Ramakrishna and Ammu Devasthali receive honorary degrees

Ramakrishna and Ammu Devasthali, who have made a name for themselves within the art and medical communities, were honored with honorary degrees during the fall 2018 commencement ceremony. Rama received an honorary doctorate of science, and Ammu received an honorary doctorate of fine arts. 

Rama, a radiologist, became the first fellowship trained neuroradiologist in Las Cruces and was the first to bring multi-slice CT and Digital mammography to the area. He currently serves on the board of KRWG in Las Cruces. Ammu earned two master’s degrees from NMSU and now serves as an NMSU regent after being appointed to the position in February 2019.

The duo established two endowments at NMSU, one for KRWG-FM and another in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Both are active in fundraising for the arts at NMSU and were very involved in helping pass the GO Bond and raising private money to support the construction of what will be Devasthali Hall, NMSU’s new Department of Art and Art Museum on University Avenue. 

Melissa Rutter ’17

Ramakrishna and Ammu Devasthali receive their honorary degrees from President John Floros and Chancellor Dan Arvizu.