Families and friends will gather to celebrate as nearly 5,000 students receive their diplomas from Northern Arizona University this spring. NAU has scheduled five ceremonies Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, in the Walkup Skydome and one in Yuma on Friday, May 15.

As part of the observances, four individuals will be awarded honorary degrees for their continued support of Northern Arizona University and Arizona education.

Details about commencement may be found online. Watch the ceremonies live here. Commencement ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

Special recognition events

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

Sunday, May 3

  • Rainbow Convocation | 2 – 4 p.m. | du Bois Ballroom, University Union

Thursday, May 7

  • Veterans Convocation | 2 – 4 p.m. | Kaibab Room, Union Fieldhouse
  • Native American Student Convocation | 3:30 – 5 p.m. | Ardrey Auditorium
  • Hispanic Student Convocation | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Ardrey Memorial Auditorium
  • Black Student Convocation | 7:30 – 9 p.m. | Ashurst Auditorium

Friday, May 8

  • Asian Pacific Islander Student Celebration | 8:30 – 10 a.m. | Havasupai A/B, University Union
  • Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony | 10 a.m. | Cline Library Auditorium

Saturday, May 9

  • Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony | 7 – 9 p.m. | Cline Library Auditorium

Friday, May 8
1 p.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • W.A. Franke College of Business
  • University College

Friday, May 8
5 p.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Saturday, May 9
9 a.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Extended Campuses

Saturday, May 9
1 p.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences

Saturday, May 9
5 p.m.
This ceremony is for all students in:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education

Friday, May 15
8 p.m.
This ceremony is for graduates at NAU-Yuma and takes place at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma. Click here for information.