Commencement

students at the 2016 commencement

Friday, June 17, 2016 
9:30–11:30 a.m.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

Ryan Field
1501 Central St.
Admission by ticket only

  • Procession to start at 9:30 a.m.
  • Ceremony to start at 10:30 a.m.

*Candidates must present themselves in cap and gown promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 17 at the assembly points listed on the Assembly page.

The ceremony will be outdoors and is expected to last two hours. The ceremony begins with the procession of gradu­ates, the faculty, and the President’s party. The two-hour program includes the awarding of honorary degrees, remarks from the guest speaker, the President’s message to graduates, and the conferring of degrees by school.

Diplomas are not awarded during Commencement. They are provided at the individual school Convocations on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 2016.

In the event of light rain, Friday’s ceremony will remain outdoors, and guests and participants are advised to be prepared for the weather.

Severe Weather Plan announcements will be sent to all students, faculty and staff early Friday morning and will also be posted at www.northwestern.edu.

To preserve the dignity of the ceremony and the safety of those in attendance, guests are not permitted on Ryan Field at any time.

The following items are prohibited and may be confiscated by University staff:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Musical instruments
  • Large purses
  • Coolers
  • Backpacks
  • Glass bottles or cups
  • Cans
  • Thermoses
  • Ice chests
  • Picnic baskets
  • Beach balls and other inflatables

We ask all participants to refrain from using cell phones during the procession and ceremony.  Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan Arena/McGaw Memorial Hall are smoke-free environments. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

A water truck with fresh drinking water on tap will be available at Gate M of Ryan Field on Friday, June 17. Please bring your refillable water bottles for refills throughout the day.

A video of the 2016 Commencement speaker, Seth Meyers, may be viewed here.