The link above is an in depth explanation of our Preferred Name Rule here at NMSU.
The Preferred Name Rule is a strategy and set of procedures to allow students, faculty, and staff to represent their first name as they see fit. One’s preferred name will essentially be used in lieu of a individual’s legal first name on unofficial documents. This will include such forms of identification as email display name, canvas, student ID’s, phone book, and on class rosters. Only when it is time for final grades will the student’s legal first name be generated for instructors to avoid confusion, disruption, and possible prejudice in the classroom.
One can change their preferred name using the “Update Preferred Name” link under personal information on Banner.