricia Yvonne Rosas Pre-Professional Health Sciences and Kristen Marie Sorensen Science.

Associate of Applied Science

Waimar Lwin* Accounting, Christopher Bast Applied Technologies- Electromechanical Technology, Fatima M. Pino Applied Technologies-Nano Technology, Shalynn S. Trancosa Applied Technologies-Solar Technology, Savannah S. Trujillo Business-Management, Marisa L. Boettcher Digital Media Arts, Candida T. Fresquez Digital Media Arts, Candice A. Herrera* Emergency Medical Services, Kevin Kamplain Emergency Medical Services, Adam Martinez* Emergency Medical Services, Patrick Thoma* Emergency Medical Services, Nathan Wingate Emergency Medical Services, Micah S. Brittelle* Fire Science, Candice A. Herrera* Fire Science, John A. Napier* Fire Science, Edward H. Ortiz* Fire Science, Matthew Williams Fire Science, Ryan L. Fresquez General Studies, Gina M. Gonzales General Studies, Calvin R. Nall* General Studies, Amanda J. Trujillo General Studies, and Michael B. Martinez Network Administration-Unix.


Calvin R. Nall* Certificate in Network Administration

*Graduating with honors
+Member of Phi Theta Kappa

General Education Diploma

Rachel R. Biggs, Gabriella T. Brazfield, Kisha L. Calabaza, Edmund K. Chinana, Felipe Conejo-Robles, Joseph A. Cordell, Aaron G. Daniels, S. Martel Day, Claudette A. Foster, Ariana L. Garciam Cassidy A. Gardner, Donald E. Hay, Kyle J. Hill, Katie M. Jennings, Taya Kaskalla, Elfego Lovato IV, Katerie M. Martinez, Maria Pilar Orozco, Gabriela C. Sanchez, Edward R. Stephenson Jr., Francis E. Toribio, Anthony S. Toya, Josanna Toya, Patrick E. Toya and Kelsey A. Wedman.

Austin Brown was the bachelor and graduate degree speaker. Brown received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Brown said his math instructor taught him not only mathematics, but to have courage to make his dreams a reality. Like many UNM-LA students, Brown juggled parental responsibilities, his job and his studies to achieve his degree. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Melissah Brothers spoke on behalf of those receiving associate’s degrees. Brothers received an AA in Libereal Arts and plans to study forensic anthropology at UNM this fall. Brothers returned to college after 14 years and said she discovered her calling when she took an Introduction to Anthropology class at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
UNM-LA faculty member Dr. Leslie Dendy has been teaching at the college since 1973. Dendy has written more than 25 science articles and stories and two books for kids on science topics. She congratulated students for their initiative and hard work. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Students come forward to receive their diplomas. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, and Fire Capt./UNM-LA Fire Science Program Manager Joseph Candelaria, right, brought a fire engine to the ceremony to honor fire science graduates. Some of them posed in front of the engine. Five students received degrees in Fire Science and five more in Emergency Medical Services. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

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