Instructional Leadership, emphasis: K-12 School Leadership (MEd)
Students at Lumberjacks of Inclusion ceremony.

Convocation ceremonies


Recognizing and celebrating graduating students from all walks of life

Date, location, and contact information for the individual Convocation events are provided below. Please email inclusion@nau.edu for more information. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

A P I convocation.

Asian and Pacific Islander Convocation

Students smiling at the black convocation.

Black Student Convocation

Two people hugging at the convocation.

Hispanic/Latine Convocation

A family celebrates together outside on green grass after the Indigenous Convocation event

Indigenous Convocation

Rainbow convocation with students hugging.

Rainbow Convocation

Two veterans are posing for the camera together at the Vet Convocation

Veterans Convocation

Frequently asked questions

The Convocation ceremonies are celebratory events where we recognize graduates for earning their degrees while also honoring their identities and culture. Graduates will be presented with stoles they can wear at graduation to acknowledge and highlight their unique identities.

The events are open to students who are graduating or walking in Spring commencement or those who graduated in a previous semester but couldn’t participate in commencement or convocations. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please email inclusion@nau.edu.

Please email inclusion@nau.edu to let us know you want to RSVP for additional convocations, and we’ll add you to the list.

If you miss the deadline, please email inclusion@nau.edu with your name, phonetic spelling of your name (e.g. tray-see glee-sun), degree(s) earned, convocation(s) you want to participate in, number of guests (max of 4), and any accommodations needs you have for you or any of your guests. We will respond via email to confirm our ability to add you to the event and meet your accommodation request.

To ensure we have enough space for all graduates and their guests, you may include a maximum of four (4) guests in your RSVP. If you have more than four (4) guests, please contact traci.gleason@nau.edu to confirm we can accommodate your request to have more than four (4) guests.

We highly encourage guests to wear traditional attire that highlights their identities and culture or wear business casual attire. This is not a cap and gown event, so we do not recommend you wear your cap and gown.

Check-in for graduates and a catered reception will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the ceremony beginning promptly at 4:30 p.m. We encourage graduates to arrive early enough to check-in, enjoy the reception, find their seats, and take photos using our various backdrops.

Free and ADA accessible parking for the event will be available at the High Country Conference Center garage located at 201 W. Butler Avenue. Overflow parking will be available in lots P3 and P8. Explore NAU’s parking maps for additional options.

During the event, graduates will hear from various speakers who will recognize their accomplishment of earning a degree, experience cultural performances, and be presented with stoles they can wear at graduation to acknowledge and highlight their unique identities.

A light catered reception with cultural foods will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The event will not be streamed online.

To be respectful and fully honor all our graduates and their identities and culture, we ask all students and their families to stay until the end of the event. After the event, you will have the opportunity to visit with one another and take photos using our various backdrops.

Please email individual committee chairs listed on the Lumberjacks of Inclusion website (or inclusion@nau.edu) regarding the availability of stoles.

Yes, we highly encourage graduates to wear their stole(s) at commencement to highlight their identities and culture.

Commencement will take place on Friday, December 15 in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. Please visit the commencement website for detailed information.