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Melissa Werner

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Director
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5004
Director
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5004
Biography

Melissa Werner, CSEP, is Director of University Ceremonies and Protocol Officer at Arizona State University in the Office of University Events and Protocol. She is the co-founder of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO).

In May 2009 Arizona State University hosted the largest graduation ceremony in the United States. More than 68,000 people attended Spring Commencement at which President Barack Obama gave the first graduation address of his presidency.

Melissa has presented educational sessions at a number of conferences on a variety of graduation-related concerns including workshops on establishing mission statements for ceremonies, academic versus non-academic ceremonies, volunteer recruitment and retention, as well as how to establish and run graduation convocation events for colleges and special interest groups.

In 1999 Melissa and Carol Switzer, former director of ASU Summer Sessions, co-founded the North American Association of Commencement Officers, a professional association for commencement and graduation planners from across the United States and Canada. NAACO has over 350 member institutions and hosts an annual conference for graduation professionals. 

Melissa is a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) and holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She completed training as a Protocol Officer through the Protocol School of Washington.

Education

Certified Special Events Professional, International Live Events Association

Protocol Officer Training completed at the Protocol School of Washington

MEd, Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University

BA, Journalsim and Mass Communication, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

Videos
May 2009 Commencement with President Barack Obama
Spring 2018
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PRM 422Special Event Programming
Fall 2017
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PRM 422Special Event Programming
Spring 2017
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PRM 422Special Event Programming
Fall 2016
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PRM 422Special Event Programming
Spring 2016
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PRM 422Special Event Programming
Fall 2015
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PRM 422Special Event Programming
Spring 2015
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PRM 422Special Event Programming
Fall 2014
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PRM 422Special Event Programming