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The Backpack
The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 6 No. 19 | December 10, 2009


December Commencement

December Commencement

by Dianna Van Sanford

Northern Arizona University Parents and Family Members,

As you make your way to NAU to celebrate your student’s graduation tomorrow or to pick your student up for winter break, we would like to share road and weather conditions in addition to winter travel safety tips. If your student is traveling on his/her own for winter break these tips might also come in handy as well.

If the weather should take an unexpected turn for the worse, we will keep residence halls open to ensure everyone’s safety.

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We look forward to celebrating with you during graduation tomorrow and to seeing you in the New Year 2010!

Road and Weather Conditions

The National Weather Service’s forecast for the Flagstaff area on Friday, December 11 is mostly cloudy, with a high near 35 degrees.

Little or no snow accumulation is expected though there is a 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 PM. The low is expected to be around 21 degrees.

Saturday’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of snow, mostly cloudy, with a high near 36 degrees. Snow is likely on Saturday night with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. The low will be around 27 degrees.

Travel Safety Tips

As you travel to Flagstaff, please allow plenty of time to get to campus and dress appropriately for snowy conditions. Dress warmly with appropriate shoes for walking on snow and ice.

The Arizona Department of Transportation offers information about potential interstate and road closures in addition to Know Snow (PDF) travel safety tips:

  • Check the weather and road conditions
  • Slow down, be patient, and drive safely
  • Inform someone of your destination
  • Carry extra food and water with you
  • Carry snow chains
  • Dress warmly
  • Stay in your vehicle if you become stranded or your car breaks down
  • Keep the fuel tank topped off
  • Leave room for emergency vehicles to pass
  • Don’t follow snow plows or other vehicles too closely

Final Exam Schedule for January 11-14, 2010

by The Office of the Provost

Below is the final exam schedule for January 11-14, 2010 for the finals that could not be held in December because of the university’s closure. The university has communicated with faculty about the need to be flexible and accommodate students who may be enrolled for classes during the spring semester that conflict with these final exam times.

As a result of the university closure Monday afternoon and Tuesday (December 7 and 8), students were given the option to accept their current grade as their final grade or elect to accept an Incomplete and take the final exam during the first week of the spring semester.

Students must notify their professors of their decision by e-mail or through Vista by 6 PM today (Thursday, December 10). Students who do not notify their professors by the deadline will be given their current grade as the final. These options only apply to students whose exams were canceled on Monday or Tuesday (December 7 and 8).

Exam locations will be announced by January 4. Students will be notified via e-mail.

Monday, January 11
3 PM–5 PM All 4 PM MWF classes
5 PM–7 PM All ACC 255/256 classes
7:30 PM–9:30 PM All CHM 130/151/152 classes
Tuesday, January 12
3 PM–5 PM All 3 PM MWF classes
5:30 PM–7:30 PM All 5 PM to 5:30 PM classes meeting on Tuesday
8 PM–10 PM All 6 PM to 7 PM classes meeting on Tuesday
Wednesday, January 13
3 PM–5 PM All 9:35 AM TTH classes
5:30 PM–7:30 PM All 5 PM to 5:30 PM classes meeting on Monday
8 PM–10 PM All 6 PM to 7 PM classes meeting on Monday
Thursday, January 14
5 PM–7 PM All 12:40 PM MWF classes
7:30 PM–9:30 PM All 12:45 PM TTH classes


What's the Flagstaff weekend forecast? Check out Flagstaff Weather, courtesy of Northern Arizona University Weather Service.

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