A HIGHER DEGREE OF EXCELLENCE

IN ACADEMIC CEREMONIES

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WHY NAACO

The mission of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) is to establish, foster and promote the highest possible standards of excellence for the creation and execution of commencement, convocation and other academic ceremonies through the education and professional development of individuals charged with leadership, planning, oversight and implementation at post-secondary educational institutions.

TESTIMONIALS

  • April L. Harris

    NAACO is the go-to resource for expert advice on interpreting our cherished academic traditions and keeping them relevant for each new generation. The professional friendships and information sharing among those who inhabit the world of academic ceremonies is invaluable.

    April L. Harris Associate Vice President,The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Jeanie Gunn

    Throughout the years, one of the most valuable benefits I’ve discovered by being a member of NAACO is the ability to phone or email a “NAACO colleague,” asking for advice or to learn about a particular university or college’s practice with regards to convocation.  The networking opportunities I’ve gained through attending the conference have also been extremely beneficial.

    Jeanie Gunn Manager, Convocation and Events, University of Victoria
  • Monica Nelson

    NAACO has a great network of commencement officers who throughout my six years as a member have become my friends. I have relied on them to learn best practices, I know I can call them the weekend of my ceremony with an emergency question, and they have introduced me to new vendors and enhancements. Being a member of NAACO has allowed me to take my ceremonies to the next level.

    Monica Nelson Senior Manager, University Events , Walden University

UPCOMING EVENTS

Hot Topics Call: The Making of a Commencement Program

Join moderators Kim Cummins and Jenny Kraus-Smith for a discussion about graduation/convocation programs. Jenny will discuss the main program for Washington University in St. Louis, and Kim will talk about the program used for the recognition ceremony for the McKelvey School of Engineering. What information is included? How is it determined whose names can be listed? Electronic or paper? Souvenir or throw away? Hear about the factors which influence our decisions at the university level and the school level. There will also be time for you to share your institution’s strategies and challenges.

Canada-East Regional Meeting at Sheridan College

The regional one-day event is available for both members and non-members and provides an opportunity for regional commencement professionals to gather and learn from one another.

US-Northeast Regional Meeting at MGH Institute of Health Professions

The regional one-day event is available for both members and non-members and provides an opportunity for regional commencement professionals to gather and learn from one another.

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