Editor's note: This article has been updated with more high school graduating class numbers.
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.
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.
Las Cruces High estimates 366 graduates, Organ Mountain High estimates 364, Centennial High estimates 350, Mayfield High estimates 310, Arrowhead Park estimates 138 and Rio Grande Preparatory Institute estimates 51 — all barring final exam results.
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 a.m. Friday, May 20
Arrowhead Park Early College High: 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 20
Organ Mountain High: 6 p.m. Friday, May 20
Mayfield High: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21
Rio Grande Preparatory Institute: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21
Las Cruces High: 6 p.m. 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 at 151 Glory Road.
Alta Vista Early College High's ceremony will be at the Magoffin Auditorium at UTEP at 500 W University Ave.
All events will be held indoors. There are no COVID-19 restrictions.
In total, GISD is expecting over 500 graduates. According to the district, 292 will be graduating from Gadsden High 250 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 p.m. Friday, May 27
Gadsden High: 8 a.m. Saturday, May 28
Santa Teresa High: 12 p.m. Saturday, May 28
Chaparral High: 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28
Desert Pride Academy: 8 p.m. 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 p.m. on Friday, May 20. HVHS is at 170 E Herrera Road.
There will be no COVID-19 restrictions.
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This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: What are Doña Ana County high schools doing for graduation?