Thousands join campus walk for unity

Rita Cheng delivers a speech to grieving Lumberjacks
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NAU students, faculty and staff were joined by elected officials, alumni, Regents and friends from across the region for a gathering on Tuesday to move forward in solidarity after Friday’s events.

Hundreds of participants gathered in the South Quad and began walking north along the campus pedway. As the group processed, the number of participants grew to nearly 5,000.

The walk concluded at the North Quad, where a brief program included performances by the Shrine of the Ages Choir, remarks by NAU President Rita Cheng, Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours, associate professor Eric Yordy and ASNAU President Alexandria Buchta.

“I am deeply moved by your presence and am more proud than ever to be a member of the Lumberjack family,” said Cheng. Read her remarks here.

More than 400 parents, alumni and members of NAU’s Extended Campus sites joined via live stream. A recording of the event is available here.