COVID-19 information

COVID-19 information


Applications for degree will be received throughout the Spring 2020 semester. However, to have your name included in the commencement program, students must submit their completed applications for degree to the Office of the Registrar by Monday, March 16th, 2020.

Main Campus Commencement Information

Join our live Commencement feed.
Instructions for using Zoom feed.

Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Photo of graduate smiling and applauding2 p.m.
Student check-in begins at 12:30 p.m.
Line-up starts at 1:30 p.m.
John A. Wilson Complex
Las Vegas, NM 87701

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 3 p.m.
John A. Wilson Complex
Las Vegas, NM 87701
(BBQ for graduates & families will follow on the main campus)

John A. Wilson Complex map

Cap and gown information:
General inquiries and commencement information:
Email: (graduate & undergraduate students) or 505-454-3233

Highlands Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Commencement
Join our live Commencement feed.
Instructions for using Zoom feed.

Diné president speaks to graduating studentsThursday, May 7, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Pictures : 3:30-5 p.m.
Line-up starts at 5 p.m.
No rehearsal



Santa Ana Star Center
3001 Civic Center
Rio Rancho, NM  87144


Cap and gown information:

General inquiries and commencement information:
Loretta Garcia 505-891-6913
Joe Moreno (505) 891-6914
Instructions for live webcast- Albuquerque/Rio Rancho 

Highlands Farmington Center

Saturday, May 16, 2019Photo of graduate's family cheering and taking photos in the audience.
Ceremony: 9 a.m.
Line-up starts at 8 a.m.
SJC/Henderson Fine Arts Rooms 9000

San Juan College
4601 San Juan College Blvd.
Farmington, NM  87402

The graduation ceremony is an outdoor two-hour event. Please be prepared to keep yourself hydrated and protected from the sun.
The ceremony will be available online via live stream.
Instructions for live stream

Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2 p.m.
SJC/Learning Commons Plaza
Farmington, NM  87401
Cap and gown information:

General inquiries and commencement information :

Email: or 505-566-3552

Highlands in Partnership with ENMU-R

Photo of Graduate student

Roswell Commencement held on Saturday, May 9th, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Location: Eastern New Mexico-Roswell, Performing Arts Center, 52 University Blvd, Roswell, NM 88203.


Graduation Etiquette and Honors


NMHU recognizes academic honors at commencement for students who meet minimum GPA requirements from end of FALL 2019 semester. GPA requirements are between 3.50 and 4.00. A list of students who meet the minimum GPA requirements 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 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 had immediate family members (parents or grandparents) who are Highlands graduates will receive a purple legacy cord. The cord represents the student continuing the legacy of being a HU graduate. Cords can be picked up during rehearsal or at the time of check in.

Veterans Cords
Students who are active military or veterans will be issued a red, white, and blue cord. Students self-identify during rehearsal or at the time of check-in.

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 Seating and Attire
All graduates must be checked in by the check-in time and must be in line prior to procession. NO late arrivals will be allowed to participate in Commencement exercises. All graduates are required to be in full regalia in order to participate. Regalia items will not be sold on-site. All graduates are required to remain seated for the duration of the ceremony – graduates will need to remain seated until the recessional. All personal items should be left with family or guests during Commencement to avoid losing or breaking anything that has been left on or under the seat, i.e., purses, backpacks, cameras, etc.

Stage Behavior
During the rehearsal, the appropriate way to receive your diploma will be demonstrated. Students are requested to be respectful of the solemnity of the ceremony and refrain from outbursts. Students will not be allowed to take another person, including a child, across the stage. No animal may accompany a graduate unless it is a certified service animal, and with prior approval from the Office of Accessibility Services, (505) 454-3252.

General Guest Seating
The Las Vegas and Rio Rancho/Albuquerque ceremonies have open seating that is available on a first-come/first- served basis. Seats are not allowed to be saved (security will request any reserved seating to be removed at any time prior to and during ceremony). Doors open at noon for the Las Vegas Campus.

Guest Etiquette
Guests should arrive at least 30 minutes early. For safety reasons, guests are to remain seated for the duration of the ceremony. All aisles, passageways, and handicapped seating locations are to be kept open at all times. Guests are not allowed to stand at the railing at any location during any time prior to or during Commencement.

Be Respectful
Commencement is both a joyous and solemn event. Please express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speaker and enjoying the ceremony. Everyone should refrain from throwing anything at any time or anywhere prior to or during Commencement.

Food, Snacks, Drinks
Vendors will be available selling food, snacks and drinks during the Rio Rancho/Albuquerque ceremony.

The concession stand will be open with snacks and drinks for purchase during the Las Vegas ceremony.

Accessible Seating
Accessible seating is available at all commencement ceremonies. Guests with special seating arrangements should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to ceremonies. Accessible seating will be identified at each location as appropriate.


Cap and Gown Information:

Las Vegas Campus LIVE STREAM:

Rio Rancho/Albuquerque LIVE STREAM:

Farmington LIVE STREAM: