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August 20, 2015
New NAACO President Lisa Walker Takes Reign

December 18, 2014
NAACO’s 2015 Annual Conference Puts Spotlight on Event Production and Work/Life Balance

September 17, 2014
New NAACO President Lois Ferguson Takes Reign

August 29, 2014
Philadelphia Magazine – Temple University Football to Honor Lewis Katz

August 28, 2014
OWLSPORTS – Temple University Athletics – Temple Football Honors Lewis Katz with Commemorative Patches

August 17, 2014
Courier-Post – Late Katz Named Best Commencement Speaker

August 10, 2014
In the Capital – NAACO Names John Hopkins Speaker and YouTube CEO Top Speakers

August 9, 2014
The News-Gazette – Mike Hopkins’s Address Named One of the Nation’s Best

August 5, 2014
HUB – Susan Wojcicki’s JHU Commencement Address One of 2014’s Most Inspiring

August 4, 2014
PhilaU – Nick Christian ’14 Selected Along with President Obama as a Top Commencement Speaker

August 4, 2014
CBS 2 News Chicago at 5:00AM – NAACO Lists Michael Hopkins as Top Commencement Speaker

August 3, 2014
Philly.com – Katz Feted for Temple Speech

August 1, 2014
Press Release – NAACO Members Weigh-In on Best Commencement Speakers of the Season

August 1, 2014
Penn News – Lewis Katz Recognized as Top 2014 Commencement Speaker

August 1, 2014
Philly.com – Lewis Katz Recognized as Top 2014 Commencement Speaker

August 1, 2014
Chicago Tribune – Astronaut Sky High on List of Best Graduation Speakers

August 1, 2014
Temple University – Lewis Katz’s Unforgettable Temple Graduation Speech Named Nation’s Best

May 27, 2014
Philly.com – At Penn Graduations, A Dearth of Female Speakers

May 2014
Smart Meetings – Tips to Manage Stress When Planning Events

March 20, 2014
Four Tips to Manage Stress During Commencement Season

January/February 2014
Connect – NAACO Annual Conference

November 20, 2013
NAACO’s 14th Annual Conference to Honor the Past and Inspire the Future

September 17, 2013
USAE – NAACO Announces New President, Linda Bekerian, Northeastern University

September 5, 2013
NAACO Announces Linda Bekerian, Northeastern University, as New President and Board of Directors

July 11, 2013
Commencement’s Over, Now What?

July 2013
Association News – How New Technologies are Being Use to Engage Attendees at Meetings and Events

July 2013
Sports Travel – How New Technologies are Being Use to Engage Attendees at Meetings and Events

May-June 2013
Connect – NAACO Annual Conference

May 14, 2013
American School and University – The Greening of Commencement Ceremonies

April 17, 2013
Three Technological Trends to Embrace, Encourage and Engage Attendees at Commencement

March 19, 2013
USAE – NAACO 2013 Annual Conference

November 30, 2012
NAACO Annual Conference Spells Commencement with a “Capital C”

November 2012
University Affairs – Susan Durkee Named President of NAACO

August 15, 2012
Concordia University News – Susan Durkee Appointed President of NAACO

August 9, 2012
New NAACO Board Takes Reign

June 1, 2012
How Does Your Setting Affect Your Graduation Plan?

May-June 2012
Connect – NAACO Annual Conference

May 5, 2012
Smart Meetings – NAACO Annual Conference

May 4, 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education – Pomp, Circumstance, and the People Who Make It All Happen

May 1, 2012
American School and University – Tips to Ensure Effective Commencement and Convocation Preparation

May 2012
American School and University – Secure Ceremonies: Tips to Ensure Effective Commencement and Convocation Preparation

April 29, 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education – Pomp, Circumstance, and the People Who Make It All Happen

January 16, 2012
NAACO Annual Conference to Foster Collaborations and Connections

November 29, 2011
USAE News – NAACO Partners with CMA

November 22, 2011
NAACO Invests in Strategic Growth Initiative to Enhance Member Value

Member Benefits

ASSOCIATING WITH NAACO HAS ITS BENEFITS

NAACO has membership throughout Canada and the United States of over 300 educational institutions and more than 1,000 individuals from these member institutions.

NAACO members benefit from a myriad of commencement and convocation planning resources for professional development, knowledge exchange, peer networking and opportunities for gaining new insights and fresh perspectives.

  • Networking and information resources
  • Professional development opportunities
  • NAACO online Discussion Forum
  • Annual Conference
  • North American membership directory
  • Leadership opportunities
  • NAACO online Member Community

Through NAACO, our members connect with colleagues who share the multi-faceted responsibility of orchestrating meaningful commencements, convocations and other institutional ceremonies to nurture powerful emotional bonds between our institutions and students, parents, alumni and donors.

An advanced degree of excellence

NAACO is your connection for continuing education, professional camaraderie and academic event trends and solutions to the challenges that all members share as we nurture the institutions, students and alumni we so proudly and passionately serve.

  • New member education
  • Crisis communications and planning
  • Etiquette and protocol
  • Special ceremonies
  • Special needs of disabled students
  • Volunteer management
  • Celebrating with distance learners
  • Graduation fairs
  • Privacy issues
  • Interactive digital event marketing
Managing the graduation experience

As the diviners of diverse academic ceremonies, our members leverage NAACO resources as assets to help them best manage the seemingly endless details of a well orchestrated graduation. This is particularly beneficial for commencement and convocation professionals who often single-handedly shoulder the monumental responsibilities of managing trouble-free and memorable ceremonies.

Among the many challenges of graduation planning is striking a delicate balance between ceremony and celebration, formality and festivity. NAACO members take advantage of opportunities to enrich their skills so that the ceremonies they create truly capture and reflect the cultural tenor and academic spirit of their institutions.

The difference between members and affiliates

Membership in NAACO is limited to colleges and universities. Individuals employed by institutions who are members of NAACO and have academic ceremony planning responsibilities can become affiliate members under their institution’s membership at no additional cost. Each institution can have an unlimited number of affiliate members. To learn more about affiliate membership contact NAACO at info@NAACO.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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