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Graduation 2021

Find out about graduation commencement schedules, graduation requirements, exit exam requirements and alternatives, and credit requirements.

Congratulations Class of 2021!

Thousands of students will graduate in May of 2021 and receive their high school diplomas on their way to the next stretch of life’s journey. Our hope is that we prepared them well. Our wish is that they enjoyed the ride. Our prayer is that they are successful and happy, that they are lifelong learners, that they look back with fond memories of their days in Albuquerque Public Schools. Go on and make us all proud, Class of 2021!

The pandemic may impact the number of guests and some graduation traditions. Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 were held virtually in accordance with public health orders.

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.

Graduation 2021

2021 Graduation Schedule

Comprehensive Schedule

Commencement high schools will hold ceremonies the week of May 10, 2021 at their schools.

  • Monday, May 10
    • 2:30 p.m.: Valley High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Atrisco Heritage Academy
  • Tuesday, May 11
    • 2:30 p.m.: Del Norte High
    • 6:30 p.m.: La Cueva High
  • Wednesday, May 12
    • 2:30 p.m.: Rio Grande High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Manzano High
  • Thursday, May 13
    • 2:30 p.m.: Highland High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Eldorado High
  • Friday, May 14
    • 2:30 p.m.: Albuquerque High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Volcano Vista 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 are set to take place the week of May 10, 2021 at the Berna Facio Professional Development Complex.

  • Wednesday, April 28
    • 2:30 p.m.: College & Career High
  • Thursday, May 6
    • 4:00 p.m.: Career Enrichment Center Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • Monday, May 10
    • 12:30 p.m.: New Futures
    • 4:30 p.m.: Transition Services
  • Tuesday, May 11
    • 10:30 a.m.: eCADEMY
    • 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 .