NAACO proudly presents a variety of networking and growth-oriented opportunities throughout the year designed to build member knowledge, solutions, and connections. With each and every commencement and convocation ceremony, there are challenges, solutions, innovative ideas, and opportunities for growth. NAACO events allow for both seasoned and novice industry professionals to come together, collaborate, and elevate each other’s ceremonies with bright ideas, fresh perspectives, and invaluable experience.

Annual Conference

Once a year, NAACO members come together to celebrate the professional rapport and camaraderie we share with our commencement and convocation officer colleagues at the NAACO Annual Conference. NAACO members connect at the conference to sharpen leadership skills, gain dynamic professional insights, and share new ideas with peers through abundant professional development and networking opportunities.


Annual 2024 Conference
February 12–14, 2024 (Fort Worth, TX) 

Hot Topic Calls

Networking with colleagues isn’t just reserved for the Annual Conference and regional events. NAACO provides professional development opportunities throughout the year via its Hot Topic Call roundtable series. This members-only benefit allows for professionals across North America to connect virtually and engage with one another, share best practices, and contribute experiences that support commencement and ceremony professionals in all stages of their career.

Regional Meetings

Have you been looking for professional development opportunities in your geographic area that address your unique concerns as a commencement/convocation organizer? Regional meetings are one-day events hosted by NAACO members with support from the board. Through roundtable discussions and presentations these meetings offer opportunities for networking with neighboring institutions where convocation/commencement professionals pose questions, brainstorm solutions, and share best practices with fellow NAACO members.

Interested in hosting a NAACO Regional Meeting?

There are many benefits to hosting a Regional Meeting with NAACO.

  • Share “best practices” with colleagues from neighboring institutions.
  • Be seen as a leader and catalyst for building community and expanding the information pool for your colleagues.
  • Showcase your facilities by hosting colleagues at your institution.
  • Help generate regional solutions to region-specific issues and challenges.

NAACO Code of Conduct

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