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Class of 2024

Seniors 2024

Welcome to Your Senior Year!

Welcome to the Class of 2024 website! We will us this site to share resources and keep you up-to-date with information from now until graduation.


Upcoming Dates & Scholarship List

This link is a live Google Sheet that will be updated throughout the school year. Check back often for new scholarships and important dates. 

2024 Upcoming Dates & Scholarships


La Cueva Specific Scholarships

3/15 - CAD/Design Scholarship - for any La Cueva Senior who has taken 2 years of CAD Architechture or Engineering Design

3/31 by 2:30pm - Allen Krumm Memorial Scholarship - for any La Cueva Senior

4/4 by 5:00pm  - Robby Baker Memeorial Scholarship - for any La Cueva Senior who has a language learning disabiklity or other reading disability

4/4 by 5:00pm - Manuel Lujan Excellence in Education Scholarship - for any La Cueva Senior

4/8 by 3:40pm - Austin Denton Memorial Scholarship - for any La Cueva Senior

4/15 by 3:40pm - Steve Knee Memorial Scholarship - for any La Cueva Senior who is a Varsity Athlete in their Senior year


Graduation Information

Seniors who ordered Announcements from Campus Specialties - they will be delivered on March 5th from 12pm-2pm outside the Activities Office

There are no tickets required for graduation (no seating limit)

Spectators will go through Metal Detectors and there will be a Clear Bag only policy

No signs, noisemakers, balloons, glass containers allowed inside Tingley Coliseum. 

Mandatory Senior Graduation Meeting - April 8th During Advisory

Senior Parent Graduation Meeting - April 8th 6:00pm La Cueva Performing Arts Center (PAC)

GRADUATION - Monday, May 20th 6:30pm at Tingley Coliseum 

Other Events for Graduates (some are mandatory so please take note)
Monday, May 6th Senior Day (this is a normal school day) - Mandatory
Thursday, May 9th & Friday, May 10th Senior Finals - Mandatory
Thursday, May 16th Graduation Rehearsal and Cap & Gown pick up 12:00pm-3:00pm in the Main Gym -  Mandatory
Friday, May 17th Grad walks at Elementaries - time TBD - more information coming in the Spring
Friday, May 17th Honors Ceremony (for all students) 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Main Gym -  Mandatory

Order Your Cap & Gown

Seniors, you can order your Cap & Gown up until February 17th. Contact Campus Specialties at 505-275-9357 or Order Here

Senior Speakers for Graduation 

This year, Seniors may apply to be the SENIOR SPEAKERS at Graduation. Two Seniors will be chosen from the applications submitted.  The application will open on March 1st and close on April 12th at 3:40pm. Apply Here

2024 Senior Speakers


RAD GRAD (Party for La Cueva Seniors)

The La Cueva PTA is planning a RAD GRAD graduation event for seniors! The RAD GRAD party will be at Hinkle Family Fun Center on the night of graduation, Monday, May 20th from 11 pm - 3 am. 

Events at RAD GRAD include access to all of Hinkle Family Fun Center's attractions (mini golf, go carts, laser tag, arcade games, etc.), casino games, a spin on the prize wheel (every student wins a prize!), cash cube (first 100 ticket buyers only!), lots of raffle prizes, and our amazing hypnotist. 

**Ticket Sales for RAD GRAD will begin NEXT WEEK: March 4-6, during lunch in the concourse. Tickets are $45. The first 100 students to purchase tickets will receive a free t-shirt and will have the chance to win cash from the cash cube at the RAD GRAD party!**

Questions? Email our PTA at



APS Procedural Directive (Jan 2024)
Graduation Dress

APS Sponsored Graduation

The purpose of APS-sponsored commencement ceremonies is to honor the academic achievements of members of the graduating class. During participation in district sponsored graduation ceremonies, the graduates of all comprehensive high schools and APS schools of choice will comply with the district's dress code supplemented by the standards for graduation dress in this procedural directive. It is the responsibility of school principals and activities directors to promulgate and enforce this procedural directive to students and the community.

Standards for Student Apparel and Graduate Regalia

All graduating seniors will be required to wear a uniform graduation cap and gown to participate in a district-sponsored graduation ceremony. Graduation caps may not be decorated, with the exception of Eagle Feathers awarded to the graduate by tribal leadership. Students who can appropriately wear an eagle feather will notify the principal or activities director at least one week prior to the graduation ceremony. Regalia, including, but not limited to, non-APS awarded cords, stoles, leis, religious items, “in memory of items,” and flags worn as regalia are not permitted at APS-sponsored GRADUATION ceremonies- however they may be worn to the La Cueva HONORS Ceremony.

Students are encouraged to wear cultural attire under the standard cap and gown during the district-sponsored commencement ceremony and school honors assemblies.

Students wishing to wear cultural attire under their gowns shall notify their school administration prior to their graduation ceremony.

