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Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2021

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu

Graduation Ceremony Video


Return here at the time and date of the ceremony to watch the live stream

Graduation Details

Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albuquerque Civic Plaza
  • Class Motto“We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Andre Gide
  • Class Song: Best Day of My Life - American Authors
  • Class Flower: Lily

Commencement Program

  • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Sienna Santiago - New Futures Graduate (English)
    • Celeste Escoto - New Futures Teacher (Spanish)
  • Welcome: Michelle Martinez - New Futures School Principal
  • Honored Guests
    • Dr. Antonio Gonzales - Associate Superintendent, Leadership and Learning Zone 2
    • Barbara Petersen - APS Board of Education
    • Scott Elder - Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent
  • Introduction of Senior Speakers: Cristin Calhoun - Dean of Students
    • Faith Tice
    • Baylee Thach
    • Myron Dechilly
    • Francesca Miles
  • Recognition of New Futures Honors Recipients: Tristan Chavez - Teacher Leader Facilitator
    • Ashlee Ferraro
    • Francesca Miles
    • Anajanette Pena
    • Aaliyah Taylor
  • Certification of Diplomas: Barbara Petersen - APS Board of Education
  • Presentation of Diplomas
    • Michelle Martinez - New Futures School Principal
    • Dr. Antonio Gonzales - Associate Superintendent, Leadership and Learning Zone 2
    • Barbara Petersen - APS Board of Education
    • Scott Elder - Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent

New Futures Class of 2021 Graduates

  • Teleah Cheromiah
  • Myron Dechilly
  • *Ashlee Ferraro
  • Robyn John
  • Tamara Kline
  • *Francesca Miles
  • *Anajanette Pena
  • Sienna Santiago
  • *Aaliyah Taylor
  • Kayley Tewahaftewa
  • Baylee Thach
  • Faith Tice
  • Mirella Winstead

*Honors: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above

Attending the Ceremony

  • Graduates will be limited to four (4) guests each*
  • Each guest will be required to have an admission wristband to enter the Nusenda Community Stadium or Albuquerque Civic Plaza (admission wristbands will be distributed to graduating seniors by each graduate's school)
  • Masks or cloth-face coverings are required by all attending or participating in the ceremony.

*If Bernillo County moves back into Yellow Level Restrictions, Graduates will be limited to two (2) guests each.

Viewing Alternatives 

Those unable to attend ceremonies will be provided with viewing options.  Ceremonies will be live-streamed along with being recorded and posted to the district's graduation webpage for future viewing.  Information for accessing live stream ceremonies and recordings of ceremonies is available on the district's graduation webpage.