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NMSU’s first graduating class, the class of 1893, had just one member – Samuel Steel. Unfortunately, Steel was shot and killed shortly before graduation in what was then still very much the Wild West.

The following year we had five graduates. All received bachelor’s of science degrees. One of them was the university’s first female graduate, Agnes Williams. Another person in that class was Fabian Garcia.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Name Degree Year
Fabian Garcia Doctor of Agriculture 1927
Elmer Ottis Wooten Doctor of Science 1932
Frank Murphy (US Supr. Ct. Justice) Doctor of Laws 1939
Gen. Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright Doctor of Laws 1945
Clinton Presba Anderson Doctor of Agriculture 1946
Tomlinson Fort, Jr. Doctor of Laws 1952
Oris Vernon Wells Doctor of Laws 1952
Gen. George Gage Eddy Doctor of Science 1953
Bruce Hornbrook Sage Doctor of Engineering 1953
George Lee McNew Doctor of Science 1954
Seaborn Pasco Collins Doctor of Laws 1956
William Herman Goodrich Doctor of Laws 1956
John Arthur Logan Doctor of Laws 1956
Conrad Nicholson Hilton Doctor of Laws 1957
William Edgworth Morgan Doctor of Laws 1958
Gen. John Bruce Medaris Doctor of Laws 1959
Cleofas Calleros Master of Fine Arts 1960
Harry Joseph Goett Doctor of Engineering 1960
Maj. Gen. Leighton I. Davis Doctor of Laws 1961
Dr. Sarah E. Stewart Doctor of Laws 1961
Paul Horgan Doctor of Laws 1962
Rear Admiral Levering Smith Doctor of Laws 1962
Guenther Hintze Doctor of Laws 1962
D. Brainerd Holmes Doctor of Laws 1963
Herman E. Charles Doctor of Laws 1963
George W. Gardiner Doctor of Laws 1963
Ernest Sterling Marsh Doctor of Laws 1964
George E. Mueller Doctor of Laws 1964
John Frederick Thorlin Doctor of Laws 1964
Dr. Arnold Toynbee Doctor of Letters 1964
Watrous Henry Irons Doctor of Laws 1965
Jesse Mack Hanks Doctor of laws 1965
Carlos Villamar Talledo Doctor of Laws 1965
Jack M. Campbell Doctor of Laws 1966
Frank C. DiLuzio Doctor of Laws 1966
James E. Webb Doctor of Laws 1966
Dr. Earl Walden Doctor of Human Letters 1966
Dr. Emilio G. Collado Doctor of Laws 1967
Brig. Gen Leo A. Kiley Doctor of Laws 1967
Dr. Miguel Aleman Doctor of Laws 1967
Robert O. Anderson Doctor of Laws 1968
Erle Stanley Gardner Doctor of Laws 1968
Peter Hurd Doctor of Laws 1968
Sr. Juan Gonzalez A. Alpuche Master of Humanities 1969
Albert K. Mitchell Doctor of Laws 1969
D.W. Reeves Doctor of Laws 1970
Robert R. Gilruth Doctor of Laws 1970
Albert Rosenfeld Doctor of Letters 1970
John A. D. Cooper Doctor of Laws 1971
Maria Montoya Martinez Doctor of Fine Arts 1971
Edgar Dean Mitchell Doctor of Science 1971
William Henry Mauldin Doctor of Letters 1972
Norman Borlaug Doctor of Laws 1973
Lee Buck Trevino Doctor of Laws 1973
Bertha P. Dutton Doctor of Laws 1973
Henriette Wyeth Hurd Doctor of Fine Arts 1974
Edwin Leard Mechem Doctor of Laws 1974
Hugh Fleming Steen Doctor of Laws 1974
Fray Angelico Chavez Doctor of Laws 1975
Dr. Charles Price Loomis Doctor of Laws 1975
Sen. Joseph Manuel Montoya Doctor of Laws 1975
Frank Waters Doctor of Letters 1976
Elliott Speer Barker Doctor of Laws 1976
Francine Irving Neff Doctor of Laws 1976
Stephen E. Reynolds Doctor of Laws 1977
Jackson A. Rigney Doctor of Laws 1977
J. Cloyd Miller Doctor of Laws 1977
Agnes Bernice Martin Doctor of Fine Arts 1978
Dr. Roy Alton Young Doctor of Laws 1978
Abelicio Marquez Pena Doctor of Laws 1978
Earl Nunn Doctor of Laws 1978
