All faculty have made a substantial impact on the graduates. It would be a wonderful honor for them to have you present during their special day. Faculty are required to attend the commencement ceremony, even if your department will not be graduating any students.


Graduation Shout Outs
Faculty are also invited to send a special shout out to an individual graduate, graduates of their program or all graduates. Follow the link below to submit your congratulatory remarks:
Graduation Shout Out Form


Faculty are also required to wear academic regalia for the commencement ceremony. Faculty are responsible for renting or purchasing their own caps and gowns, as needed.


All faculty, especially the Faculty Hooders, are encouraged to attend one of the following rehearsals:

  • November 30th, 2017 at 2:00PM in the NTU Wellness Center
  • December 8th, 2017 at 10:00AM in the NTU Wellness Center
  • December 8th, 2017 at 2:00PM in the NTU Wellness Center

The rehearsal is your opportunity to ask questions and voice your conerns


Commencement Ceremony
Prior to the commencement ceremony, ALL faculty will:

  • Gather in the STEAM Lab (Room #145 of the Student Union Building).
  • Receive a boutonniere from the Faculty Usher
  • Participate in the procession

During the distribution of degrees, the Faculty Usher will be escorting faculty to and from the stage. Please notify the Faculty Usher if you will be leaving your seat for any reason during the conferring of degrees.


Faculty will be seated on the east side of the Wellness Center. Please review the following seating chart.

Seating Chart


Faculty Hooders
A designated faculty member will be hooding the candidates of the baccalaureate and masters degree. Departments chairs will determine the hooders for each program and will notify them.

When the time comes, the Faculty Usher will escort the faculty members to the stage. One faculty member will hood the student. However, the stage can hold up to two (2) people, if another faculty member would like to be on stage.

The programs that require hooding are:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Information Technology, which includes the former program Information Technology: Computer Science
  • B.A.S., Advanced Manufacturing, which includes the former program Information Technology: Digital Manufacturing
  • B.A.S., Information Technology: New Media
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Diné Culture, Language, and Leadership
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Creative Writing and New Media
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Biology
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Industrial Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Environmental Science and Natural Resources
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Multicultural Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Diné Culture, Language, and Leadership


Here is a video that demonstrates how to properly hood a student:


  • Parking passes will be distributed through the STEAM Lab, at the Grad Fest and rehearsal
  • The passes will allow you to enter through the front entrance to avoid traffic on the day of graduation
  • the passes are only valid between 7:00AM – 8:30AM. After 8:30AM, all incoming traffic will be diverted to the northern entrance, where you will still be directed to park in the designated faculty parking areas.
  • Faculty Parking Map – Here is a printable map that shows where faculty parking is located.
  • Do NOT park in the general parking area. We have designated this area for family and friends of the graduates.


For more information on the roles of faculty members, please contact Jerlynn Henry, Dean of Student Services at jhenry@navajotech.edu or by phone at 505.786.4104