It is the tradition of New Mexico State University Alumni Association to recognize the highest honor for a student with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This honors a graduating student from each academic college and Office of International and Border Programs, as well as a master’s student and a doctoral student from the Graduate School.
All honorees are named Outstanding Graduates by the deans or leaders of their respective colleges and programs, and then they are honored during a luncheon hosted by the NMSU Alumni Association. In the College of Education, the student is recognized with their peers at the Dean’s Academic Excellence Reception, which is hosted the Friday morning before commencements. This is a very special honor that carries with it the knowledge that, as an outstanding graduate, the recipient was not only marked by achieving high academic standards, but also by a high level of involvement in the community. These outstanding individual is a leader, as well as good student.
This award is presented every semester the Friday before commencement to those outstanding graduates who have demonstrated a tremendous focus on academics; active participation in activities that embrace their leadership skills; and an ability to conceptualize and communicate needed practices for success in their education and personal lives.