Weekend Schedule

2017 Dates, Times, & Locations to be provided in Spring 2017. Please check back for details.

President's Reception

President Morton Schapiro

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

music performed during the baccalaureate service

University Chaplain Timothy Stevens and President Morton Schapiro invite graduates, their families, and guests to attend this interfaith service incorporating the principal faith traditions of the University. Prelude begins a half hour before the 90-minute 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.

The 158th 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

Severe Weather Plan

Welsh-Ryan Arena–McGaw Memorial Hall, 2705 Ashland Avenue
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.
Admission by ticket only

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.

Senior Week

senior saying goodbye in front of arch

Each year, members of the senior class organize activities aimed at engaging their classmates and creating additional experiences they can share together before graduation. This group is known as the Senior Year Experience (SYE) committee. The SYE initiative culminates in June with a week of activities called Senior Week, which follows the last final exam and leads to Commencement. For more information, check out our Senior Week schedule here or visit the SYE Facebook page at facebook.com/northwesternsye.

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

  • Lavendar Graduation
  • The Joy: NU's BLack Congratulatory
  • Latinx Congratulatory