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Rio Grande High School

Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2021

"We didn't realize we were making memories, we thought we were just having fun."

Graduation Ceremony Video

Graduation Details

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Nusenda Community Stadium 
  • Class Flower:  Osiria Rose
  • Class Song: Best Day of My Life - American Authors
  • Class Sponsors: Cassandra Good & Harvey Stuckey

Commencement Program

  • Graduation Master of Ceremony - Leslie Jackson
  • Name Reader - Renato Estacio
  • Valedictorian - Adamaris Mendoza
  • Salutatorian - Ellis G. Mata Jurado
  • Student Body Vice President - Isabella Montoya
  • Senior Class President - Melannie Hernandez
  • Senior Class Vice President - Esperanza Rios
  • Senior Class Secretary - Amanda Torres
  • Senior Sergeant of Arms - Tyler Chavez
  • Bilingual Speaker - Maria Lamas Valdez

Graduating Class of 2021

  • Ingrid Sarahi Adame
  • Lolita Carolina Aguilar
  • A J Arath Amezcua
  • Yoselin Aguilera Luna
  • Julianna Doreen Aguirre
  • Alejandro Alire Marquez
  • Jesse James Marquez
  • Christopher David Alvarado
  • Elias Alvidrez
  • Alexandra Andrade Landeros
  • Marisa Consuelo Apodaca
  • Aron Apodaca Cardenas
  • Isabella Karina Archibeque
  • Daniel Arredondo
  • Roy Joseph Tanner
  • Prisila Angelica Arredondo Torres
  • Renee Arianna Arroyo
  • Valeria Arroyo Lopez
  • Juan Rey Avila
  • Bamdian Jasiel Avila Duenas
  • Sabestian G Ayinn
  • Jamayka Mae Tweeten Baarde*
  • Ariana Renae Baca
  • Melanie Ann Baca
  • Ruben Demetrio Baca
  • Angelica Catalina Baldonado
  • Luis Alberto Banda
  • Mia Nichole Barela
  • Abigail Barrera*
  • Johan Humberto Barrera Garcia
  • Brisa Gabriela Batista Ortiz
  • Esmeralda Batista Ramirez
  • Deandra Camille Begay
  • Natalia Guadalupe Beltran Salcido
  • Ellena Renne Benavidez
  • Emanuel Bermudez
  • Huber Bojorquez
  • Jermaine Brown
  • Xavria Angelie Buchanan
  • Matthew Scott Burlison
  • Paola Lizeth Calderon
  • Anthony Isaiah Caldwell
  • Michael Lane-Riley Call
  • Brenda Cecilia Cano Granados
  • Maria Luisa Cardenas Vazquez
  • Lizbeth Cardoza
  • Cassandra Carmona
  • Sonya Aracely Caro
  • Joaquin Carrera
  • Juan Gabino Carrillo
  • Mirka Odalys Carrillo
  • Angie Guadalupe Carrion
  • Abril Carta
  • Jose Angel Castaneda
  • Manuel Angel Castaneda Moreno
  • Monique Nicole Castillo
  • Sebastian Isaiah Castillo
  • Jose T Ceniceros Jr
  • Jordan Amilcar Chacon
  • Yaquelyne Chacon
  • Celeste Monique Chavez
  • Diamond Alexandra Chavez
  • Elijah Lawrence Chavez
  • Jorge Luis Chavez
  • Joshua Christopher Chavez
  • Miguel Angel Cisneros
  • Denilson Orel Cisneros Vallejo
  • Braiden N Daugherty-Kelly
  • Isaiah De La Rosa
  • Javier Delgado-Chavez
  • Yoselin Diaz-Bilbao
  • Anthony John Michael Dimas
  • Raul Phillip Dominguez
  • Miguel Angel Dominguez Campos
  • Eduardo Raul Enriquez Vega
  • Fernando Antonio Escarcega-Suarez
  • Miliani Aislinn Amelia Felix
  • Jayme Marissa Fernandez
  • Jovanna Dominique Ferraiolo
  • Christopher Damien Fileto
  • Litzy Rocio Flores Martinez
  • Marangeline Estrella Franco
  • Orlando R Gallegos
  • Querida Christine Gallegos
  • Jaqueline Gallegos Alcala
  • Anthony Jonathan Garcia
  • Brianna Anahi Garcia
  • Haven Marie Garcia
  • Hope Desiree Garcia
  • Jacob Adam Garcia
  • Jeremy Jesse Garcia
  • Makayla Marie Garcia
  • Reynaldo Jr Garcia
  • Stephanye Garcia Montes
