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Graduation 2021

2021 Commencement Ceremony Videos

Thousands of students graduated in May and received their high school diplomas on the way to their next stretch of life’s journey. Our hope is that we prepared them well. Our wish is that they enjoyed the ride. Our dream is that they are successful and happy, that they are lifelong learners, that they look back with fond memories of their days in APS. (Select a school below to watch the 2021 Commencement Ceremony.)


A special thank you to the non-profit group, MaskUp New Mexico, for making a special mask using one of the class colors, "2021" ironed on the side of each mask, and the inclusion of a heartfelt note for each graduating senior. MaskUp New Mexico made the masks by donating hours and hours of volunteer time and materials. We are thankful for their support of APS graduates.

Earning a Diploma

To earn a New Mexico high school diploma, students are expected to:

  • Complete 25 credits; and
  • Demonstrate competency in the five areas of reading, math, writing, science and social studies.

All seniors should meet with their school counselor to make sure they are on track to graduate.

Demonstration of Competency for Graduation

By state law, in order to graduate with a New Mexico Public School diploma, students must demonstrate competency in the five areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Visit the Demonstration of Competency page for Graduation 2021 to download the form.

Credit Requirements

Required courses and credits are based on the year a student entered high school as a 9th grader for the first time. Ninth grade starting year determines the student’s Graduation Standard Year (GSY).

Students entering high school as freshmen in 2009 and later must have 25 units to include:

  • English: 4 Units
  • Math: 4 Units. One unit must be Algebra II or higher.
  • Science: 3 Units
  • Social Studies: 3-1/2 Units. Selected from:
    • United States History and Geography: 1 Unit
    • World History and Geography: 1 Unit
    • Government: 1/2 Unit
    • Economics: 1/2 Unit
    • New Mexico History: 1/2 Unit
  • Health: 1/2 Unit
  • Physical Education: 1 Unit
  • Career or Workplace Readiness or Language other than English: 1 Unit. Selected from:
    • Language other than English
    • Business Management and Finance
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Automotive Technologies
    • Culinary Arts
    • Manufacturing and Construction Trades
    • Technology / Media Technologies
    • Computer Science
    • The Arts:
      • Music
      • Visual Arts
      • Drama
      • Yearbook or Newspaper
  • Electives: 8 Units

At least 1 of the required units listed above must be an Honors or Advanced Placement course, a Dual Enrollment, or online (distance learning) course.


District Imaging and Archive Center (DIAC) provides High School transcripts for alumni students who have attended APS.

Find out how to request a high school transcript or education verification.

2021 Graduation Schedule

Comprehensive Schedule

Comprehensive high schools will hold ceremonies the week of May 10, 2021 at Nusenda Community Stadium.

  • Monday, May 10
    • 10:30 a.m.: Atrisco Heritage Academy
    • 2:30 p.m.: Valley High
  • Tuesday, May 11
    • 10:30 a.m.: eCademy
    • 2:30 p.m.: Del Norte High
    • 6:30 p.m.: La Cueva High
  • Wednesday, May 12
    • 10:30 a.m.: Manzano
    • 2:30 p.m.: Rio Grande High
  • Thursday, May 13
    • 10:30 a.m.: Eldorado High
    • 2:30 p.m.: Highland High
  • Friday, May 14
    • 10:30 a.m.: Volcano Vista High
    • 2:30 p.m.: Albuquerque High
  • Saturday, May 15
    • 10:30 a.m.: West Mesa High
    • 2:30 p.m.: Sandia High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Cibola High

Magnet School Schedule

APS Magnet School ceremonies will take place at the Civic Plaza, unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday, April 28
    • College & Career High, 2:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, May 10
    • 12:30 p.m.: New Futures
    • 4:30 p.m.: Transition Services
  • Tuesday, May 11
    • 10:30 a.m.: eCADEMY (ceremony at Nusenda Community Stadium)
    • 2:30 p.m.: Freedom
    • 6:30 p.m.: School on Wheels
  • Wednesday, May 12
    • 1:30 p.m.: nex+Gen
    • 5:30 p.m.: Early College Academy

Summer School Schedule

Summer school graduation will be announced upon the confirmation of date, time, and venue.

Class of 2020 Ceremonies

Watch the graduation ceremony videos from the 2020 ceremonies. 

Graduation Video Archives

To request a graduation video from the Class of 2013 to the Class of 2019, please email