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Class of 2020 graduation requirements, commencements, and celebrations.

Class of 2020 GraduationVirtual Commencements

The more traditional graduation ceremonies are scheduled to go live at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28.

The virtual commencements will follow a more traditional format. The names of graduates will be announced, accompanied by a personalized visual message. Student speeches will be delivered, and schools have the choice of including a graduation procession.

Class of 2020 Senior Celebrations

Each Senior Celebration video is personalized for APS’s 13 comprehensive and 8 magnet high schools, mixing celebrity shouts outs with photographs and videos of students. Among those featured in the videos are New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, actors Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris, and athletes Alex Bregman and Devon Sandoval.

Watch the Class of 2020 Senior Celebrations Videos on YouTube.

Graduation Requirements for Class of 2020

Seniors Who Were Passing as of April 8

  • Instruction will continue to be delivered and meaningful feedback provided instead of assignment grades.
  • Students will work with their teachers and counselors on a graduation plan.
  • Students need to complete an online Next Steps Plan.
  • Semester grades will be entered as P as students complete the class.

Seniors Who Were Not Passing as of April 8

  • Students will have three options to earn credit:
    1. Students will need to complete a summative assignment from course teacher or
    2. Students need to pass an EOC for the course with a modified passing score or
    3. Students enroll in eCADEMY course (based on limited availability; students should attempt the first two options first).
  • Grades are posted as P (pass) or N (no credit).
  • Students who don't complete one of these three steps will be enrolled in summer school or the 2020-2021 school year to make up missing credits.
  • Students need to complete an online Next Steps Plan.

Why Pass or No Pass?

The decision to move to a “pass” or “no pass” grade for high school students was made with considerable thought and deliberation by district leadership. Cumulative grades will not be impacted positively or negatively by the grading policy.

Students will continue to benefit this semester from weighted credits for AP and honors classes. Class rankings will continue to be calculated in compliance with district procedural directive: "For the purposes of calculating GPA and class rank for seniors, calculation will be made at the end of the seventh semester. The top ten (10) students will be determined at the end of the final semester.”

Many universities across the country have moved to this grading model in response to closures.

FAFSA, College & Career Planning

  • High school college and career counselors will help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Counselors will provide student and family support regarding college and career planning.
  • Counselors will assist students and families with scholarship applications and deadlines, college applications and deadlines, college financial aid letters, letters of reference or any other needs they may have.

High School 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 2019, please email .