Eight graduating NMSU students honored with Outstanding Graduate awards

New Mexico State University has a tradition of providing undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional academic programs, highly respected faculty and nationally recognized research programs.

The NMSU Alumni Association has named its Fall 2020 Outstanding Graduates. They are Alyssa Adams, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management; Chad Johnson, College of Arts and Sciences, government; Angel Salcido, College of Business, economics and international business; Amberly Cotton, College of Education, kinesiology; Lucas Rivera, College of Engineering, civil engineering; Marcos Walters, College of Health and Social Services, nursing; Amalia Zeitlin, master’s candidate in the Graduate School, music; and Connie Maxwell, doctoral candidate in the Graduate School, Water Science and Management. (Courtesy photo)

The NMSU Alumni Association is honored to recognize some of the best and brightest as our Fall 2020 Outstanding Graduates:

Alyssa Adams – College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Chad Johnson – College of Arts and Sciences, government

Angel Salcido – College of Business, economics and international business

Amberly Cotton – College of Education, kinesiology

Lucas Rivera – College of Engineering, civil engineering

Marcos Walters – College of Health and Social Services, nursing

Amalia Zeitlin – Master’s candidate, Graduate School, music

Connie Maxwell – Doctoral candidate, Graduate School, Water Science and Management

Each semester, the Outstanding Graduate Award is presented to a graduating student from each of the academic colleges and to both a masters and a doctoral candidate from the Graduate School. Honorees are chosen through a nomination and dean selection process and recognized for their exceptional academic achievements, notable leadership skills and extracurricular commitment to the university and the community.

“In these uncertain times, one thing remains certain; NMSU has some of the most outstanding students in the nation,” said Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president of Alumni and Donor Relations, “It is an honor each semester to recognize an outstanding graduate from each of our academic colleges as well as two students from the graduate school. Their commitment to their academics and communities is impressive. The NMSU Alumni Association is honored to be a part of this important recognition for our students.”

The NMSU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Award is a time-honored tradition at the university and a prestigious distinction for its recipients. Each honoree will be recognized virtually via Zoom, at https://support.nmsu.edu/ and on the @NMSUAlumFriends social media pages. NMSU’s Commencement ceremonies will also be held virtually this December.


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