Special Feature: Commencement 2014

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Cap and Gown Pickup Kicks Off Commencement Activities

Northwestern’s Class of 2014 receives academic regalia at festive event

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June 17, 2014 | by Brendan Cosgrove
Photo by Matt Paolelli

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Pop music set the tone Tuesday (June 17) as Northwestern University’s Class of 2014 kicked off graduation activities with a festive cap and gown pickup at Norris University Center.

Over the course of two days, almost 3,000 purple gowns, black caps and other colorful regalia will be distributed to those receiving bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees during the University’s 156th commencement.  

In addition to picking up their academic dress, graduates received a variety of Northwestern swag, were able to browse diploma frames and displays from the Norris bookstore, and were encouraged to donate $20.14 to any part of the University as a senior class gift. The gift comes as the University embarks upon “We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern,” a $3.75 billion fundraising effort.

For the first time this year, students could sign up for “Our Northwestern,” the University’s new online community designed to connect alumni, students, faculty, staff and parents. Those who registered also had the opportunity to pose for a photo in front of an “Our Northwestern” backdrop. Many took the chance to write special messages full of nostalgia, thanks or Purple Pride on a dry-erase board to be included with their photo.

Graduation-related activities continue all week, with the highlight being Friday morning’s Commencement ceremony at Ryan Field.