Convocations, Ceremonies & Receptions

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMENCEMENT AND CONVOCATION?

Convocation is an individual school ceremony that awards the graduate with their diploma. Students walk across the stage and are individually recognized at their school's Convocation ceremony.

Commencement is the all Northwestern ceremony at Ryan Field where the Class of 2017 is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.

For a listing of school convocation details visit the Convocations, Ceremonies & Receptions section of the Commencement website.

2017 dates and times for each school will be provided in Spring 2017. Please check back for details.

Bienen School of Music

Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 9:00 a.m.
  • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
  • Reception is immediately afterwards - Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Lobby

Website

Contacts

Feinberg School of Medicine

Ceremony

  • Monday, May 26, 3:30 p.m.
  • Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

Website

Contact

J.L. Kellogg School of Management

Ceremony

  • Friday, June 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Ryan Field

Website

Contact

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Undergraduate

Order of the Engineer Ceremony

  • Thursday, June 15, 2:00 p.m.
  • Ryan Family Auditorium, Tech Building

Convocation

  • Saturday, June 17 at Ryan Field.
  • Line-up for degree candidates 7 a.m.
  • Ceremony 8 a.m.
  • Reception: TBD

Contacts for Undergraduate Ceremonies

Website

Graduate

PhD Hooding Ceremony

  • Friday, June 16, 2:00 p.m.
  • Ryan Family Auditorium, Tech Building

TGS Master's & MMM Degree Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 11:00 a.m.
  • Ryan Family Auditorium, Tech Building

McCormick Masters Recognition Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.
  • Ryan Family Auditorium, Technological Institute

Contacts for Graduate Ceremony

Website

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Convocations

Undergraduate Convocation: Bachelor of Science in Journalism:

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium

Graduate Convocation:
Master of Science in Journalism & Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium

Website

Contact

Event Details

  • Reception outdoor on Sorority Quad lawn immediately following each ceremony
  • general admission for guests into Cahn by ticket
  • overflow seating in McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive
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Ceremony

Additional Information

Pritzker School of Law

Ceremony

  • Friday, May 13, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
  • The Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL

Website

School of Communication

Ceremonies

Undergraduate Convocations

  • Radio, Television and Film, Dance, Performance Studies, and Theater - 1:30 p.m. Pick-Staiger Concert
  • Communication Studies & Communication Sciences and Disorders - 5:00 p.m. Pick-Staiger Concert

Doctor of Audiology Hooding Ceremony & Reception

  • Friday, June 16, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Harris Hall, Room 107

Master's Convocation & Reception

  • Thursday, June 15, 3:30 p.m.
  • Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall followed by a Reception in the Jean Gimbel Lane Reception Room

Website

Contacts

School of Education and Social Policy

Ceremonies

PhD & Masters Ceremony

  • Friday, June 16, 2017 2:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium. Reception immediately following in the Sorority Quad

Undergraduate Ceremony

  • Friday, June 16, 2017 4:30 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium. Reception immediately following in Jacobs Center Atrium

Website

Contacts

School of Professional Studies

Ceremony

  • Friday, June 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
  • Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604

Website

sps.northwestern.edu/resources/student-services/convocation

Contacts

Denise Ledsinger
Amelia Ridgeway - 312/503-5937

The Graduate School

Ceremony

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium, reception immediately to follow

Website

Contact

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Ceremony

  • Saturday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Ryan Field

Website

Contact