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Special People and Moments

Special events include annual donor recognition and engagement events, commencement, large-scale alumni events, building groundbreakings and dedications, presidential events, and others.

The Office of Special Events work with colleagues to ensure invitation criteria, materials, and event programming for our events are strategic to engage with key constituents. The Special Events team is a resource for University Advancement to advise, assist with, and execute large events hosted by University Advancement colleagues.

Visit event sites below to learn more about each event:


  • Making Teaching Public

    Making Teaching Public

    Community members are invited to take an inside look at an interesting topic and learn something new with the university's Making Teaching Public celebration from Feb. 17-18. Thirteen classes will be available for anyone to attend at no cost—from teaching K-5 students reading skills to creating a village's brand identity in the Czech Republic.

  • Commencement


    Hosting twice a year, the special events team coordinates many departments, services and students to celebrate graduate's education journeys and achievements.

  • Lincoln Award

    Lincoln Award

    The Office of the President of NKU established the Lincoln Award to honor residents or former residents of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana who exemplify the qualities of outstanding citizenship, notable achievement, and distinguished service in their professions and contributions to the Northern Kentucky or Greater Cincinnati community.