General Information for Families & Guests

General Information

students during commencement waving to families

Graduation Products  

Herff Jones is here every step of the way. From to Graduation Announcements, Diploma Frames, College Rings and Greek Jewelry, Herff Jones College products help celebrate your graduation and commemorate your experiences.

Visa Letters/Tourist Visas

Visa Letters & Tourist Visas for family members to attend commencement  

Please contact The International Office (IO) offers international students and scholar’s professional support, advising services, and programming regarding immigration. http://www.northwestern.edu/international/.

Attire

In June, Chicago-area weather conditions and temperatures can vary greatly.  Those who are sensitive to the sun should be prepared with sunscreen and appropriate protective headgear.  Comfortable shoes are recommended.  In the event of light rain, the ceremony will remain outdoors at Ryan Field, and guests and participants are advised to be prepared for the weather. 

Photo Locations

Picture taking is encouraged at two specially created photo backdrops displaying the University seal. These locations, available before and after the Commence­ment ceremony, will be under the west stands of Ryan Field near Gates S and N.

Information Booths

Information booths and refreshment stands serving complimentary water and lemonade are conveniently located in the Ryan Field area.

First Aid Stations

The Ryan Field First Aid Station is located at Gate P. 

Bags and Personal Items

The following items are prohibited at Commencement:

  • alcohol
  • coolers
  • cans
  • food
  • long lens & video cameras
  • musical instruments or noisemakers
  • umbrellas
  • weapons
Individuals not complying with the directions of University staff maybe asked to leave the ceremony.

Stroller Check

A designated place for securing strollers may be found at Gate Q.