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!

 

 

 

Where to Stay in Flagstaff for NAU Graduation

When choosing a hotel to stay at during the NAU graduation festivities, consider your activities, what part of town they'll be taking place, and whether you'll want to just park you car once or deal with moving your car often (the struggle is real when it comes to parking in Flagstaff). Hotels in Flagstaff range from close to campus to away from all the hustle and bustle of the graduation scene. You can find a full list of hotels that fit your needs in our Where to Stay section or you can just go directly to hotels Near NAU.

Things to Do

Flagstaff is a wonderful place to spend quality time with your graduating student. A stroll through the downtown area will bring you past many fantastic restaurants and local hangouts. Check out Flagstaff restaurants. If an outdoor adventure is what you seek, there are wonderful hikes, mountain biking trails, stand up paddle boarding, fishing and so much more! From museums to adventure tours, you'll find something extraordinary to do on our things to do in Flagstaff section.

Getting There

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

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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