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2020 Commencement Weekend

How Northwestern Celebrates our Graduates

Link for Commencement Viewing

Degrees will be conferred at Northwestern’s 162nd commencement this Friday,  June 19th at 11:00 a.m. central time. We intend to make this virtual ceremony every bit as rich and meaningful as possible. We’ll have a full roster of speakers, including some of your student peers, and we will be conferring honorary degrees on trailblazers in a number of fields, including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who will be our featured speaker.  Our schools will be in touch with you soon regarding their own plans surrounding commencement.

Please see the Northwestern commencement COVID-19 FAQ page, and for the best source of information on Northwestern updates and developments related to the pandemic, please visit our coronavirus COVID-19 information page.

Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award and Honorary Degrees

Visit our Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award and Honorary Degrees pages to view videos of the nominators, presenters, awardees and recipients.

Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award

  • Dr. John DeRose nominated by Carter Rothman
  • Kristen Kirschner nominated by Gabrielle Bienasz
  • Maria Hiassen nominated by Sumin Woo
  • Joseph Brysiewicz nominated by Jack Benjamin
  • Dianna Niemann nominated by Kristen Barnes

Honorary Degree Recipients

  • Joanne Stubbe
    Presented by Amy Rosenzweig
  • Norman Lear
    Presented by Thomas Bradshaw
  • George Whitesides
    Presented by Teri Odom
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
    Presented by Nichole Pinkard