NAU GRADUATION VISITOR INFO

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 any parent's life! It's a time to celebrate and share this great accomplishment with them! Graduation is typically a hectic and chaotic weekend, so here are some tips to help plan the logistics and navigate the area.

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. If you're coming with a lot of family, getting a Flagstaff vacation home might be your best bet.

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 below 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 Graduation Traffic Map.

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HOTELS & DINING NEAR NAU

Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff Getaway
Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff Getaway
Escape to Flagstaff and enjoy the perfect weather, beauty and DEALS with our Buy 3 nights, get 50% off your 4th night! Book now for stays through July 2, 2020!
8.6
302 reviews
Bandera Craft Tacos
Bandera Craft Tacos
Southwest/Mexican craft tacos offering family-style dishes, deliver and take-out at this time.
4.0
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Stay Longer Save More
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Stay Longer Save More
Escape to the Fairfield Inn Flagstaff and enjoy the perfect weather and MAJOR DEALS with our Buy 3 nights, get 50% off your 4th night! Book now for stays through July 2, 2020! Just use Promo code: LPR
9.2
244 reviews
The Toasted Owl Cafe
The Toasted Owl Cafe
The Toasted Owl is Flagstaff's best breakfast and lunch! We have delicious breakfast and lunch options, including vegan and vegetarian breakfast and lunch!
4.5
Hops On Birch
Hops On Birch
Laid-back saloon offering a changing beer selection & live bands in a rustic-chic backdrop.
Pato Thai
Pato Thai
PaTo Thai is a Thai restaurant in Flagstaff, Arizona. We are proud to provide you an authentic Thai cuisine, deliver the fresh and inspiring ingredients to make sure every plate receives a satisfied blend of flavor..
4.5
Flagstaff Brewing Company
Flagstaff Brewing Company
Flagstaff Brewing Company provides a casual and friendly atmosphere, which anyone should expect from a genuine brewpub. Nestled in the heart of downtown Flagstaff, we share the patio with our own Flagstaff Coffee Company. So sit back, enjoy a coffee drink or pull up a pint, order some dele
Flagstaff Brewing Company provides a casual and friendly atmosphere, which anyone should expect from a genuine brewpub. Nestled in the heart of downtown Flagstaff, we share the patio with our own Flagstaff Coffee Company. So sit back, enjoy a coffee drink or pull up a pint, order some delectables from our kitchen, and take pleasure in the casual pub atmosphere of FBC.
4.0
Dara Thai
Dara Thai
Dara Thai Restaurant was opened in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1992. They have been an appreciated part of the community, as they were the first Thai restaurant in Flagstaff. With multiple Best of Flagstaff Awards won over the years, Dara Thai continues to serve great and innovative cuisine in
Dara Thai Restaurant was opened in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1992. They have been an appreciated part of the community, as they were the first Thai restaurant in Flagstaff. With multiple Best of Flagstaff Awards won over the years, Dara Thai continues to serve great and innovative cuisine in a cozy and pleasant atmosphere. Dara Thai also has restaurants all over the Southwest in Sante Fe and Taos New Mexico, as well as in Williams and Anthem Arizona.
4.0
Pizzicletta
Pizzicletta
We make neapolitan pizza, made to order with only fresh ingredients. Gelato is made in house, from scratch. We serve regional beers & food-friendly wines.
4.5
Nimarco's Pizza
Nimarco's Pizza
3 convenient locations: Downtown, Eastside and Westside! Pizza joint with lunch specials, by-the-slice or whole-pie options, & creative topping combinations.
4.5
Diablo Burger
Diablo Burger
Every db burger is made from 6 oz. of 100% local, open range-raised, antibiotic-free and growth-hormone free beef from the diablo trust ranches, char-broiled & served on a signature handmade, preservative-free, branded mj’s english muffin, with seasonal greens, tomato, pickle, and our db
Every db burger is made from 6 oz. of 100% local, open range-raised, antibiotic-free and growth-hormone free beef from the diablo trust ranches, char-broiled & served on a signature handmade, preservative-free, branded mj’s english muffin, with seasonal greens, tomato, pickle, and our db frites (really good, belgian-style fries).
4.0
Lumberyard Brewing Company
Lumberyard Brewing Company
Lumberyard Brewing Company is right in the heart of downtown Flagstaff in one of the last standing buildings from Flagstaff's Lumber Era. This community hub is great for a pint of craft beer brewed on-premise and a great burger while you overlook downtown Flagstaff and the San Francisco P
Lumberyard Brewing Company is right in the heart of downtown Flagstaff in one of the last standing buildings from Flagstaff's Lumber Era. This community hub is great for a pint of craft beer brewed on-premise and a great burger while you overlook downtown Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks.
4.0
Aloha Hawaiian BBQ
Aloha Hawaiian BBQ
Your favorite Hawaiian Restaurant. Family-friendly, great Hawaiian food at a great price.
4.0
Shift
Shift
Bright, casual locale showcasing a seasonal menu of artful American small plates & craft cocktails.
5.0
Karma Sushi
Karma Sushi
Karma Sushi Bar Grill serves it up: fresh, beautiful and delicious sushi, plus grilled items and cocktails in the hip, casual setting of one of downtown Flagstaff's best restaurants. And we're not the only ones who think so: Karma Sushi Bar Grill is consistently voted "Best Sushi" in Flags
Karma Sushi Bar Grill serves it up: fresh, beautiful and delicious sushi, plus grilled items and cocktails in the hip, casual setting of one of downtown Flagstaff's best restaurants. And we're not the only ones who think so: Karma Sushi Bar Grill is consistently voted "Best Sushi" in Flagstaff by readers of the Arizona Daily Sun. Every one of our dishes is hand-made in the moment by our masterful chefs. Our grill menu will please even non-sushi fans. Stocked with all your favorite spirits, the bar is staffed by our knowledgeable and inventive mixologists.
4.5
MartAnne's Burrito Palace
MartAnne's Burrito Palace
A local favorite! Open 7 days a week!! Breakfast served all day, now serving Alcohol! Viva Chilaquiles!!
4.5
Dark Sky Brewing
Dark Sky Brewing
Micro-Brewery pushing the limits on flavor & style combinations with over 500 different recipes to date. Established 2014 in Flagstaff, Arizona ~ the World’s 1st Dark Sky City!
4.5
Rendezvous Coffee House/Martini Bar
Rendezvous Coffee House/Martini Bar

