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Will there be parking at the stadium?

Given the enormity of the event, parking in the Ryan field parking lot will be limited on the day of Commencement. In order to accommodate everyone and minimize traffic, Northwestern is providing shuttle bus service to and from Ryan Field. A full list and map of parking locations will be added to the Commencement Website in the near future.

When and where else can I park on campus?

Campus parking is open to all families and guests the week of Commencement (June 18-23). It is recommended that families and guests park in either the North or South Parking Garages. View the campus and shuttle map.

If I'm not here to pick up my cap and gown can I have a friend retrieve it for me?

You may pick up someone else’s cap and gown with a copy of their emailed receipt.

When do gates open for Commencement?

Gates open at 8:00 a.m. for Commencement guests to enter Ryan Field.

What happens if there is severe weather on the day of Commencement or Convocation?

In case of severe weather, the ceremony may be altered. This could include a delay in the start time, moving the ceremony to a different time in the weekend schedule, or some other accommodation. More information concerning severe weather plans for Commencement will be available here in Spring.

We also recommend that all students and families dress with the weather in mind.

What if my child gets to the stadium late for Commencement?

Degree candidates are expected to arrive at the stadium by 8:30 a.m. the morning of Commencement. Students who arrive late need to go to their gate location and check in with a Marshal.

If I am a Northwestern faculty member, can I walk with my child at Commencement?

We do not permit family members to walk the procession with their student.

Are parents allowed onto the field after the ceremony?

In order to ensure the safety of our guests, we cannot allow parents to meet their students on field following the conclusion of Commencement. Guests are welcome to reunite with their student after the event outside of the stadium.