Commencement is May 15, 2021. Congratulations, Class of '21! For details, click the banner.

Commencement is May 15, 2021. Congratulations, Class of '21! For details, click the banner.



2021 Commencement Information
New Mexico Highlands University

Graduation Portal Information for Students

Please note: This is not the NMHU Portal 

All students must complete their online portals by April 30, 2021 to participate virtually in this year’s commencement ceremony.

Students will follow the instruction sheet to complete the portal. Students who complete their portal by the established deadline will have their portal approved by the Office of the Registrar based on graduation clearance.

Undergraduate student portal page

Graduate student portal page

Applications for degree will be received throughout the spring 2021 semester. However, to have their names included in the commencement program, students must submit their completed applications for degree to the Office of the Registrar by Friday, March 26, 2021. This deadline is for all students who are scheduled to complete and participate in Commencement and who will be completing their degree requirements by the end of spring or summer 2021. All students who finished their degree requirements in fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020 will be automatically included as cleared.

Commencement information

Commencement will be virtual for all participants. Students and the general public will be provided a link to the ceremony when it becomes available.

Highlands Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Highlands Farmington, and Highlands in Partnership with ENMU-R: Ceremony information is the same as for the main campus.

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. for undergraduates from the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2 p.m. for graduate students from the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021

Online / virtual link will be provided at a later date.

Rehearsal: No rehearsal will be required or provided.

Cap and gown information: – deadline to order regalia is May 7, 2021.

General inquiries and commencement information: (graduate and undergraduate students) or 505-454-3438.

Graduation Etiquette and Honors

NMHU recognizes academic honors at Commencement for students who meet minimum GPA requirements from the end of their most recent completed semester. GPA requirements are between 3.50 and 4.00. A list of students who meet the minimum GPAPhoto of graduate smiling and applaudingrequirements will be submitted to CB GRAD. As applications for degree continue to be received by the Office of the Registrar, the Honors List will be updated weekly with CB Grad. When students contact the company, they will be informed if they are approved to purchase the honor cords.

Other honors
Other honors recognition may take place with other organizations or through academic units. Students may contact the organizations or the academic units for more information.

Legacy cords
Students who have immediate family members (parents or grandparents) who are Highlands graduates will be recognized as legacy students. Students will be provided with information on their student profile pages to indicate if they are legacy students. The cord represents the students continuing the legacy of being HU graduates.

Veterans’ cords
Students who are active military or veterans will be issued a red, white, and blue cord. Students will be provided with information on their student profile page to indicate whether they are veteran students, along with their branches of service.

By tradition, the Commencement ceremony is a formal, dignified event to honor the academic achievement of scholars. To help preserve the decorum of the event, it is requested that graduates and their families exercise etiquette appropriate to the occasion. We ask everyone to observe the following:

Graduate participation and attire
All graduates must be cleared by the Office of the Registrar no later than March 26, 2021 with a complete student profile for the live event. NO late submissions will be allowed to participate in Commencement exercises. All graduates are encouraged to be in full regalia in order to participate. Regalia items will not be sold onsite. Regalia purchases can be completed with

Guest etiquette
Guests should log in at least 15 minutes early to ensure connectivity for the event. Guests will be allowed to participate live via the social media integration aspects of the ceremony. All social media posts will be monitored prior to being streamed. Students and guests shall refrain from posting vulgar or demeaning comments as they will not be published during the event.

Be respectful
Commencement is both a joyous and solemn event. Please express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from enjoying the ceremony.

Cap and gown information:

Las Vegas/Rio Rancho/Albuquerque/Farmington Campus LIVE STREAM: TBD