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Romantic, intimate, warm and inviting, the elegant atmosphere of Rendezvous will excite all your senses as you discover the colorful culture of Historic Downtown Flagstaff. Enjoy the house-installed custom bar fashioned from local alligator juniper. Our seasonal c

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Romantic, intimate, warm and inviting, the elegant atmosphere of Rendezvous will excite all your senses as you discover the colorful culture of Historic Downtown Flagstaff. Enjoy the house-installed custom bar fashioned from local alligator juniper. Our seasonal cocktail menu features house made bitters, syrups, shrubs, tonic, pickled vegetables and brandied cherries. Citrus juices are squeezed daily. The Rendezvous also features an extensive and classy selection of liquor and rotating taps from several local brewers. We use as much fresh and local produce as possible to infuse unique high desert flavors to our expertly crafted cocktails.
4.0
Tinderbox Kitchen
Tinderbox Kitchen
Contemporary locale serving a variety of American comfort-food dishes with a twist, plus cocktails.
4.5
Uptown Pubhouse
Uptown Pubhouse

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Flagstaff's only real Irish pub. For two decades now, people have come in to share a conversation, the day's news, talk about an issue, hear a poet, listen to a singer, and enjoy the finest beer and whiskey selection in town.
4.5
FLG Terroir
FLG Terroir
FLG Terroir is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. We specialize in small boutique wines from throughout the world in all price categories. Our list is over 500 labels, which makes us one of the best wine bars in Flagstaff with an assortment of choices for your experience. We offer 30
FLG Terroir is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. We specialize in small boutique wines from throughout the world in all price categories. Our list is over 500 labels, which makes us one of the best wine bars in Flagstaff with an assortment of choices for your experience. We offer 30 wines by the glass and a great selection of bottled beers with a focus in Belgian Ales. Our Scratch kitchen features many small plates, paninis, salads, charcuterie, oysters and house-made ice creams.
4.5
Lotus Lounge
Lotus Lounge
Chic pan-Asian cuisine including sushi rolls, udon bowls and modern Asian dishes.
4.0
Mozelle's Downtown Bakery
Mozelle's Downtown Bakery
Open for pick up and delivery Tuesday-Sunday 7:30 -4 pastries, cookies and special orders daily!!!
4.0
Tourist Home
Tourist Home
Bright cafe & bakery with counter service doling out fresh pastries, soups, salads, coffee & beer.
5.0
Swaddee Thai Cuisine
Swaddee Thai Cuisine
Thai curries, soups & satay are dished out in this sumptuously upholstered, brick-walled scene.
4.0
Fratelli Pizza
Fratelli Pizza
Welcome to FRATELLI PIZZA, where we bake pizzas the RIGHT way - in a stone deck oven. No conveyer belts here! Every Fratelli Pizza starts i's life as home made dough right here in our kitchen and is then proofed to perfection, hand tossed, mated with the freshest ingredients & baked to cri
Welcome to FRATELLI PIZZA, where we bake pizzas the RIGHT way - in a stone deck oven. No conveyer belts here! Every Fratelli Pizza starts i's life as home made dough right here in our kitchen and is then proofed to perfection, hand tossed, mated with the freshest ingredients & baked to crispy, golden perfection. Our housemade pizza sauce uses only tomatoes from Stanislaus County, California. We searched high and low until we found the best Wisconsin whole milk mozzarella and were sure you’ll agree. Our methods might take a little longer, but is one of the reasons our pies are super tasty. Your patience will be rewarded with the best pizza available in Flagstaff.
4.5

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