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NTU Graduates 185 Students—7 With Bachelor’s Degrees

On May 15, seven students graduated with bachelor’s degrees in STEM studies from Navajo Technical University.
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In 2013, Navajo Technical University pushed to become a university, it did so to allow more students the opportunity to earn baccalaureate degrees. The school carried out that mission on May 15, when seven students graduated with bachelor’s degrees during spring commencement.

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IT-Computer Science major JoVonna Becenti of Coyote Canyon, New Mexico receives help from classmate Laverne Moore while getting ready for NTU’s Spring Commencement. Becenti was one of seven students to receive a Bachelor of Applied Science degree during this year’s graduation.

These weren’t just any bachelor’s degrees either—these seven students earned degrees in STEM fields. It was fitting that Dr. Stan Atcitty, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the Energy Storage Technology and Systems department, was the commencement speaker for the event. In 2006, Atcitty was recognized as the first American Indian male to receive a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for outstanding scientists and engineers.

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Seven students received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at NTU’s fall commencement—the largest cohort of baccalaureate graduates since NTU was established as a university in 2013. Pictured, from left, are: JoVonna Becenti; Tim Goodluck, Jr.; Bernita Lee; Sherietta Martinez-Brown; Candice Craig; Erik Tsosie; and Shawn Tsosie.

A total of 185 students earned a certificate, an associate’s, or a bachelor’s degree at the commencement—that breaks down to 64 students who received an associate’s, and 114 who earned a certificate.

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Students search the crowd for family members at NTU’s 36th Annual Commencement in Crownpoint, New Mexico. The graduation was held in NTU’s Comprehensive Wellness Center on May 15, 2015.