  • Tiffany Garcia Montes
  • Trent Xavier Garduno
  • Soluna Gabriella Garvalena
  • Christian Valentin Gaucin
  • Miranda Jennifer Valerie Gonzales
  • Desiree Gonzalez*
  • Freddy Gonzalez
  • Juliana Michelle Gonzalez
  • Josue Gonzalez Rios
  • Jocelyn Miranda Griego
  • Fernando Gadiel Guerrero De La Rosa
  • Analiya Alexia Gurule
  • Alexis Gutierrez
  • Jacob Andres Gutierrez
  • Jazlin D Gutierrez
  • Brianna Loraine Hernandez
  • Christian Hernandez
  • Rodrigo Hernandez
  • Araceli Anahi Hernandez Garcia
  • Alondra Huizar
  • Alan Agustin Jimenez
  • Taylor Marie Jones*
  • Martin Estevan Juarez
  • Milagros Guadalupe Jurado
  • Jeny Lerma Escarcega
  • Logan Nathanial Lippert
  • Wendy Jeanette Loera Luna
  • Alazae Diamond Lopez
  • Brenda Callia Lopez
  • Briana Lopez
  • Carlos Angel Lopez III
  • Drake Lee James Lopez
  • Estrella Almelia Lopez
  • Felix Lopez-Correa
  • Avery Ann Lovato
  • Ashley Abigail Lozano*
  • Lizbet Lozano Vasquez*
  • Edgar Ray Lucero
  • Daniela Lujan
  • Karina Renee Marez
  • Dania Vianey Marquez
  • Jesse James Marquez
  • Jesse James Marquez (Escort)
  • Willow Rose Marquez
  • Obed Alejandro Marquez Estrada
  • Juliana Lumina Marrufo
  • Adilene Martinez
  • Severo Marciano Martinez
  • Savana Nicole Martinez-King
  • Soriana Medina Ochoa
  • Alexandro Gael Medrano
  • Enrique Mendez
  • Davianna Azucena Mendoza
  • Marissa Monique Mirabal
  • Phillip Ray Mirabal-Coyner
  • Kimberly Ann Mitchell
  • Monica Marlene Molina
  • Cesar Gerardo Montelongo Carreon
  • David Omar Montes Santos
  • Luis Angel Montes Santos
  • Luis Mario Moreno
  • Juan Enrique Moreno Chavez
  • Emilio Frank Moya
  • Emily Naomi Moya
  • Arely Noemi Munoz
  • Brianna Munoz
  • Daniel Nava Abrego
  • Marissa Ellianna Neel
  • Megan Neri
  • Johnathan J Orozco
  • Marcus Fabian Ortiz
  • Gabriel Edward Padilla
  • Isabella Marie Padilla
  • Marianna G Padilla
  • Arturo Parra
  • Yamalet Merlen Pena
  • Miguel Angel Perea
  • Miguel Angel Perea Talamantes
  • Jazmine Marie Samantha Peres
  • Bryan Perez Aguilar
  • Lilliah Saundree Pirkle
  • Linet Andrea Prieto*
  • Kristina Marie Rael
  • Deven Venkat Raman
  • Brian Alexis Ramirez
  • Juan Hernan Ramirez
  • Luis Osvaldo Ramirez Payan
  • Zaira Guadalupe Ramos Holguin
  • Zeidy Jared Ramos Holguin
  • Jose Luis Reyes
  • Francisco Miguel Rimbert
  • Lexus J Rivas
  • Alyssa M Rivera
  • Breanna Jolene Rivera
  • Briana Monet Rodriguez
  • Isabel Rodriguez
  • Erick Alejandro Rodriguez Diaz
  • Jesus David Rodriguez Dominguez
  • Abigail Rodriguez Quiroz
  • Kyle Gene Romero*
  • Trinity Veronica Saavedra
  • Ramon Ariel Saenz
  • Stephen Dominic Saiz
  • Isaahi Santiago Salas
  • Angelina Monee Sanchez
  • Isabelle Alyse Sanchez
  • Anjelina Jacqueline Sanchez-Cruz
  • Marlene Elizabeth Sanchez-Prizzi
  • Marisella Joleen Sandoval
  • Jathziry Yaquelin Sandoval Cervantes
  • Jude Sena
  • Alexandra G Serbin
  • Destiny Ines Silos Mesillas
  • Carmen Siordia
  • Jessica Guadalupe Solorzano
  • Ixsy Soto
  • Ruby Cristina Soto
  • Amely Annette Teran
  • Gema Guadalupe Tovar
  • Reinalee Nubia Trejo
  • Logan Bryce Trujillo
  • Angel Valenzuela
  • Jesus Adan Vargas
  • Maribel Vazquez Quintana
  • Marlen Aiday Vega Dominguez
  • Yamilett Villa Castro
  • Maria Auxilio Lamas Valdez
  • Tyler Jacob Chavez
  • Amanda A. Torres
  • Isabella Antoinette Montoya
  • Esperanze Sierra Rios
  • Melannie Patricia Hernandez
  • Ellis Giordano Mata Jurado*
  • Adamaris Mendoza*

