CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
WITH MEMBERS IN MIND

NAACO is proud to offer members an exclusive opportunity to participate in the Certificate Program in Academic Ceremonies. Offered exclusively at the NAACO Annual Conference, the mission of the certificate program is to help participants reach their highest potential by recognizing, teaching, training, and promoting excellence in Academic Ceremonies; and providing a process to access the knowledge and skills necessary to provide University and College stakeholders with exemplary ceremonies while upholding tradition and honoring the host institutions.

The NAACO Certificate Program in Academic Ceremonies is designed to be a tool for professional development among ceremony officers. Those new to the field will have the opportunity to cover a wide range of basics and return to their campuses with information to advance both their ceremonies and their professional standing. More experienced ceremony officers will enjoy the emphasis on special topics and more in-depth presentations on event issues offered in the second year of programming. Previous topics have included accessibility, sustainability, leadership, speechwriting and new technology.

The program has been designed for academic ceremonies professionals at all stages of their careers and is presented in two tracks. Track 1 covers basic topics, appealing to those with 2-3 years of experience, but also allows more seasoned professionals the opportunity to reflect on their ceremonies and traditions. Track 2 delves into more advanced topics and is especially interesting for those who have 5+ years of experience in their careers, but also challenges those with less time in their roles to look at ways to grow their ceremonies and their own professional practice.

Program Requirements

Track 1
• Attend the certificate orientation session at the annual NAACO conference
• Attend three educational sessions, earmarked for Track 1 of the certificate program, at the annual NAACO conference
• Read Academic Ceremonies: A Handbook of Traditions and Protocol by April L. Harris
• Read through and answer all questions in the Track 1 workbook
• Complete three online past sessions and their accompanying worksheets

Track 2
• Attend the certificate orientation session at the annual NAACO conference
• Attend three educational sessions, earmarked for Track 2 of the certificate program, at the annual NAACO conference
• Read a variety of resources as indicated in the workbook
• Read through and answer all questions in the Track 2 workbook
• Identify a book or other resource whose topic pertains to academic ceremonies or the important aspects of being part of the campus community and write ten review questions; this work will be used to update and broaden the Certificate Program in the coming years
• Assist in the planning of a regional event or Hot Topics call, or write an article for The Mace newsletter

To learn more, please visit the Annual Conference page
or email certificate@naaco.org

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