2018 Independence High Winter Graduation

Staying the Course: Independence HS Graduates Largest Mid-Year Class Ever
Posted on 12/17/2018

Independence graduate receives diplomaOn Friday, December 14, 27 students from Independence High School who completed degree requirements during the first semester received their hard-earned diplomas at a special ceremony in the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board Room. It was the largest mid-year graduating class in the school’s history.

Independence High holds formal graduation ceremonies twice each year. Like RRPS’s other high schools, its main ceremony is in the spring at the end of the academic year. However, many Independence students who are making up credits complete coursework and degree requirements mid-year, and the December ceremony celebrates these persistent students who stay the course and earn a diploma.

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Independence high graduates seated at ceremonyAll the features of a spring graduation were there: the graduates attired in mortarboards, tassels, and the traditional red and silver Independence academic gowns, the traditional processional to the strains of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance”, the speeches, and the triumphant smiles from students who in many cases overcome extraordinary obstacles to earn their diplomas. Student commencement speaker Cameron Ramirez’s remarks focused on affectionately “roasting” (by way of thanking) Independence’s teachers and staff, eliciting chuckles and smiles from the over-capacity crowd of parents, students, and “roast-ees.”

Independence graduate receives diplomaIndependence High School provides a small-school environment and provides support to students who may need flexibility and help in earning a diploma. Some are working students and student parents or face other challenges in their personal lives, and some have fallen behind academically and need to catch up on coursework to qualify for graduation.