During graduation week, scores of LCPS seniors returned to the halls of their elementary schools. Donning their caps and gowns, they strolled the halls one last time.

The goal of a “Senior Walk” is to give each senior the unique opportunity to return to the school that they attended during their elementary years. During the ceremonious walk, seniors are able to see former teachers, classmates, and administrators who played a vital role during their elementary years. The experience allows them to recall fond memories that they had within the school walls. Moreover, it allows elementary students to see what the future has in store for them, have something to look forward to, and a chance to celebrate and cheer on the seniors.

The tradition began in 2017, with two schools participating. Senior Walks were the brainchild of Oñate High School Counselor Merrilee Saige and Sonoma Elementary Principal Melissa Galaz; this year, a total of 16 schools participated — 12 elementaries and four high schools.

All seniors were invited to attend the walks, regardless of which elementary school they attended. Schools that participated were:

  • Monte Vista Elementary
  • Fairacres Elementary
  • Desert Hills Elementary
  • Sonoma Elementary
  • Highland Elementary
  • Hermosa Heights Elementary
  • Doña Ana Elementary
  • Hillrise Elementary
  • Central Elementary
  • MacArthur Elementary
  • Conlee Elementary
  • Loma Heights Elementary

The total number of graduates for each high 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

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946, slewis@lcps.net