Heritage convocations are celebrations and award ceremonies for NAU’s ethnic graduates. Family and friends are welcome. Receptions follow all programs.

Convocation dates and locations:

Black Student Convocation
5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, du Bois Center Ballroom
A ceremony presenting the Black Convocation Committee Recognition Award and Kente stoles, which are cultural recognition sashes.

Keynote Speaker: Mel Hanna, director of community and job development, Greater Phoenix Urban League

Hispanic Convocation
3 p.m. Thursday, May 11, Prochnow Auditorium
A ceremony celebrating Latino, Hispanic, and Chicano students. Outstanding Latino student awards will be presented: the Cesar Chavez Award, the Sor Juana Ines del la Cruz Award and the Gabriela Mistral Award. Flamenco dancers will perform.

Keynote speaker: Sara Alemán, professor of sociology and social work

Native American Convocation
4 p.m. Thursday, May 11, Ardrey Auditorium
A ceremony presenting an outstanding Native American Graduating Senior Award, an Outstanding Graduate Student Award, an Outstanding Staff Award and an Outstanding Faculty Award. Graduates dress in their respective tribal attire. The Akimel Au-Authm dancers, led by Frank Poocha, will perform.

Native American award nominations accepted until April 24 at www.nau.edu/nass.