Networking amongst colleagues isn’t just reserved for the Annual Conference and regional events. NAACO maintains its promise to provide ongoing professional development opportunities by offering the Hot Topics Calls roundtable series throughout the year. This member benefit allows for members across North America to connect virtually from the comfort of their office or home to engage with one another, share best practices, and contribute experiences that support Commencement and Ceremony professionals in all stages of their career. The strength of NAACO lies in its members, who support each other by sharing their own successes and challenges.

NAACO Code of Conduct
The NAACO Board has approved a new code of conduct for all meetings both virtual and in person. Please view the code here.

View upcoming Hot Topic Calls on our Event Calendar


Elevating Your Commencement Social Media Plan – Social media is more than just a tool to disseminate information. Learn how to implement social media to build two-way communication and create an effective social media editorial plan by identifying target audiences and making social media accessible to all.

Diversity and Inclusion – Diversity and inclusion are popular buzzwords, especially academic circles. Moderator Jeanie Gunn from the University of Victoria shared her experiences with how the University of Victoria has worked to make convocation ceremonies more inclusive and diverse. Participants shared examples from their institutions as well.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Venues – The venue sets the tone for all events, including academic ceremonies. James Cuaresma from California State University, Los Angeles, shared the pros and cons of outdoor vs indoor locations and how the venue change impacted the university’s planning, timeline, and the experience for students and guests. 

It Matters to That One – Event planning is organization, innovation, problem solving, and creativity, all founded upon providing the utmost in service excellence. Through this call, participants shared some hallmarks of service excellence.