John P. Stapp Doctor of Science 1979
Richard R. Bradford Doctor of Letters 1979
Albert Henry Schroeder Doctor of Laws 1980
Clara Belle Williams Doctor of Laws 1980
Reginald Robers Aston Doctor of Laws 1980
H C Cox Doctor of Laws 1981
Paul W. Klipsch Doctor of Laws 1981
Pete Domenici Doctor of Laws 1982
William Jack Howard Doctor of Laws 1982
Harry Vearle Payne Doctor of Laws 1982
Richard Edward Greenleaf Doctor of Laws 1983
Corinne Howell Wolfe Doctor of Laws 1983
Jorge Espinosa de los Reyes Doctor of Laws 1983
Alvin M. Stockton Doctor of Laws 1984
Evern Randolph Wall Doctor of Laws 1984
J. Paul Taylor Doctor of Laws 1985
Katherine Davalos Ortega Doctor of Laws 1986
Keith Willette Avery Doctor of Letters 1986
Brig. Gen Leo Marquez Doctor of Laws 1987
Senator I. M. (Ike) Smalley Doctor of Laws 1988
William Claud Tharp Doctor of Letters 1988
Frank O. Papen Doctor of Laws 1988
William Kent Schriver Doctor of Laws 1989
Effie Hall Jones Doctor of Letters 1989
Jimmy Ray Walls Doctor of Laws 1990
Eve LucilleYoquelet Doctor of Laws 1990
Reynaldo Ursulo Ortiz Doctor of Laws 1991
Joseph R. Skeen Doctor of Laws 1991
Alice Martin King Doctor of Laws 1992
Robert C. de Baca Doctor of Laws 1992
Samuel A. Donaldson Doctor of Laws 1993
Morgan Nelson Doctor of Laws 1993
Jerry King Doctor of Laws 1994
Lt. Gen. Edward D. Baca Doctor of Laws 1994
Suzanne Hoyt Garcia Doctor of Laws 1995
John L. Whitmire Doctor of Laws 1995
Norman Brinker Doctor of Laws 1996
Stan B. Hanssen Doctor of Laws 1996
Jeanne B. Hanssen Doctor of Laws 1996
Richard Leza Doctor of Laws 1997
Ernest T. “Ernie” Mills Doctor of Letters 1997
Jerome Shaw Doctor of Laws 1998
Hubert B. Cooper Doctor of Laws 1998
Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg Master of Musical Arts 1999
Ciriaco Q. Gonzales Doctor of Laws 1999
Daniel D. Villanueva Doctor of Laws 1999
Linda Mitchell Davis Doctor of Laws 1999
Alvy Ray Smith Doctor of Laws 1999
Edward L. Lujan Doctor of Laws 2000
Robert W. Davis Doctor of Laws 2000
John T. Ackerman Doctor of Laws 2001
Luis V. Amador, M.D. Doctor of Laws 2001
John A. Yates, Sr. Doctor of Laws 2001
Nancy Enriquez Archuleta Doctor of Laws 2002
Joan Raabe-Asprey Doctor of Laws 2002
Robert R. Asprey Doctor of Laws 2002
Albert Torres Gonzales, J.D. Doctor of Laws 2002
Stanley E. Fulton Doctor of Laws 2003
Gen. Lester L. Lyles Doctor of Laws 2003
G.X. McSherry Doctor of Laws 2003
Harrison Hagan Schmitt Doctor of Laws 2004
Col. Leonard Sugerman Doctor of Laws 2004
Louis R. Henson Doctor of Laws 2005
Mary Catherine Brantner Henson Doctor of Laws 2005
Andrea C. Everett Doctor of Laws 2005
George Carl Everett, Jr. Doctor of Laws 2005
Melvin “Don” Kidd Doctor of Laws 2006
Michael L. Johnson Doctor of Laws 2006
Ms. Paulina Salopek Doctor of Letters 2007
Mr. Mike Maloof Doctor of Letters 2007
Mrs. Barbara Hubbard Doctor of Letters 2007
Mr. Harold W. Foreman Doctor of Letters 2008
Mr. Edgar Foreman Doctor of Letters 2008
Mr. Jesse Francis (Jeff) Bingaman, Jr. Doctor of Letters 2008
Ms. Carla Aragon Doctor of Letters 2009
Mr. Norbert “Herb” Wright Wimberly, Jr. Doctor of Letters 2009
Mr. Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa Doctor of Letters 2009
Del Archuleta Doctor of Letters 2010
Peyton Yates Doctor of Letters 2010
Bradley B. Gordon Doctor of Letters 2010
Herbert & Joan Zuhl Doctor of Letters 2011
John A. Papen III Doctor of Letters 2011
Judy Gray Johnson Doctor of Letters 2012
Bill Sheriff Doctor of Letters 2012
Jerry Landrum Doctor of Letters 2013