For Faculty

Commencement will be held in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, please see the Commencement Schedule for college specific details.  Guest seating at commencement is open (non-reserved), but we request you invite no more than 10 guests to the ceremony. Tickets are not required.

Where should I go?

The faculty will assemble in the staging area with their college and will be seated with the college students.  Backpacks and large purses/bags will not be permitted in the staging area or on the Skydome floor.  

What should I wear?

Please wear academic attire, including headwear. Marshals will direct you for the processional and seating. Only faculty in full academic attire will be permitted to march in the procession and be seated in the section reserved for faculty.

Faculty without access to academic attire may rent a cap, gown, and hood for the ceremony by placing their orders directly through Herff Jones or by contacting the Northern Arizona University Bookstore (928-523-4041 or 1-800-426-7674).

Share your stories

As commencement approaches, Northern Arizona University would love to tell stories of student achievement and the role of faculty in those success stories to the local news media during this time of celebration.  

We encourage you to contact the Office of Public Affairs with ideas regarding students who have a story to be told, whether it is overcoming great obstacles or conducting significant research during his or her time at NAU. The team is interested in hearing from you in order to communicate these stories to the media.

Please send your story ideas to or contact (928) 523-2282

Disability accommodations

For individuals with disabilities needing reasonable accommodation for commencement or other questions related to commencement accessibility please contact the Equity and Access Office at 928-523-3312 or