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The spring semester has only a few weeks remaining, and a variety of events will be held during the graduation period. Graduating Lumberjacks, alongside their friends and families, have important events and traffic warnings to pay attention to.

The Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will take place at 7:30 a.m. in the Cline Library assembly hall May 10. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m.

Starting at 11 a.m., the first commencement ceremony is scheduled for the College of Engineering, Informatics and Applied Sciences. This commencement ceremony will be located at the Walkup Skydome, where commencements have traditionally been held.

The Flagstaff Nurse Pinning Ceremony will be held at the Ardrey Auditorium at 2 p.m. To conclude the day, commencement for the College of Education and the W.A. Franke College of Business is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Hooding Ceremony will be held in the Raul H. Castro SBS Building on May 11 at 7:30 a.m. The ceremony for SBS majors, online students, Yavapai branch and Yuma students will begin at 10 a.m.

The commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Letters, along with the College of Health and Human Services, is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Additionally, the Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. May 12 in the Cline Library assembly hall.

The NAU Police Department urges visitors and students to see NAU's commencement webpage and check the available traffic maps. Sergeant Joe Tritschler said he advises attendees to know about where to park, street closures and information regarding disability services.

“Looking at those maps is really critical to understand what’s going on,” Tritschler said. “Although most people know where the Skydome is, it will be difficult to get [there] if you don’t follow the maps.”

According to NAUPD, the parking lot outside the Skydome will be reserved for parties in need of disability services or assistance.

Tritschler wants to remind those attending graduation of the university's Clear Bag policy. Purses, backpacks and other large bags will not be allowed at the commencement ceremonies. However, clear bags will be permitted after searches are conducted by staff.

Tritschler also emphasized the unpredictability and danger of hot temperatures. He recommends that graduation attendees stay hydrated.

“We’re not sure on the weather yet, but if it’s anything like this week where it's 70 degrees, we ask people to hydrate," Tritschler said. "We will have medical staff on standby, but [dehydration] is something we typically see.”

Tritschler wants to advise students to move out the Thursday before graduation begins. This will help students avoid heavy traffic during commencement ceremonies.

For information on traffic, maps and dates surrounding commencement, readers can visit the university commencement webpage.

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