Spring 2016 Recognition Celebrations and Commencement

Posted: Saturday, May 28th 2016 at 3:31 PM

Several recognition events took place as the Spring 2016 semester came to a close, celebrating our students and their accomplishments.

Outstanding Seniors were recognized at an award luncheon on May 6, 2016. The following students received this honor:

  • Kayla Mayfield, Accountancy
  • Allie McClaskey, Computer Information Systems
  • Brendan Moore, Economics
  • Trevor Korsten, Finance
  • Noelle Francois, Hotel & Restaurant Management
  • Alexander Hayes, Management
  • Mariam Laasraoui, Marketing

The Business Leadership Program (BLP) held their year-end reception on May 6, 2016 as well. The event was a combined convocation and reception to celebrate the graduation of the second spring BLP cohort, BLP Year 3.

Business Leadership Program graduating cohort 2016 on the steps of the Franke main foyer
Business Leadership Program graduating cohort 2016

On May 12, 2016, the NAU Veteran Success Center hosted the 6th annual Spring Convocation event. Twenty-five graduating Veterans attended. The students being recognized primarily graduated from the Flagstaff Mountain Campus, however a number of Extended Campus students made the trip from all over the state. Each of the veterans being recognized received their Graduation Stole and a military challenge coin. NAU President Rita Cheng, also in attendance, was invited as the key note speaker to address those in attendance and congratulate the Veteran Students on their success. Bernadine Lewis, director of FCB Undergraduate Programs called out the names and gave a bit of background on each student at they received their stole and coin.

NAU Veterans Convocation 2016 group photo
NAU Veterans Convocation 2016

Laurie Jordon, coordinator of the FCB Veteran Student Center, who played a role in coordinating the event, said, "The Veterans Convocation is an excellent way to recognize the military service of our student veterans as well as the accomplishment of transitioning successfully from military life to higher education and attaining their degree. I thought they did an excellent job this year making it 100% focused on the success of these students and the positive contributions they bring to NAU."

On May 14, 2016, a morning reception was held at the High Country Conference Center for our graduating MBA candidates (see video, right).

At 2PM on May 14, commencement was held at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome (see processional video, right).

President Rita Cheng conferred degrees to 543 FCB business and School of Hotel and Restaurant Management undergraduates and 34 MBA candidates. Afterwards, under dramatic skies, they joined family and friends to celebrate their new status as NAU Alumni.

Go, Lumberjacks!


Graduates by degree

Business Leadership Program graduates

NAU Veteran graduates


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