Graduation 2024

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

2024 Commencement Ceremony

Thousands of students will walk across the stage in May of 2024 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, and that they look back with fond memories of their days in Albuquerque Public Schools. Go on and make us all proud, Class of 2024!

2024 Graduation Ceremonies

As graduation ceremony recordings become available, videos will be added to the Class of 2024 graduation page.

Class of 2024 Graduation Ceremonies

2024 High School Graduation Schedule

The comprehensive high school graduations will be held during the week of May 20 through May 24, 2024.

Graduations at Tingley Coliseum 

  • Monday, May 20: Albuquerque High at 9:30 a.m., Rio Grande at 2:00 p.m., La Cueva at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 21: Volcano Vista at 9:30 a.m., eCademy at 2:00 p.m., Manzano at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22: Cibola at 9:30 a.m., Highland at 2:00 p.m., Eldorado at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 23: Atrisco Heritage at 9:30 a.m., Del Norte at 2:00 p.m., West Mesa at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24: Sandia at 9:30 a.m., Valley at 2:00 p.m.

Graduations at Berna Facio

  • Friday, April 26: College & Career HS at 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 20: Nex+Gen at 11:00 a.m., ECA at 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21: Transition Services at 11:00 a.m., School on Wheels at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22:  New Futures at 11:00 a.m., Freedom at 3:00 p.m.

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 form for Graduation 2023.

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 an online (distance learning) course.

*Students entering high school as freshmen in 2025 will have new credit requirements.

APS Graduate Profiles

Learn about the students graduating from APS High Schools this year.

Transcripts

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 Video Archives

To request a graduation video from the Class of 2013 to the Class of 2017, visit our archived graduation playlist. Please email communityrelations@aps.edu if you run into any issues accessing our archive.