Larry Allen receives honorary degree at commencement

Larry Allen, former owner and now consultant for Allen Theatres Inc., was recognized with an honorary doctorate of letters degree during the spring 2019 commencement ceremony.

Larry Allen, center, was presented with an honorary degree from NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu and President John Floros.

Allen Theatres, Inc. has supported NMSU for the past 32 years. The family’s generosity has made its mark on the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, where the box office is named after Larry’s mother, Helen Foutz Allen. The state-of-the-art marquee for the facility also bears the Allen Theatres name to honor the impact of their support. 

He established the Allen Theatres, Inc. Endowed Scholarship in 1993 to benefit students who work with the company. In 2017, Allen Theatres, Inc. contributed a substantial gift to fund the Allen Family Locker Room and provide additional improvements to the NMSU Coca-Cola Weight Training Center. 

Since 2012, Allen has been a member of the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors and served on the NMSU Aggie Athletic Club from 2006 to 2012. 

Melissa Rutter ’17