Las Cruces Public Schools bestowed diplomas of excellence on 1,550 seniors at six graduation ceremonies spanning two days, May 17 and 19. All of the ceremonies were held at the Pan American Center on the campus of New Mexico State University.

Parents and families watched from the stands, cheering as their graduates crossed the stage and received their diplomas. Family members unable to attend the commencement ceremonies in person were able to watch them live via LCPS-TV.

While each ceremony was special in its own way, Friday morning’s commencement marked the 100th graduating glass from Las Cruces High School. In recognition of the occasion, two members of the 1945 state basketball championship team — Paul Roach and Lambert Trujillo — were honored, as was Ernestine Saenz Chavarria, who graduated from LCHS in 1945. The theme of the commencement was “Once a dog, always a Dawg,” paying tribute to the original spelling of the school’s mascot, the bulldog.

The total number of graduates for each school are:

  • Arrowhead Park Early College High School & Arrowhead Park Medical Academy — 125
  • Centennial High School — 326
  • Las Cruces High School — 354
  • Mayfield High School — 310
  • Oñate High School — 324
  • Rio Grande Preparatory Institute — 111

Videos of each ceremony are archived on the district’s Livestream page, HERE.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811,