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A Parent's Guide to NAU Graduation


A Parent's Guide to NAU GraduationPhoto Credit: nau.edu

Having your child graduate college is a proud moment in anyones life! It’s a time to celebrate and share this amazing accomplishment with them. It’s not always easy sending them off into the world and here is your chance to get some more quality time in with them!

What to Do in Flagstaff

Flagstaff is a wonderful place to spend quality time with your grad student. A stroll through the downtown area will bring you past many fantastic restaurants and local hangouts. Check out our Flagstaff restaurants more information! This town also holds an array of hotels to stay at that range from close to campus to away from all the hustle and bustle of the graduation scene. These are located in the where to stay section. If an adventure is what you seek there are wonderful hikes and a thrilling Flagstaff Extreme Adventure course to check out!

Directions

All commencement ceremonies take place in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. This is the large white dome building on campus. An interactive map of Northern Arizona University is provided at http://nau.edu/Commencement/Traffic-Map/if you need further directions or would like to check out other buildings on campus. Also note directions from popular areas include:

Approaching from I-40 W (Albuquerque)
  • Take exit 195 and merge onto I-17 North
  • In less than a mile, take exit 341 for McConnell Dr.
  • Follow the on-campus prompts for directions and traffic flow
  • Approaching from I-40 E (Los Angeles and Kingman)
  • Take exit 195 toward AZ 89A/Phoenix/Flagstaff, then merge onto I-17 N
  • From there, take exit 341 for McConnell Dr.
  • Follow the on-campus prompts for directions and traffic flow
  • Approaching from I-17 N (Phoenix)
  • Take exit 341 for McConnell Dr.
  • Follow the on-campus prompts for direction and traffic flow


  •   Schedule of commencement ceremonies is as follows:

    Ceremony 1: Friday, May 13, 2016, 12:00 p.m.
    This commencement ceremony is for candidates for the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degree in:

  • Education
  • Arts and Letters
  • Ceremony 2: Friday, May 13, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
    This commencement ceremony is for candidates for the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degree in:

  • Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
  • Extended Campuses
  • Ceremony 3: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

    This commencement ceremony is for candidates for the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degree in:

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • University College
  • Ceremony 4: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
    This commencement ceremony is for candidates for the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degree in:

  • Health and Human Services
  • The W. A. Franke College of Business
  • *Fall Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016*
    Parking

    If you have ever been to NAU before you will already know how frustrating parking can get. The main parking lots on south campus include the Dome parking lot and South commuter. Either one of these parking lots are accessible by foot or bus to the ceremonies. South commuter is the farther of the two. For more information on traffic flow check out http://nau.edu/Commencement/Traffic-Map/ for a helpful map.


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