Carrie Billy (Diné), president and CEO of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), returned home to the Navajo Nation to deliver the keynote address at Navajo Technical University’s (NTU’s) winter commencement. The ceremony took place Friday, December 9, at NTU’s main campus in Crownpoint.
The university conferred nearly 120 certificates and degrees, including eight baccalaureates and one master’s degree. The rapid growth of NTU’s program development and enrollment has necessitated commencement ceremonies following both the fall and spring semesters.
Billy lauded NTU for it’s growth and development: “I remember when this was Crownpoint Institute of Technology and the buildings were splitting at the seams.” She went on to commend NTU president Elmer Guy for his leadership, underscoring how NTU is now a full scale university that offers multiple bachelor’s and master’s degrees. “Stand up and be proud,” Billy stated. “And return home and give back to your community.”