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Families and friends will gather to celebrate as nearly 5,000 students receive their diplomas from Northern Arizona University this spring. NAU has scheduled four ceremonies Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, in the Walkup Skydome and one in Yuma on Friday, May 13.

As part of the celebration, Christine Marsh, the 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year, and NAU alumnus David J. Mangelsdorf will be awarded honorary degrees for their continued support of Northern Arizona University and Arizona education.

Details may be found on the commencement website. Watch the ceremonies live online.

Attendees should anticipate traffic modifications on the Flagstaff campus before and after each ceremony. Commencement ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

Special recognition events

Special recognition events to honor graduates throughout the week include commissioning ceremonies and convocations for various cultural, affiliation and identity groups. Visit the special recognition and convocation websites for information and to RSVP for the events.

Sunday, May 8

  • Rainbow Convocation | 2 p.m. | du Bois Ballroom

Wednesday, May 11

  • International Graduation Celebration | 4 p.m. | du Bois Ballroom

Thursday, May 12

  • Veterans Convocation | 2 p.m. | Havasupai A/B, University Union
  • Native American Student Convocation | 3:30 p.m. | Ardrey Memorial Auditorium
  • Hispanic Student Convocation | 6 p.m. | Ardrey Memorial Auditorium
  • Black Student Convocation | 7:30 p.m. | du Bois Ballroom

Friday, May 13

  • Asian Pacific Islander Student Celebration | 8 a.m. | du Bois Ballroom
  • Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony | 8:30 a.m. | Cline Library Auditorium
  • School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony | 2 p.m. | Ardrey Memorial Auditorium

Saturday, May 14

  • Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony | 6 p.m. | Cline Library Auditorium

Friday, May 13
12 p.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • College of Education
  • College of Arts and Letters

Friday, May 13
4 p.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
  • Extended Campuses

Saturday, May 14
10 a.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • University College

Saturday, May 14
2 p.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • The W.A. Franke College of Business

Friday, May 13
8 p.m.
This ceremony is for graduates at NAU-Yuma and takes place at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma. Details about the ceremony are available online.