NAU’s COVID-19 updates: Commencement, changes to library hours, Student Water Symposium moving online

Northern Arizona University continues to adjust operations as the COVID-19 outbreak changes. For an updated number of cases in Coconino County, visit the Coconino County Health and Human Services website. Officials are closely monitoring the spread and working with county health and other public officials, as well as following guidelines laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department and the Arizona Department of Health and Safety.

Below is the latest information about NAU’s response. Refer to for updates.


In-person May commencement ceremonies, as well as convocations and other related events, have been canceled. Graduates will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual ceremony that will take place in May and will be invited to return for a special ceremony on Dec. 12. More information about NAU’s plans to celebrate our seniors and graduate students will be forthcoming. The Gold Axe, President’s Prize and Distinguished Seniors will still be awarded.

NAU News will highlight a number of graduates in our May editions of the newsletter. Please submit outstanding students (include their name, major, email address and a short description of why they should be selected) to

Altered library hours/procedures

Cline Library is still open, but access to the library is limited to NAU and Coconino Community College students, faculty and staff. Users must use their NAU or CCC ID card to enter.

For hours for the building, chat hours and Special Collections and Archives, please visit the library’s website. Users also can access the chat function here.

Third Annual Student Water Symposium

The 3rd Annual Student Water Symposium, scheduled for April 16-17 at NAU, will take place online in keeping with the need for social distancing. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to April 6 and students will have increased options for presentation mechanisms. All NAU undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline are welcome to present on a water-related topic.  For more information, visit