Student Email Reminders

February 28, 2018

Dear Prospective Graduate,

On behalf of Northwestern University, we want to congratulate you on your expected graduation! You've worked hard on this achievement, and we want to make sure that your graduation experience is positive, celebratory, and memorable for you and your guests. In order to assist with your planning, we are providing the following helpful information:

Caps and Gowns

  • All Students
    • Students who are graduating may place Commencement Regalia orders beginning Thursday, March 1. Visit the Caps and Gowns web page for specific information on ordering your regalia.
  • Undergraduates with Financial Need
    • In partnership with Financial Aid, Student Enrichment Services will be covering the full cost of caps and gowns for graduating undergraduate students with financial need. Students who qualify will receive an email from Student Enrichment Services with ordering instructions by Friday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Please note: late orders after the May 18 deadline, will not be processed, and reimbursements are not available. If you have questions, please email
  • Graduate Students with Financial Need
    • For graduate students with financial need, please complete the One Form Application. The One Form is a two step-process: a general application and a regalia application. Funding is limited. This form must be completed by Friday, May 18 at 11:59 p.m. for your request to receive full consideration. If your request is approved you will be notified regarding steps to place an order for regalia. Please note, no refunds will be issued to graduates who have placed their orders prior to requesting financial assistance.

Commencement Tickets

  • Each graduate may request up to ten (10) guest tickets for the June 22 Commencement ceremony at Ryan Field.
  • Tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 26.
  • Some school-specific Convocations will require tickets; others do not. Please review your specific school website information to determine if you need tickets to this ceremony.

Commencement Weekend Plans

This site has information on different events, travel information, and frequently asked questions about Commencement.

  • Travel: Begin working with your guests about travel plans to Evanston for Commencement.Commencement Weekend
  • Events: Northwestern has a number of celebratory events over Commencement weekend.
  • School Convocation Information: Schools have individual graduation ceremonies in addition to the full university Commencement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Commencement Office at Once again, congratulations on your pending achievement, and we look forward to celebrating with you in June!


  • Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, PhD, CASP               
  • Kelly Schaefer, PhD

Commencement Co-Chairs

NoteIt is important to understand that receipt of this letter does not imply confirmation of your graduation. All graduates must meet appropriate requirements. Please check with your school if you have a question about your eligibility to graduate.


January 18, 2018

Dear 2018 Degree Candidates:

I am pleased to announce that Northwestern University will hold its One Hundred and Sixtieth Annual Commencement at 9:30 AM on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Ryan Field. We look forward to welcoming you, your family members, and friends who have supported you during your time at Northwestern, all in celebration of your achievements.

As you plan for the 2018 Commencement Weekend, we want to make you aware of a few things:

  • Each participating degree candidate will be allocated 10 guest tickets for the ceremony held at Ryan Field. Guest tickets will be available for you to obtain beginning March 26, 2018.
    • Note: 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 on the Commencement website
  • I invite you to attend the President's Reception, scheduled for Thursday, June 21, at 11:30 AM, and the Baccalaureate Service that same day from 4:00-5:00 PM. No tickets are required for these events.
  • Individual school convocations, where diplomas are distributed, follow the University Commencement ceremony at various times on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. School convocation ticket information will be sent to you by your school, and questions concerning convocations should be directed to the individual school offices.

Please visit the Commencement website for updated information. If you have specific questions regarding Commencement, please contact the University Commencement Office at or by phone at 847-491-3600.

I look forward to celebrating with you at Northwestern University's Commencement.


Morton Schapiro

President and Professor

(This letter is being sent to students who have been identified by the Office of the Registrar as potential candidates for degrees in June 2018. It is important to understand that receipt of this letter does not imply confirmation of your eligibility to graduate.)