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Matthew Grant: Fraternity brother inspired confidence

Matthew Grant: Fraternity brother inspired confidence

Whether he was walking across campus or going to the store to pick up groceries, Matthew Grant took it upon himself to turn everything into an adventure.

That kind of confidence — the kind that saw the potential in every situation — was Grant’s most telling trait, said Gage Gutierrez. Gutierrez, a friend of Grant’s since they met each other in Sigma Alpha Epsilon their freshman year, said that poise rubbed off on him and anyone else who knew him.

“Hanging out with Matt, you always felt more confident and it always seemed to end in a good time,” Gutierrez said.

Crystal Arietta: Setting an example for others

Crystal Arietta: Setting an example for others

“You need to be a doctor,” John Wade said. “You’re crazy. Me, a doctor?” Crystal Arrietta said. “Yeah! You’ve seen the most messed-up people in the world, and you’ve been able to move on from that,” Wade, Arrietta’s ... Read More

Barbara Gomez Aguinaga: political science graduate plans to work in immigration law

Learning a new language can be challenging, but attempting to learn a new language while studying at a university more than 1,000 miles away from home is even more so.

Like so many other students, Barbara Gomez Aguinaga has a lot of support from her family in Jalisco, Mexico, but that doesn’t make being away from home any easier.

Gomez Aguinaga, a political science major who will graduate this semester, said she will be the second person in her family to graduate from college.

Kadija Chudnoff: Aiming for high achievement despite dyslexia

It took six years of hard work, but one student will graduate with a near-perfect grade point average despite battling against a reading disorder.

Khadija Chudnoff, a liberal arts major, said she was diagnosed with the common learning disorder dyslexia when she was in kindergarten.

“I used to love telling people I had it because people thought it was a disease, so I’d get sympathy. I would tell my classmates I had dyslexia to try to get attention,” she said. “I liked it at first. I didn’t know that I was so far behind; I thought it was normal to get taken out of class for extra help. Until I was in middle school I didn’t get that I had to do so much extra work.”

Matthew Singleton: Broken family didn't deter education major

For Matthew Singleton, getting through college was more difficult than it is for most. But he will be the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Singleton spent most of his life living in Roswell with his grandparents, and rose out of hardship to receive his degree in secondary education this semester.

While Singleton’s father was not around, his mother was in and out of his life.

Verity Bornet: Skater followed alternative path

In 2013, the average age of a UNM student was 25 years old. Verity Bornet, a senior psychology major, defies the average.

Verity Bornet will graduate this semester with a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the age of 19.

Bornet started figure skating when she was 13. A year later, she opted out of attending high school so she could commit more time to skating. She earned her GED and began working toward her associate’s degree at Santa Fe Community College. Four years later, she is substituting a high school graduation with a college ceremony.

Josh Martinez: Grad brings reforms home

osh Martinez is all too familiar with the problems surrounding Northern New Mexico.

Martinez, who grew up in Chimayo, had to deal with the drug issue that Rio Arriba County is known for. Rio Arriba County has one of the highest death rates per capita due to drug overdose.

However, thanks to his faith and his family, Martinez was never involved with the drug problem that plagues his hometown. Now Martinez will be graduating from UNM for the second time with a master’s degree in public administration.

Elaine Lieberman: Student to graduate after 30 years

Many people take four years to complete a college degree. Elaine Lieberman spent 30 years working on hers.

After enrolling at UNM at several points throughout her life, Lieberman, a liberal arts major, will graduate Friday with a 4.0 grade point average at 74 years old.

She said she decided to persevere toward a degree about six years ago, and has been taking classes since then. She was only able to afford six credit hours each semester.

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