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2022 Commencement Information
New Mexico Highlands University

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Main campus Commencement 2022 postponed; all other campus ceremonies are on schedule: Details below

Postponement of commencement ceremonies does not constitute a delay in degree awarding and issuance. Degree awarding and issuance of diplomas is not delayed at this time. Participation in commencement does not constitute award of a degree. If a delay should occur the student body will be informed accordingly.

After careful consideration, it is with heavy hearts that we have decided to reschedule the New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas campus commencement ceremonies. The undergraduate and graduate ceremonies were originally scheduled for next Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. However, due to the ongoing Hermit’s Peak and Calf Canyon Fires, we are postponing these commencement ceremonies to a yet-to-be-determined date.

The Rio Rancho commencement ceremony will take place as planned at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at the Rio Rancho Events Center.
Graduates who had planned to take part in the Las Vegas campus commencement ceremonies are welcome to now walk at the Rio Rancho ceremony. Graduates who wish to walk in the Rio Rancho ceremony do not need to notify the registrar’s office, but they should plan to arrive at the Rio Rancho Events Center by 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

For details about the Rio Rancho commencement event schedule, venue information, and COVID-19 protocols, visit ABQ-Rio Rancho.

If you have questions prior to May 12, please contact riorancho@nmhu.edu or 505-891-6900.

We will reschedule the Las Vegas ceremonies as soon as possible and will update the Highlands community as soon as that information is available.
Before scheduling a new date, we will be looking at factors such as fire danger to the City of Las Vegas and surrounding areas and whether displaced residents have been able to return home. As always, our commitment to the community’s safety and well-being remains our top priority.

Again, we will keep you informed as soon as we have more information to share, and we look forward to celebrating your academic achievements as soon as it is safely possible to do so.


Albuquerque & Rio Rancho

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Location: Rio Rancho Events Center (formerly Santa Ana Star Center), 3001 Civic Center NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Tentative Schedule

3 p.m. – Venue opens to the public. Photos available to take and purchase by Eyecatcher Photography. Located on the south concourse. Eyecatcher Photography will also take photos of all graduates when they exit the stage. These packages are also available for purchase.

5 p.m. – Student check-inGraduate and undergraduate students report to the check-in table near the main entrance to the venue. The table will be located at the entrance to the south concourse.

5 – 6 p.m. – Student line-up. Graduate students will line-up with their respective schools on the north concourse. Undergraduate students will line-up with their respective schools on the south concourse. While students are waiting for the ceremony to begin, a “selfie” photo background and water station will be located on the south concourse line-up area. Graduate students can access these backstage. Staff will be in attendance and wearing pink shirts if you have questions during this time. Please note, we will not have a rehearsal and line-up is based on school and level of degree (i.e. School of Education, undergraduate).

Notes

Masks are recommended for all students and guests who attend the NMHU ceremony.

Tickets will not be required for this venue.

The Rio Rancho Events Center bag policy allows for bags smaller than 12″x12″x12″. Bags larger than this must be clear.

Outside food/drink is not allowed. Concessions will be open during the event.

If you have questions during the event, please contact one of several staff members, who will be wearing pink shirts.

Commencement programs will be available at the main entrance to the venue.

Please visit the NMHU Alumni office, located on the south concourse.

If you have questions prior to May 12, please contact riorancho@nmhu.edu or 505-891-6900.

Students and guests are highly encouraged to practice social distancing outside of family pods during the event.

This ceremony will not be livestreamed.


Farmington

Schedule: Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 9 a.m.
Location: San Juan College, Learning Commons Plaza, 4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM 87402
Student line up: 8 a.m.

Masks are recommended for all students and guests who attend the NMHU ceremony. Tickets will not be required for this venue.
Students and guests shall practice social distancing during the event.

General inquiries and commencement information:

Registrar@nmhu.edu (graduate and undergraduate students) or 505-454-3438.

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