A HIGHER DEGREE OF EXCELLENCE

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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: MANAGING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE AT CONVOCATION

Moderator Beth Sanders leads a discussion on getting graduates to where they need to go on their commencement/convocation day. Beth will share how Laurier gathers, lines up, seats and processes the graduates across the stage. She will share their pre-ceremony presentation and how they utilize volunteer convocation ambassadors and marshals. There will also be time for you to share your institution’s strategies and challenges.

US-Southwest Regional Meeting at California State University, Los Angeles

The regional conference will focus on Commencement debrief. Debriefs produce a list of what worked, what didn’t, and what relevant people want to see at your next ceremony. However it also is a catalyst for change and innovation. The one day conference will share insights on debrief management, and properly addressing past issues and/or concerns.

NAACO Annual Conference 2020

Each year, NAACO members come together to celebrate the professional rapport and camaraderie we share with our fellow commencement and convocation colleagues at the NAACO Annual Conference. Join us to sharpen leadership skills, gain dynamic professional insights, and share new ideas with your peers through abundant professional development and networking opportunities. Registration opens July 2019. 

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