Weekend Schedule

Complete 2017 Dates, Times, & Locations will continue to be provided through Spring 2017 as we get them. Please check back for more details.

President's Reception

President Reception

Thursday, June 15, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The President’s Reception for Graduating Seniors and Families is a light lunch hosted by President and Mrs. Schapiro and is being held on the Norris East Lawn. ALL Graduates, their families, and guests are invited to attend this informal reception.

The President of the University will be present to meet those attending.

Baccalaureate Service

student speaking during the baccalaureate service

Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Pick Staiger Auditorium

  • Tickets are not required
  • We will be providing accommodations for those needing ASL interpretation

President Morton Schapiro and University Chaplain Timothy Stevens invite graduates, their families, and guests to attend Baccalaureate, an interfaith service incorporating the many traditions of the University.

This student designed program gives our graduates the opportunity to give thanks for their time in this community through diverse readings of sacred scripture, inspiring student reflections, and musical interludes provided by a student choir and orchestra.

A musical prelude begins a half hour before the service. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Candidates do not wear caps and gowns at this service. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall is fully accessible.

For updated information visit our Baccalaureate page.

The 159th Annual Commencement

commencement graduates applauding

Friday, June 16, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

Ryan Field, 1501 Central Street
Admission by ticket only

MSA Senior Congratulatories

seniors at JOY event

MSA Senior Congratulatories are our way of recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of our MSA community graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergraduates, participation is open to any and all NU graduates who might want to participate. Below is a list of existing congratulatory celebrations

Lavender Graduation

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 4:30pm
  • Scott Hall, Guild Lounge
  • Registration will open Spring 2017

The JOY: Journey of Our Years – NU’s Black Congratulatory

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 1:00pm
  • Norris University Center, Louis Room
  • Registration will open Spring 2017

Latinx Congratulatory

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 6:30pm
  • Norris University Center, Louis Room
  • Registration will open Spring 2017

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony

rotc at commencement

The NROTC mission is to develop future officers mentally, morally, and physically, and to instill in them the highest ideals of duty, loyalty, and the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval Service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

  • Friday, June 16, from 3-4PM
  • Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall in the Bienen building

Senior Week

senior saying goodbye in front of arch

Save the Date: June 9–14, 2017

Senior Week occurs between spring finals and commencement activities as a celebration for the outgoing senior class. The week typically includes a mix of free and ticketed events that occur on campus and throughout the Evanston/Chicago area and is planned and managed by a committee of student volunteers.

In the past event offerings have included:

  • Senior Formal
  • Trip to Six Flags
  • Senior Barbecue
  • Last Lecture with Northwestern Faculty
  • March Back Through the Arch
  • Trips to Chicago area attractions such as museums, zoo
  • Art, architecture, history, and other tours

Look for more information available regarding the schedule in May 2017.

If you are a member of the Class of 2017 or 2018 and are interested in volunteering on the committee, please email Senior Year Committee co-advisor Joe Lattal.