Graduation 2022

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

2022 Commencement Ceremony

Thousands of students will walk across the stage in May of 2022 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 2022!

The comprehensive high school graduations will be held at Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico (the state fairgrounds). Cibola High School will be the first to graduate at 2:30 p.m on Monday, May 9, 2022. The final class to get its diplomas will be from Sandia High School, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

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 2022.

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.

2022 Graduation Schedule

Comprehensive Schedule

Comprehensive high schools will hold ceremonies the week of May 9, 2022, at Tingley Coliseum.

Monday, May 9

  • 2:30 p.m.: Cibola HS
  • 6:30 p.m.: Valley HS

Tuesday, May 10

  • 2:30 p.m.: Atrisco Heritage Academy
  • 6:30 p.m.: Del Norte HS

Wednesday, May 11

  • 10:30 a.m.: eCademy HS
  • 2:30 p.m.: La Cueva HS
  • 6:30 p.m.: Rio Grande HS

Thursday, May 12

  • 2:30 p.m.: Manzano HS
  • 6:30 p.m.: Highland HS

Friday, May 13

  • 2:30 p.m.: Eldorado HS
  • 6:30 p.m.: Albuquerque HS

Saturday, May 14

  • 10:30 a.m.: Volcano Vista HS
  • 2:30 p.m.: West Mesa HS
  • 6:30 p.m.: Sandia HS

APS Magnet School Schedule

Magnet School ceremonies will take place at the Berna Facio Professional Development Complex.

Friday, April 29

  • 2:30 p.m. College & Career HS

Monday, May 9

  • 12:30 p.m.: New Futures
  • 4:30 p.m.: Transition Services

Tuesday, May 10

  • 2:30 p.m.: Freedom HS
  • 6:30 p.m.: School on Wheels

Wednesday, May 11

  • 1:30 p.m.: nex+Gen
  • 5:30 p.m.: Early College Academy

Thursday, May 12

  • 6 p.m.: Career Enrichment Center Nurse Pinning

Summer School Schedule

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

Graduation Video Archives


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.