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.
- Networking and information resources
- Professional development opportunities
- NAACO online Discussion Forum
- Annual Conference
- North American membership directory
- Leadership opportunities
An Advanced Degree of Excellence
NAACO is your connection for continuing education, best practices, professional camaraderie, academic ceremony trends and solutions to the challenges that all members share as we nurture the institutions, students and alumni we so proudly and passionately serve.
- New member education
- 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
Managing the Graduation Experience
As the diligent diviners of 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.
The Difference Between Members and Affiliates
NAACO members are colleges and universities. Individuals employed by those institutions who have academic ceremony planning responsibilities are eligible to be affiliate members at no additional cost or limit to their number.