Special to the QCS
Graduation ceremonies at Mesalands Community College class of 2006 could be designated as definitely out of the ordinary. Not only was it the largest ever (76 graduates), but it was the first ceremony where several of the graduates could be classified as being “pairs.”
In the graduating class there was a pair of brothers, a brother and a sister, and three pairs of mother and daughter combinations.
Mothers and daughters graduating included Vicki Sandoval and her daughter Davina Blea, Laura Bason and her daughter Heather Bason, and Georgia Amparano and her daughter Myra Amparano.
Graduating siblings included David “Robbie” Brown and his sister Cynthia “Kay” Brown and brothers Nathan and Samuel Henning.
“Taking classes at home saved us a lot of money, and the faculty at Mesalands has been very helpful,” said Samuel Hennig. Both are graduates of Tucumcari High School.
The brothers will continue their education at Eastern New Mexico University this fall. Nathan (2002 THS grad) will pursue a degree in elementary education and Samuel (2004 THS grad) plans to study secondary education. Both said their credits transferred with no problem.
The Hennig brothers started their college education by enrolling in MCC’s concurrent study program while they were students at THS.
“It seemed like the logical thing to do, with the college right next door,” said Nathan.