Experience the people, the programs, and the community of Northern Arizona University! Every fall, during Family Weekend, parents and families of students visit campus and experience life as a Lumberjack.
A beloved tradition since 1924, Homecoming connects NAU to the community as we welcome returning alumni to enjoy a week of campus events and activities.
The “Lumberjack” is the university’s traditional mascot and has been used since 1915 as the name for the athletic teams.
Show your Lumberjack pride whenever you want simply by forming the letter “L” with your right hand and “J” with your left.
At the beginning of the fall semester, this monumental photo opp brings together all new freshmen to form the letters N, A, and U.
This infamous gathering is a chance for freshmen to get geared up in blue and gold to show their #TrueBlueNAU spirit and run from end zone to end zone before the first home football game of the season.
A symbol of Flagstaff’s lumber town heritage, the giant NAU logging wheels have been a centerpiece of the annual homecoming parade since 1934.
We embrace our Lumberjack spirit during our home athletics events, when the NAU Forestry Club saws “tree cookies” every time the Lumberjacks score.
Fight, fight, fight for NAU!
Take the ball and follow through.
Lead the blue and gold to fame,
As we win another game.
Cheer, cheer, cheer for NAU!
We want a victory!
So fight, fight, fight with all your might,
For we want a victory tonight!
Greek week is all about the community. Our on-campus fraternities and sororities team up to win various awards centered on community service and philanthropy, and all money raised during the week is donated to local and national charities.
Male students compete in this mock beauty pageant to show their homecoming pride. The winner receives an impressive prize package that includes gift certificates from local businesses and rides with the Kayettes in the homecoming parade.
An entire month’s worth of events to celebrate all the fantastic, sustainable things NAU has to offer!
Celebrating the heritages and cultural traditions of all our Native American, Asian-Pacific American, African American, and Hispanic American students is a critical aspect of our commitment towards creating an inclusive campus community.
Graduating seniors are presented with a satin sash during a ceremonial event that recognizes them for their leadership, successes and academic achievements while honoring their identities and heritage. NAU hosts convocations for Native, Hispanic, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Veteran, and LGBTQA students.
The campus community is invited to enjoy traditional Native American stews (mutton, hominy beef, green chili pork, vegetable) and frybread during this annual event at the Native American Cultural Center in a celebration of community and Native American hospitality.
Celebrate the winter holidays with us at the annual Winterfest! Community members and students enjoy the NAU tradition of lighting the luminarias and the tree, while sipping hot cocoa.
Show your Lumberjack pride every Friday, when we wear our favorite NAU gear to be “True Blue” NAU. Students are always part of the excitement with free admission to all NAU athletics home events.
Select graduating seniors are singled out each semester for their contributions to Northern Arizona University and presented with the coveted Gold Axe Award during a ceremony in their honor. The tradition dates back to 1933, a year after the student body adopted the axe as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics and small gold axe pins were awarded to outstanding members of the student body in recognition of their outstanding achievements and distinguished service to the university and the greater community.
Every year our student-athletes pair up with elementary school students for a day of bonding, inspirational talks, and physical activity. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organizes this event to make kids aware of the importance of being a good student and community member.