Convocations, Ceremonies & Receptions

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMENCEMENT AND CONVOCATION?

Convocation is each schools' ceremony where students walk across the stage and are individually recognized.

Commencement is the all Northwestern ceremony at Ryan Field where the Class of 2018 is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.

Bienen School of Music

Ceremony

  • Saturday June 23, 2018
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

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Feinberg School of Medicine

Ceremony

  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
  • Commencement Procession begins -The commencement ceremony is approximately 90 minutes in length.
  • 5:00 p.m. Commencement Recession followed by private toast with the Dean (Class of 2018 only)
J.L. Kellogg School of Management

Ceremony

  • Friday, June 22, 2018
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Ryan Field

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McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

McCormick PhD Hooding Ceremony

  • Friday, June 22, 2018
  • TECH Ryan Auditorium, 2pm
  • Main Contacts: Paula Straaton , Graduate Studies Business Administrator and Bruce Lindvall, Graduate Studies Assistant Dean
  • Secondary Contact: Amy Pokrass

McCormick Dean's Graduation Reception

  • Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Norris East Lawn, 4pm
  • Main Contact: Amy Pokrass, McCormick Manager of Special Events

McCormick Undergraduate Convocation

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Ryan Field, 8am
  • Main Contacts: Ann Anderson, Undergraduate Engineering Business Administrator and Wes Burghardt, Undergraduate Engineering Associate Dean
  • Secondary Contact: Amy Pokrass

McCormick Master's Degree Recognition Ceremony

(For master's degrees conferred by The Graduate School and MMM graduates)

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • TECH Ryan Auditorium, 11am
  • Main Contact: Paula Straaton and Bruce Lindvall
  • Secondary Contact: Amy Pokrass

McCormick Master's Degree Recognition Ceremony

(For master's degrees conferred by the McCormick School of Engineering - MSIT, MEM, MPM, EMDC, MPDD, MBP, and MSR)
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • TECH Ryan Auditorium, 2pm
  • Main Contact: Paula Straaton and Bruce Lindvall
  • Secondary Contact: Amy Pokrass

Undergraduate Website

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Convocations

Undergraduate Convocation: Bachelor of Science in Journalism:

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium

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

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium

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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
NU-Qatar

Ceremony

Northwestern University in Qatar holds an annual graduation ceremony and related events to honor NU-Q students who have completed their studies.

  • Monday, May 7, 2018
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Reception following at 6:00.

Additional Information

Pritzker School of Law

Ceremony

  • Friday, May 11, 2018
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street, Chicago 60601

Class of 2018 Convocation Reception

2018 information to come in late February. Please check back.

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School of Communication

Ceremonies

School of Communication Undergraduate

  • Saturday June 23, 2018
  • 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

Reception to follow immediately after each ceremony on the Arts Circle Lawn.

Doctor of Audiology Hooding Ceremony & Reception

2018 information to come in late February. Please check back.

Master's Convocation & Reception

2018 information to come in late February. Please check back.

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School of Education and Social Policy

Ceremonies

PhD & Masters Ceremony

  • Friday, June 22, 2018
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium

Undergraduate Ceremony

  • Friday, June 22, 2018
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium

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School of Professional Studies

Ceremony

  • Friday, June 22, 2018
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Auditorium Theatre
  • Tickets are required for guests

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The Graduate School

Ceremony

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium, reception immediately to follow

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Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Ceremony

  • Saturday June 23, 2018
  • 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Ryan Field - 1501 Central Street, Evanston

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