Excellence is a Journey

NAU Virtual commencement is
Friday, June 9, 2023

We look forward to celebrating Summer A 2022 through Spring C 2023 graduates virtually on Friday, June 9, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. CST.

Graduation is all about you and your journey to achieving excellence. You’ve worked hard, devoting your time and attention to pursuing your degree and creating opportunities for yourself and your family. Your achievements deserve to be celebrated! Graduates will receive communication via email and text, but can always visit this site to access regalia information, how to submit your grad photos and videos to NAU, and day-of streaming information.


Ceremony Details

Commencement Ceremony Details

The 2023 Commencement Ceremony for National American University and it’s Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security will be held Friday, June 9th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. CT. The ceremony will stream via YouTube and will go live at 6:00 p.m. The link will be shared with all graduates the day of the ceremony and will also be posted on this page. There will be a 30 minute countdown prior to the virtual commencement at 5:30 p..m. CST where graduates, family and friends can interact with one another for a chance to wish each other congratulations and good lucks!  If you aren’t able to attend at that time, this page will remain accessible and the ceremony video will be available on NAU’s YouTube channel after the live stream.

2023 NAU Distinguished Alumni


2023 Commencement Speaker

Admiral Robert Burke
Admiral Robert Burke has 43 years of experience in the United States Navy which ultimately culminated as the simultaneous commander of three multi-domain, joint-force, and NATO command structure headquarters representing 30 Allied member nations and 41 partner countries. During that assignment, he led operations on three continents and networked with key leaders, including Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors, and International Organizations. NAU looks forward for our graduates and their guests to hear what Admiral Burke will share!


Order Regalia

Graduates, we encourage you to order regalia for your celebration! Visit our school site at jostens.com to access ordering options for caps, gowns, accessories, and more.

The website will remain open through June 30, 2023, but orders are not guaranteed to reach you in time for commencement.

Order by May 4, 2023 to receive your regalia in time for the ceremony!

Grad Photos


Submit your photos by may 19!

We can’t wait to show the world what you’ve accomplished. NAU would like the opportunity to feature  photos of our 2023 graduates during virtual commencement and for a graduate gallery after the ceremony. Take a look at last year’s gallery for inspiration for your grad photo! If you would like to be featured, please submit your celebration photo!

We’d love to see you:

Holding your diploma
Celebrating with family
In your cap and gown
Turning your tassel


Submit your Videos by may 19!

NAU wants to share graduate’s stories throughout the ceremony via video submissions. Record a quick 15-30 second video of yourself discussing one or more of the topics below. Submit your video using our online form.

We’d love to see you:

Discuss what your degree means to you
Your experience at NAU
Your future goals
Your interpretation of this year’s theme – Excellence is a Journey


Virtual Zoom Backgrounds Now Available!
Check out the new NAU Commencement 2023 Zoom backgrounds!
If you don’t have your regalia or diploma yet, this is a great way to snap a pic or create a short video that reflects the momentous occasion!

Submit your photo and/or video by email to mtando@national.edu or fill out a form online. We will be sharing the graduation picture gallery and ceremony on our social media accounts after graduation. Videos will be featured during the ceremony and on our social media channels. Submitting a picture or video will count as permission for NAU/HPSSS to post your image and video and use it on marketing materials.

By submitting your picture and/or video you also have the opportunity to be highlighted on our social media accounts.

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