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Convocations, Ceremonies & Receptions


Commencement is the all Northwestern ceremony at Ryan Field where the Class of 2019 is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.

2019 School Convocations

Tentative Dates for 2019 School Convocations

NOTE: Dates and times subject to change, please check back in early Spring for final dates and times.

Please call the Commencement Office at 847-491-3600 or email them at for additional information.

Bienen School of Music


  • Saturday June 22, 2019
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
  • Followed by a reception in Pick-Staiger lobby


The Family Institute

The Center for Applied Psychological & Family Studies 

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy 
Master of Arts in Counseling (on-ground and on-line program)
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019; 2:30 pm (doors open at 2:00 pm)
  • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall 
  • 50 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208

Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Ceremony

    • Monday, May 20, 2019
    • 3:30 p.m.
    • Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
    • Commencement Procession begins -The commencement ceremony is approximately 90 minutes in length.
    • 5:00 p.m. Commencement Recession followed by private toast with the Dean (Class of 2019 only)

J.L. Kellogg School of Management


  • Friday, June 21
  • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • McGaw Memorial Hall/Welsh-Ryan Arena
    • 2705 Ashland Avenue
    • Evanston, IL 60208


McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

McCormick PhD Hooding Ceremony

  • Friday June 21
  • 2 pm
  • Ryan Family Auditorium, Technological Institute
  • Primary Contact: Paula Straaton
  • Secondary Contact: Amy Pokrass

McCormick Undergraduate Convocation

McCormick Master's Degree Recognition Ceremony

(all TGS MS & McCormick Professional MS - MSIT, MEM, MPM, EMDC, MPDD, MBP, & MSR, MMM)

McCormick Order of the Engineer Ceremony

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Tech Auditorium

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications


Undergraduate Convocation: Bachelor of Science in Journalism:

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium

Graduate Convocation:
Master of Science in Journalism & Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium


Event Details

  • Reception outdoor on Sorority Quad lawn immediately following each ceremony
  • general admission for guests into Cahn by ticket
  • overflow seating in McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive



Northwestern University in Qatar holds an annual graduation ceremony and related events to honor NU-Q students who have completed their studies.

  • May 6, 2019

Additional Information

Pritzker School of Law


  • Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Time TBD.
  • The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street, Chicago 60601

Class of 2019 Convocation Reception

2019 information to come in late Spring 2019. Please check back.


School of Communication

School of Communication Undergraduate

  • Saturday June 22, 2019
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Welsh Ryan Arena (All SoC majors)
  • Tickets required

Reception to follow immediately after the ceremony.

Undergraduate Contact

Doctor of Audiology Hooding Ceremony & Reception

  • Friday, June 21, 2019 at 2:00pm
  • No tickets required
  • Harris Hall, Room 107 - 1881 Sheridan Road
  • Contact: Celeste Lee - 847-491-4541

Masters Convocation for Speech, Language, and Learning

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Time 4:00PM
  • 847-491-5073
  • No tickets required
  • Alice Millar Chapel - 1870 Sheridan Road


  • Cynthia Coy;- Masters Convocation for Speech, Language, and Learning and CSD PhD Ceremonies
  • Celeste Lee - Doctor of Audiology Hooding Ceremony

School of Education and Social Policy

PhD & Masters Ceremony

  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium

Undergraduate Ceremony

  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium


  • SESP undergrad and grad convocations are followed by a reception in the tent at the Sorority Quadrangle, west of Cahn


School of Professional Studies



  • Chicago Symphony Center
  • 220 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60604
  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Tickets are required for guests
Convocation Schedule
  1. Chicago Symphony Center doors open for guests at 1 p.m.
  2. Graduates arrive by 1 p.m.
  3. Procession line up to begin at 1:30 p.m.
  4. Convocation program and online streaming promptly begins at 2 p.m.
Travel Information

Chicago Symphony Center Parking

Diplomas are mailed to the address listed on the form you submitted to apply for graduation. Please expect to receive your diploma by mail approximately eight weeks after graduation.


Who is eligible to participate in the School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony?
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who complete their degree program between Summer Quarter 2018 through Summer Quarter 2019.
What is the difference between commencement and convocation?
  • Commencement is the all Northwestern ceremony at Ryan Field where the Class of 2019 is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.
  • Convocation is an individual school ceremony that awards the graduate with their diploma. Students walk across the stage and are individually recognized at their school's Convocation ceremony.


The Graduate School

PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Cahn Auditorium
  • Ticket limit of 4


  • Rich Cohrs
  • Director of Communications & Outreach, Graduate School Administration

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences


  • Saturday, June 22 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Ryan Field
  • Ryan Field gates will open an hour before the ceremony