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Recently, four Native American occupational therapy students graduated from the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program . Their achievements were celebrated in a special ceremony on May 12 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque , New Mexico . The occupational therapy students joined medical, nursing, medical laboratory science, and physical therapy Native American students.

President Mark Chino from the Mescalero Nation was the keynote speaker. Each graduate was given a traditional Pendleton blanket from the UNM Health Sciences Center for Native American Health.

These four Native American 2005 graduates join two Native American students who graduated in 2004, Marie Shije (Zia Pueblo) and Jacqueline Yazzie (Navajo). Another Navajo student, Glennita Haskey, is joining the graduate program this year.

"The University of New Mexico is proud to educate Native American graduate occupational therapy students," said Terry Crowe, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, director of the occupational therapy program.