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12/11/2012 9:50:00 PM
NAU adjusts Friday commencement times for weather

FLAGSTAFF - With a snowstorm predicted to arrive Thursday night, Northern Arizona University is changing its plans for commencement on Friday, Dec. 14, in order to create a safer experience for graduates and their families. Friday's 9 a.m. ceremony now will move to 10 a.m., while the ceremonies scheduled for 1 and 5 p.m. are being combined into one ceremony at 3 p.m.

"Out of consideration for everyone's travel plans, we feel that it's important to keep commencement on Friday," said NAU President John Haeger. "At the same time, we urge all those who are traveling, especially by car, to check the forecast updates and be as safe as possible." Those driving to and around Flagstaff should allow plenty of time to travel and should plan to dress appropriately for snowy conditions. Both ceremonies will be held in the Skydome. Some changes to familiar parking and traffic patterns may be encountered, but signage, NAU staff and volunteers will guide visitors to the venue, and shuttles will run from outlying lots to the ceremonies. Commencement ceremonies are now scheduled as follows:

Friday, Dec. 14 10a.m.

This ceremony is for undergraduate students in:

• The College of Arts and Letters

• The College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences

• The College of Health and Human Services

• The W.A. Franke College of Business

• University College

3 p.m.

This ceremony is for graduate students in all colleges, and for undergraduate students in the following:

• The College of Education

• The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

• Extended campuses.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Right On!

Thank goodness for this common-sense decision! As we all know, it almost NEVER snows in Flagstaff. No one would know what to do during such a tragic (forecast) snowfall that hasn't (and may not) even happen. Kudos to you for your sensible decision! How have we survived this long without you? Better yet, it may be best to move all events to June and provide a police escort for everyone. I feel safer already!

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