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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements 2018-04-12T09:42:19+00:00

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New Mexico’s graduation requirements—necessary for students to earn a Diploma of Excellence—provide students with strong preparation for college and career readiness. Currently, far too many students drop out or graduate from high school without the knowledge and skills required for success in the 21st century workplace and/or post-secondary education, closing doors, and limiting future options.

Dropping out of high school is no longer a viable option. High school dropouts in New Mexico face a 13 percent unemployment rate and earn an average annual income of $11,426. Nearly every good job requires some certification, license, apprenticeship, associate’s degree, or other advanced credential. Visit an Education Week article about lifetime income based on college major.

For information on graduation rates, visit our Accountability Bureau’s Graduation Data page.

Statute Guidance

Course and Assessment Requirements

  • Graduation Course Requirements for Students in the Graduating Classes of 2012-2021
  • The chart below shows information on graduation course and assessment requirements for the upcoming New Mexico graduating classes.

Please see our Graduation FAQ’s for commonly asked questions and answers or Graduation Requirements for resources.

Page last updated April 12, 2018