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NAACO boasts a membership of nearly 300 educational institutions with more than 1,000 individual representatives from throughout Canada and the United States.

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, including:

  • Networking
  • Information Resources
  • Professional Development
  • Online Discussion Forum
  • Annual Conference
  • North American Membership Directory
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • 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. Through the NAACO forum, regional meetings, hot topics and Annual Conferences, members and industry leaders provide best practices regarding items such as:

  • 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
  • And much more…

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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.


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
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