Congratulations to LAS Graduates

May 12, 2014

The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) will hold its departmental convocation on Friday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the UNM Hibben Center atrium. All are welcome to join us for this celebration of Latin American Studies (LAS) graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Benjamin Waddell, an alum of the LAS master's program, will offer the keynote presentation.

The University of New Mexico has been granting LAS undergraduate and graduate degrees since 1941. The LAS program is administered by the LAII in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, which confers LAS degrees. The LAS program draws on UNM's cross-campus excellence in research, scholarship and teaching on Latin America, and is dedicated to advancing knowledge in, and service to, the field.

As one of the top institutions in the US for Latin American studies, the LAII provides a comprehensive and engaging environment for the study and research of Latin America. Graduates of the LAS program have held positions as city planners, data analysts, economists, health care workers, lawyers and legal advocates, librarians, professors, program directors, social workers, and teachers, among many others.

In 2014, the LAII is delighted to recognize the following students as they complete a BA, MA, or PhD in Latin American Studies:

  • Griffin Arellano, BA
  • Roxanne Blair, MALAS
  • Adam Cowan, BA
  • Matthew Draper, MALAS
  • José Flores, MALAS
  • Joseph García, PhD
  • Michael Graham, MALAS
  • Andrew Gutierrez, BA
  • Elizabeth Halpin, MALAS
  • Sam Johnson, MALAS
  • Karlee Kaza, BA
  • Kiri Mathsen, MALAS
  • Meghan Newbill, BA
  • Ailesha Ringer, MALAS
  • Erin Slay, BA
  • Deborah Sposito, MALAS
  • Ashley Valenzuela Ruesgen, MALAS
  • Nicholas Vandiver, BA