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Congratulations on your achievement!

The following information is very important to make your day successful and memorable. The commencement is not mandatory, but we do encourage you to celebrate this milestone.

 

Graduate Checklist
Graduation can be a bit choatic! The Graduation Checklist is here to help! Here is a checklist of items you need to prepare for the commencement: Graduation Checklist

 

PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT — Before May 12th, 2017

Graduation Petitions
The Office of the Registrar sends approval and denial letters to each student who applies for graduation. The address they use is the one you provided on your admissions application. If your address has changed, please update your contact information with Registrar as soon as possible. You are also welcome to check with the Office of Registrar to confirm the status of your petition.

 

Grad Fest

The Grad Fest is your opportunitiy to visit with your graduating class and is your one stop shop for all your graduation needs.

  • Cap & Gowns
  • Graduation Information Packets
  • Graduation Photos
  • Grauduate Luncheon Tickets
  • Official NTU Announcements
  • Alumni Gifts
  • Job Placement and Career Information
  • College & Career Fair

If you are unable to attend the Grad Fest, you have up until Friday, April 28th, 2017 to pick up your cap & gown, announcements, and lunch meal tickets.

 

Graduation Rehearsal
Two graduation rehearsals will take place at the NTU Wellness Center (Main Campus) on:

  • May 4th, 2017 at 2:00PM
  • May 11th, 2017 at 9:00AM

Chinle and Teec Nos Pos students: please contact your site for information on shuttle services to the main campus.

All students are required to attend ONE of the rehearsals prior to graduation. The purpose of the rehearsal is for each of you to understand how the commencement will take place and if there will be any issues.

 

Graduation Luncheon
The NTU Cafeteria will host a day for graduates to eat for free. A sign-in sheet will be provided at the time of the luncheon for graduates and guests. Any other guests will have to pay for their meal, including children. The Student Services Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building, see Lucille Barbone.

 

DAY OF COMMENCEMENT — Friday, May 12th, 2017

Reminder: all graduates are still held to the same expectations and standards outlined in the NTU Student Handbook. Any graudates who violate these policies wil be asked to leave the commencement ceremony.

Attire:

  • NTU does recommended formal attire preferably traditional Navajo clothing.
  • Women – Take extra precautions while wearing high heels because the route does require several stairs.
  • Graduates are required to wear a cap and gown with the colors that signify the certificate or degree they are receiving.
  • For graduates that are receiving more than one certificate and/or degree, please wear the cap and gown of higher degree awarded. For example, if you are getting a Certificate in Legal Assistant and an Associate in Law Advocate, you are required to wear the black associate cap and gown.

Parking:

  • 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 void traffic on the day of the graduation.
  • The passes are only valid between 7:00AM - 8:30AM. After 8:30AM, all incoming traffic will be diverted to the northern entrance, which could cause delays. Therefore, we recommend that you come early.
  • If you are in the same car as your special guests, you are allowed to park in the graduate parking area. One space per graduate. All other special guests will be sent to the general parking spaces.
  • Graduate Parking Map (Forthcoming) – Here is a printable map that shows where graduate parking is located. If you do decide to park in the general parking area, shuttle services are available.

 

Schedule

7:00AM Arrive and Park
8:00AM Doors Open for Graduates Only

Graduates will meet on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building. Family, friends, and guests are not allowed in the area due to the limited space.
Room Assignments
All graduates must check-in with the graduate ushers.

  • GED & Certificate Students  Room #212
  • Bachelors & Masters  Room #213

Commencement Preparations

  • Name Card
    • — Cards will be distributed with your name and clan information when you check-in. If you lose your card, contact an usher immediately for a replacement.
  • Tassels
    • — Placed on the left side of your cap.
    • — [Video Forthcoming]
  • Stoles
    • — Around your neck and over your gown. You are welcome to wear more than one stole, if needed
    • — [Video Forthcoming]
  • Cords
    • — Cords are placed over the stoles. Cords will be distributed on the morning of the commencement during the assembly. The Office of the Registrar will be responsible for the distribution.
    • — [Video Forthcoming]
  • Boutonnieres
    • — Each graduate will receive a boutonnieres flower to be placed on the left side of the stole. Ushers will be available to help with placement.
    • — [Video Forthcoming]
  • Hoods
    • — The early preparation of hoods is very important for those students who are graduating a baccalaureate or master's degree.
    • — [Video Forthcoming]
9:45AM Assembly and Order of March
The doors to the second floor will be closed to begin the assembly of the commencement processional. If you come late, you are welcome to wait in front of the Student Union Building and notify an usher. The usher will put you in the correct position in the assembly. Your name card will be given to you when you reach the stage during the conferring of degrees.
10:00AM Processional Begins with Medicine Man
10:15AM Commencement Ceremony
Seating
Graduates will be seated in the central area in front of the stage. Please review the following seating chart. For those students receiving more then one certificate and/or degree, please sit with the higher degree awarded and notify an usher of your role in going on to the stage more then one time.
Seating Chart

 

Etiquette and Rules
  • — During the ceremony, please silence your phones and other devices.
  • — Streamers, horns, clappers, and other noisemakers are prohibited
  • — If you need to leave your seat, notify a graduation usher to make sure you do not miss anything important.
11:30AM Recessional Begins with Medicine Man
  • — To avoid overcrowding exits, meet with your family and friends at a location outside the Wellness Center.
  • — Graduates and guests should pre-arrange these meeting locations, as it does become very crowded after the ceremony.
12:00PM Refreshments of Cake and Punch
  • Don't forget to pick up a slice of cake and punch to celebrate your accomplishments.

 

POST-GRADUATION

Job Placement
NTU's Job Placement program is here to help you find a job after graduation or continue your education. From now until after graduation, we are here to support your goals and help you find the resources to continue your success.

Here are some services provided by the Job Placement Program:

  • Résumé Development
  • Interview Development
  • Job Search
  • Career Aptitude Test
  • Goal Setting

We want to see you succeed and remember you are the pilot of your future!

Please contact Lemanuel Loley at lloley@navajotech.edu to schedule an appointment. The Job Placement Program is located on the second floor of the Student Union Building in Room #223.