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Graduation 2023

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

2023 Commencement Ceremony

Thousands of students will walk across the stage in May of 2023 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 2023!

2023 Graduation Ceremonies

As graduation ceremony recordings become available, videos will be added to the Class of 2023 graduation page.

Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremonies

2023 High School Graduation Schedule

The comprehensive high school graduations will be held during the week of May 15 through May 20, 2023.

Graduations at Tingley Coliseum 

  • Monday, May 15: Manzano at 2 p.m., Volcano Vista at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 16: Highland at 9:30 a.m., Eldorado at 2 p.m.; Cibola at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17: West Mesa at 9:30 a.m., Del Norte at 2 p.m., Atrisco Heritage at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 18: eCademy at 9:30 a.m., Valley at 2 p.m., Albuquerque High at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 19: Rio Grande at 9:30 a.m., La Cueva at 2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 20: Sandia at 11 a.m. 

Graduations at Berna Facio

  • Friday, April 28: College & Career at 2:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, May 15: New Futures at 11 a.m., Transition Services at 3 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 16: School on Wheels at 11 a.m., Early College Academy at 3 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, May 17: Freedom at 11 a.m., nex+Gen at 3 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.

APS Graduate Profiles

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


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 if you run into any issues accessing our archive.