For Faculty

Commencement will be held in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, please see the Commencement Schedule for college specific details.  Guest seating at commencement is open (non-reserved), but we request you invite no more than 10 guests to the ceremony. Tickets are not required.

Where should I go?

The faculty will assemble in the staging area with their college and will be seated with the college students.  Backpacks and large purses/bags will not be permitted in the staging area or on the Skydome floor.  

What should I wear?

Please wear academic attire, including headwear. Marshals will direct you for the processional and seating. Only faculty in full academic attire will be permitted to march in the procession and be seated in the section reserved for faculty.

Faculty without access to academic attire may rent a cap, gown, and hood for the ceremony by placing their orders directly through Herff Jones or by contacting the Northern Arizona University Bookstore (928-523-4041 or 1-800-426-7674).

Media contributions

We remind you of the significance of commencement for your students and their families. In continuing efforts to focus on the achievements of students and the role of Northern Arizona University faculty in those success stories, we ask that you let us know of items for dissemination to the media.

The quality of press coverage of this event depends greatly on information provided to the press by the Office of Public Affairs. In turn, news services depend upon information generated by the respective colleges regarding students who might be the subject of a human interest story, someone who has overcome great obstacles to graduate or someone who has conducted interesting and significant research that might be of interest to the public.

Please contact Tom Bauer in the Office of Public Affairs with story ideas as commencement approaches at 928-523-7507 or via email at

We urge you to attend this important event. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Disability accommodations

For individuals with disabilities needing reasonable accommodation for commencement or other questions related to commencement accessibility please contact the Equity and Access Office at 928-523-3312 or