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Virtual commencement 101

Celebrate our graduates

Friday, May 8, 2020

11 a.m.

The virtual ceremony, a recorded celebration of students’ accomplishments, will be live at
11 a.m. on Friday, May 8, and can be found at The site will feature a main stage message and degree conferral from President Cheng with the provost and the dean of the Graduate College. Congratulatory videos from the Arizona Board of Regents, student government representatives and the Alumni Association also can be viewed.

While we encourage participation at 11 a.m. on May 8, the site can be accessed anytime after that. It will be available through the summer.

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Student slides

Every student who applied to graduate has a custom slide with their name, major and honors (if applicable). Graduates who submitted photos and/or messages will have those included. Each student with a slide will have their name read aloud. You can view slides for every student, filter by degree level and college or search for an individual slide.

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Convocation recognition

Convocations recognize and celebrate graduating students from all walks of life. Students who RSVPed for a specific convocation received digital stickers to add to their slides to indicate affiliation. A list of the stickers and their meanings can be found online.


Congrats to our Jacks

Please make sure to visit NAU’s virtual Kudoboard to see notes and videos of encouragement, congratulations, words of wisdom and advice from friends, family members, faculty, staff and alumni. We are proud of you, Class of 2020!

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Capture your memories

Seniors, this is your moment! We’ll share your social media posts during the virtual commencement ceremony on May 8. Use #NAUgrad or text 518-400-5025 to share your pics or give a shout-out to your family, friends and of course, fellow Lumberjacks.


December ceremony

To honor the accomplishments of graduates in person, NAU will hold a commencement ceremony for the spring Class of 2020 on Dec. 12. More information, including how to RSVP, will be emailed to graduates in the coming months.


Life after graduation

You will receive your diploma approximately eight weeks after grades are posted. Now that you’re a Lumberjack alum, update your contact information and engage with your alma mater through the NAU Alumni Association. Stay connected and follow @NAUAlumni on social. Looking to attend graduate school? Explore NAU’s Graduate College.