Commencement Speakers

New Mexico Military Institute is pleased to announce our Fall 2017 mid-year graduation & commissioning speaker is Major General NMNG Kenneth A. Nava.

General Nava serves as The 44th Adjutant General for the State of New Mexico. As The Adjutant General, he serves as senior military advisor to the Governor and is responsible for providing the State of New Mexico and the United States with a ready force of citizen Airmen and Soldiers.

General Nava’s career began in 1988 as an enlisted HAWK Firing Section Mechanic in the 7th Battalion, 200th Air Defense Artillery (HAWK), New Mexico Army National Guard. He later became commissioned through Officer Candidate School as a Second Lieutenant in 1992. General Nava has held various staff positions at the Battalion, Brigade and Joint Force Headquarters levels. He branch transferred from Air Defense to Infantry in 2006 as a result of Force Structure changes in the New Mexico National Guard. He has commanded at Battery, Battalion and Brigade levels.

General Nava has been married for 26 years to his wife Dawn. They have three children, Alicia Gardner, Aaron Nava, and Ariana Nava. He has three grandsons, Zackary, Elijah and Ezekiel.

Previous Commencement Speakers

Spring 2017

High School Commencement
John Sanchez, New Mexico Lieutenant Governor

Spring 2017

Junior College Commencement
Dr. Barbara Damron, New Mexico Cabinet Secretary – Higher Education Department

Fall 2016

Mid-Year Graduation
Colonel Tanya A. Peacock, Interim Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Directorate of Training and Academic Affairs, US Army Medical Department Center and School

Spring 2016

HS/JC Commencements
Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson, United States Air Force, Superintendant, United States Air Force Academy

Fall 2015

Mid-Year Graduation
Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D., President, New Mexico State University

Spring 2015

HS/JC Commencements
Hannah Skandera, Secretary, New Mexico Department of Public Education

Fall 2014

Mid-Year Graduation
Dennis Kintigh, Mayor of Roswell

Spring 2014

HS/JC Commencement
Steve Pearce, United States House of Representatives, New Mexico

Fall 2013

Mid-Year Graduation
Tim Jennings, New Mexico Senate, 1968 HSG

Spring 2013

HS/JC Commencement
Guillermo Padres Elias, Governor of Sonora, Mexico

Fall 2012

Mid-Year Graduation
John M. Henderson III, 1962 HSG, 1964 DMG

Spring 2012

HS/JC Commencement
Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico

Fall 2011

Mid-Year Graduation
Lieutenant Colonel Juliana McCauslin, USAR, 1989 JCG

Spring 2011

HS/JC Commencement
Bobby R. Baldock, Senior Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1956 JCG

Fall 2011

Mid-Year Graduation
Phillip Ingram, President – Board of Regents, 1967 HSG

Spring 2010

HS/JC Commencement
O. Tracy Kelly, Chairman of the Board, Spirit Bank of Oklahoma, 1944 HSG, 1946 JCG

Fall 2009

Mid-Year Graduation
Major General Jerry Grizzle, USANG (Ret.), NMMI Superintendent / President

Spring 2009

HS/JC Commencement
Marshall A. Pieczentkowski, 1959 JCG

Fall 2008

Mid-Year Graduation
Colonel Jack Fox, AUS, NMANG

Spring 2008

HS/JC Commencement
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico

Duty, Honor, Achievement

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