The following regalia are permitted at both APS sponsored Graduation ceremonies and school honors assemblies:

  • The following district-approved regalia will be allowed by all schools during both district graduation and school honors assemblies:
    • Stoles distributed by the Indian Education Department
    • Stoles distributed by the Black Student Unions (Kente Cloths)
    • Stoles distributed by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MECHA)
    • Stoles distributed by the American Asian and Pacific Islander Student Unions (AAPI)
    • Stoles distributed by the Genders Sexuality Alliance (GSAs)
    • Stoles distributed by military organizations

Athletic/Activity Medals
Students may wear the following athletic/activity medals to both APS-sponsored graduation ceremonies and school honors assemblies:

  • NMAA Athletic State Championship Medal
  • NMAA Activity State Championship Medal
  • School awarded Male or Female Athlete of the Year Medal

Cultural Awards as listed below:

  • Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Student Union:
  • Genders Sexuality Alliance Regalia
  • Black Student Unions (Kente Cloths)
  • Indian Education Tribal Seal
  • Distinguished Learning Seal
  • Native American APS Bilingual Seal
  • Native American State Bilingual Seal

La Cueva specific Graduation Dress Code 
DRESS CODE:  It is the expectation that at all mandatory events, with the exception of rehearsal and gown distribution,  Seniors will wear Business Attire. 

  • All male students need to be in a collared shirt and dress pants.  There should be NO T-shirts, NO jeans, NO shorts, and NO Flip Flops.   
  • All female students should be dressed in office appropriate attire.  There should be  NO T-shirts, NO jeans, NO shorts, and NO Flip Flops.  
  • All shoes, regardless of student gender, should be clean and one of the following colors:  Black, Brown, Tan, Navy, Silver, White/Off White. 

If a student chooses to wear heels, it is advised that they be of practical height, as standing for long periods of time and stairs will be a factor at both the Senior Honor Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony.

School Honors Ceremonies

Individual schools must adhere to the standards articulated above for district-sponsored graduation ceremonies and may establish standards of appropriate graduate attire to be worn under the cap and gown at the school-sponsored honors or robing assemblies in alignment with the school's dress code, including allowable accessories and regalia.

Paying for College Presentation Resources

Below are the slides Mrs. Chandler presented at the Paying for College presentation on 11/4/23. The slides include step-by-step instructions for the FAFSA as well as information on scholarships and resources to help you all navigate the process to pay for college. 

Paying for College Slides (Google Slides version)

Paying for College Slides (PDF version)

FSA ID Website - this is where you set up your username and password for the FAFSA application (you can do this now)

FAFSA Application Website (open now)

Senior Meeting Resources

Below are the slides and handouts from the Senior Meetings held on August 21st

Senior Pictures

The FINAL Senior photo day will be Monday, November 13th.

Session includes - Yearbook photo and Cap & Gown Photo

  • When: Monday, November 13th 2023
  • Where: La Cueva HS (In the gym, behind the bleachers)
  • How: You MUST sign up for a time online!!

Outfit Requirements for Yearbook Photos:

  • Girls: Black dressy blouse
  • Boys: White collared shirt with a black jacket and black tie
  • Campos Photography will provide caps & gowns

If you have any questions, please call our office at (505) 293-4969.

To schedule your time, visit our the Campos Photography website. Click on the ‘Schedule Photos’ tab and follow the instructions.

Final Senior Photo Day

Upcoming Events

Visit our new College Visits website for a list of upcoming college rep visits to La Cueva and Albuquerque.

Communication Through Remind

One of the primary ways we communicate with students is through Parents and students can sign up to receive messages by following the instructions below. We do not see your phone number or email address and the messages will be regarding important school announcements, activities, and college and career information.

Simply send a text to 81010 with the following code based on the first letter of your last name

Last Name Code
A-B @lacueva24a
C-F @lacueva24b
G-K @lacueva24c
L-P @lacueva24d
Q-Z @lacueva24f

Scholarship Search Sites


We recommend that students plan to take their ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year. All schools across the nation accept either the ACT or SAT so it is your choice which one you want to take. You will need to sign up on your own. If you are on Free or Reduced Price Lunch you can get a fee waiver from the Counseling Office.

Research Colleges

The College Board's BigFuture website is a great way to start your college search.

College Research Worksheet

Below is a link for a generic College Research Worksheet. I encourage you to make a copy of it and change it to make it your own. For instance, you can add a section or delete a question to list what is important to you. It is often hard to remember what each college offers when you are researching and it helps to write it down as you go.

NM College Guide

The link below will take you to a NM College Guide. It gives details for all of our NM colleges including costs, admissions information and fast facts.

College and University Guide

Career Information

Below are some links you might find helpful if you are interested in exploring careers, looking for a job or creating a resume.

Tip: If you go to Google Docs and click on Template Gallery at the top of the page, you can click on the General tab and scroll down to Resume. These are templates that make it a lot easier to get started with a new Resume.

NCAA Information

If you think you want to play a sport in college, it is your responsibility to make sure you are going to meet the eligibility criteria.

You must:

  • Make sure you are familiar with the NCAA Requirements

  • Let your counselor know so they can advise you as to the appropriate courses needed for eligibility

  • Visit the following links for more information and FAQs

  • Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

Get Ready To Apply Presentation

Below are the slides from the Get Ready to Apply presentation held in February 2023.