Correct/Preferred Name Request

Learn how to change your name to a correct or preferred name, as well as how long name changes take at CNM.

Requesting a Correct/Preferred Name 

CNM recognizes that students may wish to use first names that are different from their legal names. A preferred name could be a short version of your name, a nickname, or a name you have chosen, but have not yet legally changed. Students may use preferred or chosen names on their diplomas, CNM student ID cards, and class rosters.

CNM values equity and inclusion and prioritizes using your preferred/chosen name wherever possible. Please know that there may be some instances, though, where CNM or its staff may need to reference your legal name and have access to your CNM ID to verify your identity and to keep your educational and personal information secure.


If you've completed a legal name change, please take a look at CNM's Update Your Student Information web page to access the student name change form. If you have any questions about updating your correct/preferred name, please contact the Records Office at or at (505) 224-3000.

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Correct/Preferred Name 

  1. Log in and navigate to the Personal Information page on Banner
  2. Select the pencil icon labeled "Edit" in the upper right-hand corner of the page. 
  3. Enter your correct/preferred name. 
  4. Select "update" to save the changes. 

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Pronouns in Brightspace

  1. Log in to Brightspace to update your pronouns. 
  2. Click on your username in the upper right-hand corner. 
  3. Select "Account Settings" from the menu of options. 
  4. Under "Pronouns," check the box for "Allow others to see my pronouns."
  5. Select the "Use different pronouns" option. 
  6. Add your preferred pronouns. 
  7. Select "Save and Close." 

Response Times

Once you submit your request, your name change will be reflected at CNM according to the table below. Additionally, your instructors will be made aware of your correct/preferred name according to the table below.

Area of Name Change  Time to Take Effect  Link
Brightspace 1-2 business days Brightspace Login
Instructor's Class Roster

Immediately (instructors are notified of changes to their roster when a course is in progress)

Academic Records
Diploma 2-3 business days Diploma Request Email
Outlook (email) 1-2 business days CNM Email
EduNav 1-2 business days EduNav
Degree Works 1-2 business days Degree Works