NAU is getting ready to wish the best to its students who will have their degrees conferred during Friday’s commencement ceremonies.

Nearly 2,130 seniors and graduate students will be conferred with their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at two ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 12 in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.

NAU will be presenting 1,032 bachelor’s degrees, 1,078 master’s degrees and 20 doctoral degrees to fall graduates.

The ceremony for graduates from The W.A. Franke College of Business, the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Master of Administration program will begin at 10 a.m.

The ceremony for graduates of the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services will begin at 3 p.m.

State Sen.Tom O’Halleran will speak at both ceremonies and will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree.

Spring commencement coming home to domeNAU’s spring commencement is scheduled to take place in the Skydome after delays in some of the university’s SPEED projects.

The dome will close following NAU basketball and the annual home show in March, but will reopen for commencement exercises on May 8 and 9.

O’Halleran, known as a champion of higher education, is serving his second term as an Arizona state senator from District 1. Prior to serving as a senator, he served in the state Legislature for six years.

“Senator O’Halleran has called Northern Arizona University an ‘economic engine’ for the region, and his support for the university is critical,” said President John Haeger.

O’Halleran chairs the Higher Education Committee, is vice chair of the Health Committee and is a member of the K-12 Education Committee. He has won numerous awards, including the Arizona Student’s Association Legislator of the Year for 2007 and the Arizona School Board Association Legislator of the Year for 2002.