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


Congratulations Class of 2020!

Thousands of students will walk across the stage in May of 2020 to pick up 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 2020!

The comprehensive high school graduations will be held at Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico (the state fairgrounds). Valley High School will be the first to graduate at 2:30 p.m on Monday, May 11, 2020. The final class to get its diplomas will be from Cibola High School, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

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.

Download the Demonstration of Competency for Graduation 2020 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.

Class of Graduation 2020

2020 Graduation Schedule

Commencement ceremonies will be held the week of May 11, 2020. Come join us in the celebration of our students!

Comprehensive High School Schedule

The following commencement ceremonies will be held at Tingley Coliseum located at 300 San Pedro Drive N.E. in Albuquerque.

  • Monday, May 11
    • 2:30 p.m.: Valley High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Atrisco Heritage Academy
  • Tuesday, May 12
    • 2:30 p.m.: Del Norte High
    • 6:30 p.m.: La Cueva High
  • Wednesday, May 13
    • 10:30 a.m.: Albuquerque High
    • 2:30 p.m.: Rio Grande High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Manzano High
  • Thursday, May 14
    • 2:30 p.m.: Highland High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Eldorado High
  • Friday, May 15
    • 6:30 p.m.: Volcano Vista High
  • Saturday, May 16
    • 10:30 a.m.: West Mesa High
    • 2:30 p.m.: Sandia High
    • 6:30 p.m.: Cibola High

Magnet School Schedule

  • Friday, May 1
    Tingley Coliseum
    • 4:00 p.m.: College & Career High School

The following commencement ceremonies will be held at the Berna Facio Professional Development Complex located at 3315 Louisiana Boulevard N.E. in Albuquerque.

  • Thursday, May 7
    • 5:30 p.m.: Career Enrichment Center Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • Monday, May 11
    • 12:30 p.m.: New Futures High
    • 4:30 p.m.: Transition Services
  • Tuesday, May 12
    • 10:30 a.m.: eCADEMY High
    • 2:30 p.m.: Freedom High
    • 6:30 p.m.: School on Wheels
  • Wednesday, May 13
    • 1:30 p.m.: nex+Gen Academy
    • 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 2019 Ceremonies

Watch the graduation ceremony videos from the 2019 ceremonies.