(*) Denotes Top Ten Graduate

Honor Cord & Stole Color Guide

  • Gold Stole - Top Ten Student
  • Gold Cord - Art
  • Light Blue Cord - AP Calculus
  • Peacock Blue & White Cord - AP Government
  • White Cord - AP Spanish
  • Kelly Green Cord - AP Statistics
  • Purple Cord - AP World History
  • Apricot Cord - Culinary Arts
  • White Stole - AVID
  • Navy Blue & Gold Twisted Cord - Drama
  • Navy Blue & Gold Cord - National Honor Society
  • Royal Blue & Red Cord - JAG
  • Multi Color Stole - MECHA
  • Light Pink Cord - Music
  • Dusty Rose Cord - Photography
  • Red, Turquoise & Gold Cord - Senate

Acknowledgments 

APS Board of Education

  • Dr. David Peercy - President
  • Lorenzo Garcia - Vice President
  • Yolan da Montoya-Cordova - Secretary
  • Peggy Muller‐Aragón
  • Barbara Petersen
  • Candelaria Patterson
  • Elizabeth Armijo

APS Leadership Team

  • Scott Elder - Superintendent
  • Gene Saaved - Interim Associate Superintendent, Zone 1
  • Dr. Antonio Gonzales - Associate Superintendent, Zone 2
  • Amanda DeBell - Interim Associate Superintendent, Zone 3
  • Troy Hughes - Associate Superintendent, Zone 4
  • Stephanie Fascitelli - Interim Associate Superintendent, Special Education
  • Dr. Madelyn Serna Mármol - Associate Superintendent, Equity, Instruction
  • Tami Coleman - Chief Financial Officer
  • Todd Torgerson - Chief of Human Resources and Legal Services
  • Dr. Richard Bowman - Chief Information and Strategy Officer
  • Dr. Gabriella Blakey - Interim Chief Operations Officer
  • Yvonne Garcia - Chief of Schools
  • Brenda Yager - Executive Director of Board of Education Services
  • Monica Armenta - Executive Director of Communications
  • Steve Gallegos - Chief of School Police
  • Shannon Barnhill - Executive Director of APS Education Foundation
  • Shelly Green - Executive Director of the APS Service Center
  • Julianne Hix - Executive Director of Budget and Strategic Planning
  • Aimee Milazzo - Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Shellmarie Harris - Executive Director of Educational Technology
  • Valerie Hoose - Executive Director of Labor Relations
  • John Dufay -  Executive Director of Maintenance and Operations
  • Dr. Kristine Meurer - Executive Director of Student, Family and Community Supports
  • Penelope Buschardt - Executive Director of Title I
  • Francesca Verploegh - Senior Director of Office of Innovation
  • Johanna King - Director of Communications

Rio Grande High School Leadership Team

  • Antoinette Valenzuela - Principal
  • Jenna Bludworth - Assistant Principal
  • Benjamin Garcia - Assistant Principal
  • Thomas Piper - Assistant Principal
  • Jennifer Blea - Dean of Restorative Practices
  • Christal Reid - Dean of School Culture
  • Pete Pino - Athletics Director
  • Leslie Jackson - Activities Director
  • Melanie Telles - Community School Liaison

Rio Grande High School Marine Corps JROTC

The color guard is under the direction of Master Sergeant Phil Carter. The Colors are presented by

  • National Colors Cadet Sergeant Joaquin Martinez
  • Marine Corps Colors Cadet Corporal Josseline Ruiz
  • Left Rifle Cadet Corporal Kimberly Carrasco
  • Right Rifle Cadet Lance Corporal Leonah Gonzales

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.