UNM-Los Alamos launched a new initiative aimed at improving college graduation rates in Northern New Mexico. The Graduation Project, modeled from the program on UNM main campus, seeks to encourage former students to return to school to finish their degrees. 

Research shows that many students leave their university studies without a degree due to financial reasons, as well as a lack of institutional support and difficulty enrolling in the classes they need in order to graduate. The Graduation Project at UNM-Los Alamos will address these challenges through personalized outreach to eligible students, dedicated advisement services throughout their time at the college, individualized financial aid and scholarships, free tutoring and internship opportunities and career planning services. 

“Many students enrolled at UNM-Los Alamos work part-time or full time in addition to taking college courses," Kathryn Vigil, director of UNM-LA Student Services said. "We find that personal obligations or life changes are the main hurdles that our students experience and several just need a class or two to finish. We hope that some extra encouragement will go a long way toward helping them complete the program that they started.” 

To be eligible for the program, former students must have completed

  • at least 45 credits toward their degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better

Former students interested in The Graduation Project who would like to resume their studies should contact UNM-LA Student Services at 505-662-5919.

“It’s never too late to finish your degree,” Vigil said. “The Graduation Project can help make it possible.”  

For more information, visit The Graduation Project at UNM-Los Alamos.