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What are Doña Ana County high schools doing for graduation?

LAS CRUCES – Another year into the pandemic, graduation ceremonies are getting closer and closer to “normal.”

Graduations at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 were mainly drive-thru events in Doña Ana County. In 2021, there were outdoor ceremonies with limited attendance and mask-wearing. For the Class of 2022, masks will not be required and attendance limitations have been lifted.

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Between the three school districts, there will be 12 graduation ceremonies—six for Las Cruces Public Schools, five for Gadsden Independent School District and one for Hatch Valley Public Schools.

Las Cruces Public Schools

LCPS has six graduations planned for its four traditional and two non-traditional high schools.

All ceremonies will take place at the Field of Dreams at 2300 Tashiro Dr.

Organ Mountain estimates 364 graduates and Rio Grande Preparatory Institute estimates 51. The other schools did not send graduation projections in time for this article’s publication.

There are no public health orders that limit group gatherings, so LCPS is not limiting the number of guests per graduate. Gates will open one hour before each ceremony.

Concessions at the Field of Dreams will not be available, but attendees can bring bottled water.

LCPS graduation schedule:

  • Centennial High: 9 on Friday, May 20
  • Arrowhead Park Early College High: 1:30 pm Friday, May 20
  • Organ Mountain High: 6 pm Friday, May 20
  • Mayfield High: 9 on Saturday, May 21
  • Rio Grande Preparatory Institute: 1:30 pm Saturday, May 21
  • Las Cruces High: 6 pm Saturday, May 21

Gadsden Independent School District

GISD’s graduation ceremonies will all take place the last weekend in May.

Chaparral High, Gadsden High, Santa Teresa High and Desert Pride Academy will all have graduation ceremonies at the Don Haskins Center at University of Texas at El Paso. The Don Haskins Center is located at 151 Glory Rd, El Paso, TX 79902.

Alta Vista Early College High’s ceremony will be at the Magoffin Auditorium at UTEP at 500 W University Ave, El Paso, TX 79968.

All events will be held indoors. There are no COVID-19 restrictions.

In total, GISD is expecting over 500 graduates. According to the district, 250 will be graduating from Santa Teresa High, 159 from Chaparral High, 85 from Desert Pride Academy and 41 from Alta Vista.

GISD graduation schedule:

  • Alta Vista Early College High: 7 pm Friday, May 27
  • Gadsden High: 8 on Saturday, May 28
  • Santa Teresa High: 12 pm Saturday, May 28
  • Chaparral High: 4 pm Saturday, May 28
  • Desert Pride Academy: 8 pm Saturday, May 28

Hatch Valley Public Schools

HVPS, with its singular high school, is anticipating 90 graduating seniors to walk for the Class of 2022.

Hatch Valley High will hold its graduation ceremony at the high school’s open air football field at 7:30 pm on Friday, May 20. HVHS is located at 170 E Herrera Rd, Hatch, NM 87937.

There will be no COVID-19 restrictions.

Miranda Cyr, a Report for America corps member, can be reached at [email protected] or @mirandacyr on Twitter. Show your support for the Report for America program at https://bit.ly/LCSNRFA.

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