Jessica Cooke And Summer Bronson Are Among 2023 New Mexico Tech Grads

Jessica Cooke and her father, Bradley Cooke of Los Alamos pose together following the New Mexico Tech Commencement ceremony, held May 13, 2023, at the Socorro Sports Complex and Rodeo Grounds. Jessica earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. Photo Courtesy NMT

Summer Bronson of Los Alamos poses with gifts from friends and relatives. The graduate received her bachelor of science degree in computer science from New Mexico Tech May 13, 2023, at the Commencement ceremony held at the Socorro Sports Complex and Rodeo Grounds. Photo Courtesy NMT


The New Mexico Tech Class of 2023, and hundreds of faculty, staff, fellow students, family members, and friends participated in this year’s Commencement Ceremony, held May 13, 2023, at the Socorro Sports Complex and Rodeo Grounds. The NMT Board of Regents conferred three associate’s degrees, 253 bachelor’s degrees, 103 master’s degrees, 14 doctorates, eight graduate certificates, and two honorary degrees at the ceremony.

Xochitl Torres Small, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Rural Development and former Member of Congress, delivered the keynote address. Timothy Bonzon of Rio Rancho was the student speaker.

Data points about the Class of 2023 shared by Interim President Daniel H. López in his remarks:

  • The average GPA of bachelor’s recipients is 3.21.
  • Just over 72%  have GPAs of 3.0 or greater.
  • 99 of (or 40%) have received at least one F in a course at NMT.
  • Four students graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
  • The youngest bachelor’s recipient is 19 years old..
  • The “most senior” recipient is 53 years old.
  • With the 2023 Commencement, NMT will have awarded 7,201 bachelor’s degrees in its history, along with 3,098 master’s degrees and 442 Ph.D.s
  • The most well-represented department conferring degrees at the undergraduate level this year is Mechanical Engineering, with 61 bachelor’s degrees being awarded. The most well-represented department at the master’s degree level is also Mechanical Engineering, with 23 degrees being awarded.
  • At the Ph.D. level, two departments (Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry) both awarded three degrees.
  • Just over 80% of the undergraduates who received degrees hail from New Mexico, including students from Farmington to Carlsbad, from Shiprock to Silver City, from San Juan Pueblo to Anthony.
  • From out-of-state, the Class of 2023 includes students from Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
  • This year, NMT international students earning degrees hail from Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Ghana, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zambia.
  • Additionally there are three alumni of Socorro High School among the 2023 NMT graduates.