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Be Ready for Graduation

We’re proud of your accomplishments as a Lumberjack and want to help you prepare for this exciting day! Seating is open for guests, but limit your guests to 10. Tickets are not required.

A Guide to Commencement

Prepare for commencement by following these steps:


Purchase Your Cap and Gown To activate the Purchase Your Cap and Gown tab, press your spacebar.

The NAU Bookstore and Herff Jones both offer convenient options to purchase all of your commencement items:

  • Cap/tam, gown, tassel, honor cords, stoles of gratitude
  • Announcements and regalia
  • Order before Sunday, April 16, 2017 to avoid rush fees. Online sales close Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9 p.m.

NAU Bookstore Herff Jones

When and Where to Assemble To activate the When and Where to Assemble tab, press your spacebar.

  • Please arrive one hour prior to your ceremony start time. Proceed to the designated staging areas for placement in the procession.
  • You will cross the stage with anything you bring with you. Leave all backpacks and purses with your family or friends. Nothing will be permitted in the staging area or on the Skydome floor.
  • You will begin moving to the floor 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Only graduating students and faculty in cap and gown will be permitted to participate in commencement.

What to Wear To activate the What to Wear tab, press your spacebar.

  • Please wear comfortable shoes! You will be navigating several steps.
  • Bachelor’s degree candidates: Navy cap and gown.
  • Master’s degree candidates: Navy cap and gown, black hood with navy and gold satin on the inside, and the degree color for the velvet.
  • Doctoral degree candidates: Navy tam and gown, carrying your black hood with navy and gold satin on the inside, and the degree color for the velvet. Students will be hooded before crossing the stage.

During and After the Ceremony To activate the During and After the Ceremony tab, press your spacebar.

  • Set all cell phones to “vibrate” or “off.”
  • Once you reach your seat, remain standing until distinguished guests are in place on the platform.
  • When your degree program is called to the stage, take any personal items with you, as you may not return to your same seat.
  • The recessional at the close of the ceremony will be led by the platform party, faculty then students.

Additional Details

Find the information you need to attend celebrations across campus, purchase photos and DVDs of the ceremonies, and access ceremony live streams.