Information for Faculty

faculty during processional at commencement

Faculty participation is encouraged as we endeavor to create a meaningful occasion for our graduates and their families.

The Baccalaureate Services

Baccalaureate Services incorporating the principal faith traditions of the University will be held Thursday, June 18 at 4 PM, in the Pick Staiger Hall. University Chaplain Timothy Stevens invites faculty members to participate in the service. This commitment requires faculty to present themselves in academic regalia one half hour prior to the service.

The Commencement Ceremony

The One Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Annual Commencement will be held at 9:30 AM, Friday, June 19, 2015 at Ryan Field. Faculty will assemble in the Field house of McGaw Memorial Hall, located at the north end of the building. The University provides shuttle service from major campus parking lots and along Sheridan Road to the Ryan Field/McGaw Memorial Hall area. Limited parking will be available without charge in the large lot to the west of Ryan Field (entrance on Ashland Avenue).

Ticket Information

Guest tickets are required for the Commencement ceremony for Ryan Field seating. Ceremony participants do not need tickets. Faculty who desire guest tickets may contact the Commencement Office, 847-491-3600. Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Services, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cap and Gown Information

Academic regalia is to be worn by all participants at the Baccalaureate Services and at the Commencement ceremony, unless the participant wears a uniform of one of the armed services. Men will remove their academic caps for the National Anthem and the Invocation. You can order your cap and gown through the Herff Jones site.

Cap and Gown Pick-up & Return

Pick-up locations are determined by school affiliation and event participation. Pick up locations will be indicated via email when regalia is ordered.

Caps and gowns may be returned:

  • Following the Baccalaureate Services at Pick-Staiger Hall
  • Following Commencement in the Field house, McGaw Memorial Hall
  • Following the individual school convocations Saturday, June 20, at convocation sites

Inquiries are welcome at the Commencement Office, 847-491-3600 or via email at: commencement@northwestern.edu