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ABQ high schools celebrate in-person graduations

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Scott Elder shakes the hand of a Class of 2022 graduate. (Photo courtesy of Albuquerque Public Schools)

Graduation week is like a holiday season for Albuquerque Public Schools staff. This year, the best present is getting to celebrate in person.

After two years of graduation ceremonies being limited to virtual or outdoor events by the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors will once again be able to walk in person to receive their high school diplomas this year. Most graduation ceremonies happen this week.

For larger schools, like Valley, La Cueva, and Eldorado high schools, ceremonies will be held at Tingley Coliseum, located at Expo New Mexico, or the state fairgrounds.

The district will hold two to three ceremonies per day at the coliseum Monday through Saturday. The ceremonies will happen at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with two happening at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

Officials said smaller ceremonies, like for New Futures and Freedom high schools students, will take place at the Berna Facio Professional Development Complex at 3315 Louisiana NE.

One to two will be held from Monday through Thursday at the professional development center.

College and Career High School seniors graduated before everyone else, on April 29.

APS said its graduation rate has steadily gone up for the last seven graduating classes, improving from the Class of 2015’s 61.7% to 75.7% for the Class of 2021. When excluding charter schools, over which APS said it has “limited academic control,” the rate in 2021 is an “unprecedented” 80.3%.

“That’s because (of) the efforts of the people at the schools,” said Superintendent Scott Elder in a video posted to the APS website. “The families are buying in and they’re saying, ‘No, I want my kid to graduate.’ They recognize that it makes a difference in their future life and it’s just so important. And so I’m really pleased to get here and I hope we continue to improve.”

APS spokeswoman Monica Armenta said the district doesn’t yet have a graduation rate for the Class of 2022. Some students will earn their diplomas over the summer after completing recovering credits, Elder said.

APS graduations at Tingley Coliseum
Tuesday, May 10: Atrisco Heritage Academy at 2:30 p.m.; Del Norte at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11: eCADEMY at 10:30 a.m.; La Cueva at 2:30 p.m.; Rio Grande at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12: Manzano at 2:30 p.m.; Highland at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13: Eldorado at 2:30 p.m.; Albuquerque High at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 14: Volcano Vista at 10:30 a.m.; West Mesa at 2:30 p.m.; Sandia at 6:30 p.m.

Graduations at Berna Facio
Tuesday, May 10: Freedom at 2:30 p.m.; School on Wheels at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11: nex+Gen Academy at 1:30 p.m.; Early College Academy at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12: Career Enrichment Center Nurse Pinning Ceremony at 6 p.m.

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