2015 Golden Graduate Reunion

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Every May, we honor our Lumberjacks on the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Affectionately named, these "Golden Graduates" are a testament to the spirit and strength of our alumni. We invite all graduates from the Class of 1965 to join us for the festivities.

Invitation Letter and Registration Form

View the 1965 Golden Graduate Invitation Letter from Georgette Vigil, Director of Alumni Relations, then be sure to download the Registration Form to sign up.
To make payment online, please visit: nau.edu/goldengrads65

Lost Alumni List

Believe it or not, we've lost track of some graduates from the Class of 1965 during the past 50 years! View a list of the missing alumni, and send us an update if you have any information to share about reconnecting with these individuals.

View a list of reunion attendees
  • Don Aycock
  • Larry Barman
  • Art Besser
  • Nancy (Davis) Parent
  • Pat Dunford
  • JoAn Fries
  • Ray Gillespie
  • Doug Knox
  • Jo (Ipnar) Lucarz
  • Alice McCarthy
  • Patty (McLain) Lombardi
  • Jim Matson
  • Beth (Mays) Villegas
  • Sara (Redman) Besser
  • Don Reimer
  • Ronda (Smith) O'Neill
  • Charles David Renquest 
  • Mary Beth (Wagner) Moore
  • Donna (White) Manship
View a list of those who will appear in the yearbook
  • Jacqueline (Antonio) Poncho
  • Susan (Bixby) Halford
  • Marilyn (Bjers) McPhail
  • Barry Callaway
  • Jesse Dingman
  • Martin Eaton
  • Jean (Elder) Dingman
  • Yvette Gehant
  • Phyllis (Gibson) Divoky
  • Rudy Gonzales
  • Mark Kalin
  • Sam Kaplan
  • Sammy Lafon
  • Patricia (McKee) McCollaum
  • Ruben Reyes
  • Suzie (Splane) Hawkins
  • Carolyn (Smith) Hoffmeyer
  • Janice (Sterzing) McGrath
  • Sharon Super

Hotel Accommodations

We have a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Flagstaff for May 7, 8 & 9, 2015 under the group name of  NAU Golden Grads Class of 1965.  Make your reservation online at: bit.ly/GoldenGrads2015 or call the hotel directly at 928-774-5800.  Or you can view a list of Flagstaff hotels for help in planning your room accommodations. 

Reunion Itinerary

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hotel & Reunion Check-in: 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Please plan to meet in the lobby of the Courtyard Flagstaff at 3 p.m. to receive your reunion materials and cap & gown. Hotel check in begins at 3 p.m. If you arrive before then, check with the hotel staff to see if your room is ready for an early check-in. If you are staying at a different location, plan to meet at the hotel at the times indicated below as this will be the departure and return location for reunion bus transportation.

Campus Bus Tour:  4:15-5:15 p.m. 

The bus departs from the Courtyard Flagstaff promptly at 4:15 p.m. for a guided tour of the NAU Campus and all of its growth in the last 50 years. 

Cline Library Special Collections Tour & Reception: 5:15-7:30 p.m.

Following the campus tour the bus will take you to the Cline Library. There we have planned an exclusive reception in the Special Collections and Archives area with guided tours of the library. The bus will drive you to the hotel following this event.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Commencement: 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Meet in the hotel lobby dressed for commencement. The bus will leave promptly at 7:45 a.m. to escort you to the Skydome where you will be professionally photographed before the 9 a.m. commencement begins. Golden Graduates will lead the procession and be seated in the front row with the Class of 2015 graduates. Your spouses and guests will be seated in a designated area near you on the Skydome floor.

Please note: If your are not planning to stay at your hotel on Saturday night, you must check out of your room at the designated time on Saturday morning. You will need to store your belongings with the concierge or in your vehicle. The bus will return to the Courtyard Flagstaff Hotel following the reunion luncheon.

Class Photo: 11:15-11:30 a.m.

After commencement, the bus will take you to the outside stairs of Old Main. It has been a tradition of the Office of Alumni Relations to capture the Golden Graduates in their regalia for a class photo for future alumni publication. Following the photo you can remove your gowns before boarding the bus to take you to enjoy the reunion luncheon at the Cline Library.

Reunion Luncheon: Jean Collins Reading Room, Cline Library 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy lunch followed by a small presentation from Georgette Vigil, Director of Alumni Relations and an opportunity to share memories. The bus will return you to the hotel afterward ending the Class of 1965 reunion.

This Itinerary is tentative and subject to little changes!

Things to know:  The bus will be the transportation to and from the reunion activities; it will drive to the Skydome floor to drop off and pick up at commencement. You can safely leave your belongings on the locked bus during events.

Dress code: Of course Flagstaff/business comfort, casual slacks, shirt, sweater, sport-coat, tie, comfortable shoes, comfortable outfit, classy and sassy. Day of contact phone is Beth’s 928-380-4408

ASC/NAU Oral History Project

Dr. Gary Emanuel, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership has established an Oral History Project.  This oral history project is focused on collecting oral histories from graduates and faculty of Arizona State College/Northern Arizona University. The target audience includes graduates and faculty of the College of Education from 1960-1969. As the project has grown, the oral histories of the graduates and faculty have come from all faculty and graduates during the years 1934-1979. As of May 27, 2010, 73 interviews were completed with 53 housed on the web site, ascnauoralhistoryproject.pbworks.com

Learn more and sign up to participate by downloading the Oral History Project Form.

Last Year's Photos

2014 Golden Graduates

View photos from the 2014 Golden Graduate Commencement - Class of 1964 Reunion.