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Convocation Schedule

2021 School Convocations

School Convocations for the Graduates of 2021 will be held in-person with strict capacity limits for those who wish to attend; events will also be livestreamed for anyone viewing remotely. More information will be sent out by each school about their Convocation. For any additional information on Convocations, please contact your school representative below.



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Dates, times, and locations for the each school's convocation can be found below.

Bienen School of Music

The Family Institute

  • Sunday, June 13, 2021 9:00 a.m. CDT
  • Ryan Fieldhouse, 2333 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL 60208
  • Kristen Catuara –

J.L. Kellogg School of Management

  • Monday, June 14, 2021 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Ryan Field, 1501 Central St, Evanston, IL 60208
  • Carole Cahill –

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Sunday, June 13, 2021 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Ryan Field, 1501 Central St, Evanston, IL 60208
  • Amy Pokrass –  (Special Events)

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications


Pritzker School of Law

School of Communication

  • Saturday, June 12, 2021. 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Ryan Field, 1501 Central St, Evanston, IL 60208
  • Tricia David  (Special Events)

School of Education and Social Policy

School of Professional Studies

The Graduate School Hooding Ceremony for Select Programs

NOTE: this ceremony is a hooding ceremony for PhD and MFA graduates from select TGS programs only. Please refer to your department's communication for virtual celebrations. 

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration

June 12, 2021  |  9:00 AM CDT

The Class of 2020 will be recognized at a unique graduation celebration on June 12, 2021 at Ryan Field. All 2020 graduates are invited to attend and can bring 2 (two) guests. This ceremony will include the opportunity to walk the stage and have your name announced. This will also be livestreamed for any friends and family viewing remotely.

Register for 2020 Celebration

More information on this event will be announced as able, and all questions about this celebration can be sent to the Commencement Office.

2021 Commencement

The 163rd Commencement for the Class of 2021 will continue to be held virtually on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. CDT.