Graduation Completion and Application

Here's how to evaluate your degree completion, submit a Graduation Application and walk in the Graduation Ceremony, if you wish.


Ceremony participation registration must be received by:  March 27, 2020

Graduation Ceremony
Date, Time, Location

Saturday, May 2, 2020.
promptly at 12:00 p.m. 
Tingley Coliseum, Expo New Mexico.

Apply for Graduation and Participate in Ceremony

If you have done the work to complete your degree, you may apply to graduate during the term in which you are enrolled in your final courses. The graduation application opens on the first day of each term and closes on the last day of each term.

You will graduate in the term for which you have a graduation application on file and in which all graduation requirements are completed, even if there is no Graduation Ceremony scheduled that semester.

Graduating with Honors

There are no extra steps needed to graduate with honors. Degrees, certificates and official CNM transcripts will note graduates with honors as follows:

  • Highest Honors requires a cumulative GPA of 4.0.
  • Honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.6 to 3.9.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the official international honor society for two-year colleges and has recognized academic excellence since 1918. Phi Theta Kappa has become the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world.

CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is Alpha Upsilon Chi. Membership is by invitation only. Letters of invitation are emailed to eligible students twice a year. Find out more about Phi Theta Kappa, their eligibility requirements and membership benefits.semester.

Once degrees and certificates have been awarded for a given term, any additional requests will be processed at the end of the next term.

If you wish to walk  in the graduation ceremony (it is not required) you will need to submit a graduation application. Follow the steps below to become eligible to walk in (participate) the CNM Graduation Ceremony

Step 1: Complete CNM Degree Works Program Evaluation

Check to see how close you are to graduation and what you still need to complete.

  1. Sign into your myCNM account.
  2. Click on the "Graduation" tab.
  3. Click the "CNM Degree Works" link located near the top center of the screen in the Graduation Quick Links portal. For additional assistance, please refer to the FAQs for CNM Degree Works.
  4. Review your online evaluation to insure all certificate/degree requirements
    are met.
  5. Update your address and phone number via the "Students" tab in case we
    need to contact you.

In order to apply to graduate from a program other than your declared major you will need to run a successful “What-If” evaluation first.

  1. Click on the “What-If” button on left of the Program Evaluation for your declared major (main audit).
  2. In the Select your primary area of study: Enter the catalog year, degree, and if applicable, concentration(s) for the program you want to apply to graduate from.  For more than one concentration, go to the Select your additional areas of study and Enter the degree and next concentration and click on Add.  You may have up to three concentrations per degree.
  3. Click on “Process What-If”.  NOTE: Make sure the “Include Pre-registered Classes” box at the top of the audit is NOT checked when running your evaluation for a graduation application.  Including Pre-registered courses may give you an inaccurate evaluation by counting them as In-Progress , and your application will be invalid. The “In-Progess” box, above the “Include Pre-Registered” box, should always be checked when running an evaluation for a graduation application.
  4. If the What-If evaluation shows the program  is 98% or 100% completed you can apply. Click on “Program Evaluation” to return to the main audit and gain access to the Graduation Application link.

Step 2:  Complete the Graduation Application

  1. If all program requirements are met or you meet 98 to 100%, click the “Apply to Graduate” link under Graduation Process on the “Graduation” tab.
  2. Upon successful completion of the application, print the confirmation page for your records.
  3. An e-mail will be sent to your myCNM e-mail account from the Student Activities Supervisor, Kristofer Gaussoin, , (505) 224-3238, with instructions on how to sign up (register to walk) for your Graduation Ceremony.

Step 3: Register to Walk in the Graduation Ceremony

Once the graduation application has been submitted, an e-mail will be sent to your myCNM e-mail account. Please click on the link within the e-mail to sign up  and register to walk for your graduation ceremony.

If you earned your degree over the Summer and are interested in participating in graduation please contact Kristofer Gaussoin at for more information

Step 4: Confirmation

Once Steps 1 and 2 are complete, the Student Activities Office will send a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive this e-mail confirmation, please contact the Student Activities Office at (505) 224-3238.

If you don’t receive an invitation to walk in the Graduation Ceremony, please contact Kristofer Gaussoin at .

Purchase a Cap and Gown

Regalia for Faculty and Staff

Please contact Kristofer Gaussoin,, (505) 224-3238. This deadline doesn't include regalia for graduating students or student employees.

A cap and gown is required to participate in your Graduation Ceremony. Visit the cap and gown page for information about purchasing those items.

Not Walking in the Ceremony?

You do not have to participate in the graduation ceremony to receive your diploma or certificate.

Your degree or certificate will be available to be picked up in person from Main Campus 4 to 7 weeks after the semester has ended as long as you are in good academic standing and have passed all required courses. Enrollment Services will e-mail you using your CNM e-mail address when your diploma or certificate is available to be picked up.