2021 Commencement Information
New Mexico Highlands University
Recordings of the 2020-2021 Commencement Ceremonies
Congratulations to the Classes of 2020 and 2021!
We wish you well!
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
Rehearsal: No rehearsal will be required or provided.
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 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.
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.
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:
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 Students and guests shall refrain from posting vulgar or demeaning comments as they will not be published during the event.
Commencement is both a joyous and solemn event. Please express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from enjoying the ceremony.
Frequently Asked Questions: NMHU Virtual Commencement 2021
Q: Where do we go to watch the ceremony?
A:Specific links to the Las Vegas/Rio Rancho/Albuquerque/Farmington Campus LIVE STREAM will be posted here before the ceremonies on May 15: https://www.facebook.com/HighlandsUniversity/, https://youtu.be/uUjXpPPQPO4
Q: Will this ceremony be live or is it recorded?
A: This ceremony is considered pre-recorded live, and students will have the opportunity for social media interaction throughout the ceremony using #NMHUGrad on all social media outlets. 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.
Q: How are students being recognized?
A: Students who submitted a graduation profile will have their photos displayed on screen. Students who did not submit a graduation profile will see their names appear in the list of graduates.
Q: Will I get a diploma before the virtual ceremony?
A: No, only graduates from previous semesters — Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 — will have a diploma in hand (if institutional obligations have been met). All other graduates will receive their diplomas at the address listed on the Application for Degree when the degree is conferred and all intuitional obligations have been met.
Q: Will a graduation program be provided?
A: Yes, a graduation program will be printed to be enclosed with the diploma of our graduates. Graduates from previous semesters Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 can email the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy while supplies last.
Q: Do I need to purchase a cap and gown?
A: No, for the virtual ceremony students are not required to purchase regalia.
Q: Will I need to submit a video for the hooding?
A: No, the hooding process will be done virtually live when you are instructed to do so, but is not required.
Q: Am I required to attend commencement?
A: No, commencement is not a mandatory event for students.
Q: I am graduating with both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. Do I have to attend both ceremonies?
A: No, ceremony attendance is optional for students. Students may choose to attend one or both.
Q: Do I need a profile to attend?
A: No, you can attend virtually even if you did not submit a profile.
Q: Is the ceremony going to be recorded?
A: Yes, students may access the recording when it becomes available via global messaging to the campus community.
Q: Does my camera need to be on for the ceremony?
A: No, if you may choose to have your camera off during the ceremony.
Q: What if I don’t have Facebook? Where do I access the ceremony?
A: You may access the recording on the NMHU YouTube Channel or the NMHU website. Links will be available the morning of the ceremony.
Q: Can I stream this live on my television at home?
A: Yes, you can watch live from your television at home if your television has the capability to view media from the web. Please consult your owner’s manual.
Q: How long will the ceremony last?
A: We anticipate each ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.
Q: Does participation in commencement mean my degree is awarded?
A: No, your participation is not verification of your degree award; degree awards are verified by the Office of the Registrar after all final grades and graduation criteria are met.
Q: What if I will not finish my courses until summer 2021 — can I still participate?
A: Yes, you can watch virtually from the comfort of your own home. Students had until April 30, 2021 to submit their graduation profile.
Q: What if I will not finish my courses until Fall 2021? Can I participate?
A: You may view the ceremony as a spectator but recognition for Fall 2021 graduates will occur at next year’s commencement ceremony.
Q: When I log in to the ceremony will others be able to see me and my family?
A: Yes, if your camera is on. Note that during the ceremony we will be highlighting family pods throughout the ceremony.
Q: What if I don’t have anyone to perform my hooding for my Master’s degree?
A: Hooding is not a requirement in the virtual ceremony you may simply wear your hood and not take any actions when instructed to do so.
Q: Where are the instructions to be hooded?
A: Instructions for students and their designated hooding partners are here.
Q: How do I know if my name will appear in the printed graduation program?
A: Students who submitted their Application for Degree by the March 26, 2021 deadline will appear in the printed graduation program.
Q: How do I know when to start the hooding process?
A: All candidates for the Master’s degree will be prompted by their Dean to get ready for hooding it will happen as a group event with highlights to family pods during the process.
Q: If my camera is not on for the hooding process will it be turned on for me?
A: No, we will not turn on your camera. If you would like to be seen being hooded, please turn your camera on when your Dean begins to speak.