Released: December 1, 2021
There are 336 graduates who will be awarded credentials, a 40 percent increase from Fall 2020.
Santa Fe Community College announces that Lillian Montoya, president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Regional Center, will address graduates during the Fall Virtual Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. While graduates won’t be on campus, they will be celebrated as their names and awards are announced during a livestream on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXVPmYoZT70 and on SFCVTV-16 on Comcast. The virtual ceremony will honor graduates who completed either in the summer term or fall semester.
Montoya is the hospital’s first female CEO since the original Sisters of Charity founded the hospital in 1865. Prior to becoming CEO, she served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer. During her tenure, CHRISTUS St. Vincent has earned a Best Place to Work recognition for three successive years, earned a Five Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and became part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network of hospitals for its commitment to quality, safety, associate engagement, and patient experience.
President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. said, “We’re excited to have Lillian Montoya address our graduates during our virtual commencement. As the president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, she knows the vital role our graduates serve in our community. I’m so pleased that we’ve had a significant increase in graduates this year. SFCC is proud of every single graduate. I would especially like to recognize the graduates in the health care programs, many of whom served on the front lines during the pandemic.”
Rowley added, “I also extend my gratitude to the faculty and staff who’ve helped our graduates attain their goals. It’s been a challenging time, but they’ve all met the challenge with their determination and commitment to student success.”
In addition to the live broadcast, Santa Fe Community Television (SFCTV-16 on Comcast) will re-broadcast the Virtual Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14; 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17; and at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.
SFCC 2021 Summer/Fall Graduation Fast Facts
Please note: This data is derived from those students who’ve applied to graduate either during the 2021 summer term or at the end of the Fall semester.
336 SFCC graduates are eligible to receive 372 awards. 35 students will receive more than one award. Of those awards: 219 are for certificates and 153 are for associate degrees.
Significant to note: Total awards are up 42 percent from 2020 Summer/Fall.
Distinct number of graduates is up 40 percent from 2020 Summer/Fall.
- 58.9 percent are from Santa Fe; 9.8 percent from Albuquerque; 4.2 percent from Rio Rancho; 2.4 percent from Española; 2.1 percent from Las Vegas and 1.2 percent each from Anthony, Los Alamos, and Santa Cruz. The remaining graduates are from 47 communities around the state (ranging from Alamogordo to Zia Pueblo) with the highest concentration from Northern New Mexico. Four additional states are represented by seven students: California (2), Colorado (2), Pennsylvania (1), and Texas (2).
- Graduates range in age from 17 to 71.
- More than half (60.4 percent) self-identify as Latino/Hispanic, and 3.3 percent identify themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native.
- 10 graduates identify themselves as military veterans, military spouses, or dependents of military veterans.
- One Associate in Applied Science is being awarded for the first time at the college: Massage Therapy, A.A.S. (3)
- Two certificates are being given for the first time at the college: Engineering Machining Technologies Certificate (2) and Massage Therapy Certificate (5).
- The highest number of awards are in: Certificates: Secondary Education, Teacher Education Certification (7-12) (25), Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Certificate (19). Associate degrees: Nursing, A.A.S. (21) and Respiratory Care, A.A.S (13).
- The associate degrees to be awarded include Associate in Arts (53) and Associate in Science (5), Associate in Applied Arts (1), and Associate in Applied Science (94).
Please note: Data is from November 30, 2021.
For more than 35 years, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological, and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is a designated Best for Vets and Military Friendly school. The college serves more than 12,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult programs. For further information, visit sfcc.edu or call 505-428-1000. Follow us: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.