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Graduation FAQs For The Non-Traditional Student

by Kaitlyn Wightman
Marketing Specialist

July 21, 2014

Just because you’re earning your degree away from the main campus doesn’t mean you’re treated differently when commencement rolls around. After all your hard work and determination, graduating as a non-traditional student is something to celebrate. 

Don’t assume that online students and statewide college campus students are excluded from commencement. Here are the FAQs you need to know about graduating as a non-traditional college student. 

Can I Walk At Commencement?

Of course.  Like Northern Arizona University, many universities welcome online and distance campus college students to participate in graduation on the main campus. 

At NAU, you can participate in the commencement ceremonies or receptions at the following locations:

Here’s how NAU–Extended Campuses students celebrated commencement this year across the state of Arizona. 

Check your university’s graduation and commencement page for details on dates and times as well as how to apply for graduation and order your cap and gown. 

What Will My Diploma Say?

If you earned your degree at a public university, then your diploma won’t list at which campus or how you earned your degree. At NAU, your diploma will say Northern Arizona University. In other words, you won’t find “online,” “Extended Campuses” or “Personalized Learning” printed on your diploma. 

What Resources Do I Receive After Graduation?

Expect great benefits after graduating from an accredited university. NAU’s Alumni Relations means a VIP pass to special offers including Alumni Health Insurance, retail discounts, travel opportunities and a subscription to the alumni magazine, Pine. NAU’s Career Services offers alums resume and cover letter reviews, job search strategies, mock interviews, and career exploration assessments as well as an exclusive online job board for NAU alums to network. 

Contact your university’s alumni office and career center to learn more about the benefits you receive as a college graduate. 

Why Participate At Commencement?

Commencement is a time to share your accomplishments with your friends and family, to look back on your college experiences with your peers, to value your hard work and determination to earn your diploma and to remember why you chose to earn your degree. 

Watch this video to see why non-traditional students at NAU–Extended Campuses decided to earn their degrees. Why are you earning your college degree?

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