Graduates and family members packed Otero Junior College's McDivitt Center Saturday morning for commencement ceremonies, the 74th graduation since the college was founded in 1941.

Graduates and family members packed Otero Junior College's McDivitt Center Saturday morning for commencement ceremonies, the 74th graduation since the college was founded in 1941.

OJC President Jim Rizzuto, who has been part of 17 OJC graduations, opened the commencement by congratulating students in attendance as well as those who graduated in the days prior from the police academy and nursing school.

Speakers for this year's commencement included a variety of students from the class of 2016. First, Delaney Gaddis, president of OJC's Associated Student Government, addressed the student body. Following that, international students Amber Wolffe (Bermuda), Chelsea Hurren (England) and Elin Ekdahl (Sweden), shared their memories and thanks from their time at OJC. The final speaker was nontraditional student, Israel Harris, who provided a message of hope and perseverance to the audience.

In total, 12 students graduated Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA), the highest honor bestowed to graduating sophomores. Sixteen students graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.78-3.99 GPA) and 30 Cum Laude (3.5-3.77 GPA).

Twenty-five students were named to "Who's Who Among Students In American Junior Colleges." The honor is based on academic excellence, campus involvement and community service.