Ceremonies & Events
The Language We Use to Celebrate Our Graduates
- Commencement is the-all Northwestern ceremony where the graduating class is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.
- Convocations at Northwestern are hosted by individual schools. Students are recognized at their school’s convocation ceremony.
- Celebrations are events surrounding Commencement and Convocations that seek to recognize the plurality of identities graduates hold.
Class of 2021 - Events For Prospective Graduates
Sunday, June 13, 2021
The 2021 Baccalaureate service is set to “premiere” digitally on Sunday, June 13. It will be on a Vimeo Link.
President Morton Schapiro and the University Chaplain invite graduates, their families, and guests to attend Baccalaureate, an interfaith service incorporating the many traditions of the University.
The 163rd Annual Commencement
June 14, 2021 at 11 A.M. CDT
- The 163rd Annual Commencement will be held virtually. Guests and viewers will be able to tune into the livestream at the Commencement home page on the day of the event.
Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Convocations
June 14, 2021
The NROTC mission is to develop future officers mentally, morally, and physically, and to instill in them the highest ideals of duty, loyalty, and the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers.
FGLI Graduation Celebration
June 11, 2021 at 6:30 PM CT
Student Enrichment Services (SES) is thrilled to announce the Inaugural FGLI Graduation Celebration. Our first-ever celebration honors and uplifts the accomplishments of our first-generation, lower-income, and/or undocumented / DACA undergraduate community on campus.
Northwestern Hillel Graduation Celebration
June 12-14, 2021
- Saturday, June 12th 12pm-1:30pm (In-person)
- Sunday, June 13th 3pm-5pm (In-person)
- Monday, June 14th 1pm-3pm (In-person)
- Monday, June 14 4-pm (Virtual)
We are delighted that Northwestern is celebrating the Class of 2021 and welcoming back the Class of 2020 for in-person receptions. Class of 2021, we look forward to celebrating you in June as you graduate from Northwestern! Class of 2020, we are excited to welcome you back to Hillel!
Please RSVP here by June 4. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
MSA End-of-Year Celebrations
Every year, Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) hosts a series of End-of-Year Celebrations to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.
Please visit the MSA End-of-Year Celebrations page for more information.
JubilAsian Senior Send-Off
May 28, 2021
JubilAsian is an annual MSA event that celebrates the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) community on campus as part of May’s APIDA Heritage Month. For JubilAsian 2021, we are piloting our first-ever Senior Send-off video in order to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Northwestern's graduates of Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or Desi descent.
All students who participate will receive an "APIDA NU Grad" stole. The JubilAsian Senior Send-Off will be a pre-recorded video that will premiere on Vimeo on Friday, May 28th at 6:30 PM CDT.
Native American and Indigenous Community Celebration
June 3, 2021
The Native American and Indigenous Community Celebration is an annual event co-hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) that celebrates the yearly contributions of Native and Indigenous graduates, students, faculty, staff, and community members.
All students who participate will receive a white stole with purple and maple and oak leaves appliquéd by hand.
The Native American and Indigenous Community Celebration ceremony will premiere on Vimeo on Thursday, June 3rd at 5 PM CDT. There will be hosting a live viewing party via Zoom to celebrate together in the community! You can join us for the viewing party by registering in advance. Plan on sticking around after the viewing party to gather virtually in community with each other.
June 8, 2021
Lavender Graduation is an annual celebration hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs that celebrates the achievements of graduating students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community from Northwestern University.
Tuesday, June 8th at 6:30 PM CDT.
The JOY: Journey of Our Years – Northwestern's Black Congratulatory
June 9, 2021
The Journey of Our Years, or the JOY, is an annual celebration hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Northwestern's Black graduates.
All students who participate will receive a Kente stole. The Journey of Our Years, or the JOY ceremony will be a pre-recorded video that will premiere on Vimeo on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:30 PM CDT.
June 10, 2021
The Latinx Congratulatory is an annual celebration hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Northwestern's Latinx graduates.
All students who participate will receive a Sun stole.