Amid unprecedented pandemic, NAU graduates more than 2,500 in the Class of 2020

Construction management student in graduation gear with hard hat

Northern Arizona University’s Class of 2020 will celebrate with a virtual commencement on Sunday, Nov. 22, with more than 2,500 students applying to graduate this semester.

NAU’s virtual ceremony will be available at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, though the recording will be available via for several weeks. Viewers in the first 24 hours can post shoutouts to friends, family members and fellow graduates on social media using #naugrad and be featured on the commencement feed.

Students and their families can view their graduate’s photos on-screen and hear their names read aloud on a link found on NAU’s commencement website. The site will include a message and degree conferral from President Rita Cheng, along with Provost Diane Stearns and Graduate College Dean Maribeth Watwood.

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“The accomplishments of the Class of 2020 show the resilience of the human spirit and their will to pursue a worthy dream,” Cheng said. “We are celebrating all that our students have done to keep others safe, their volunteer and research efforts during the pandemic and the people in their lives who mentored and supported them throughout this exciting journey. I am certain that no matter what comes, the Class of 2020’s experience as Lumberjacks, their education, the leaderships skills they have acquired and the contacts they have made will help them find success.”

Hear messages of encouragement to the class of 2020 from the deans of each college.

Of the more than 2,500 student who have applied for graduation, 568 are graduate students from NAU’s 67 master’s programs and 24 doctoral programs, and 2,000 are undergraduate students from the Flagstaff Mountain Campus, statewide locations and online, plus 62 students who enrolled in NAU’s unique Personalized Learning program.

Read stories from seniors about their NAU experience.

Breakdown of graduates by college:

  • College of Arts and Letters: 167
  • College of Education: 528
  • College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences: 151
  • College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences: 291
  • College of Health and Human Services: 391
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: 489
  • NAU Online, Statewide and Education Innovation: 288
  • NAU Yuma: 91
  • W. A. Franke College of Business: 201

Read more in NAU’s Commencement 101 email.


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