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Ceremonies & Events

Class of 2019

Thursday, June 20 - Saturday, June 22

President's Reception

The President’s Reception for Graduating Seniors and Families is a light lunch hosted by President and Mrs. Schapiro and is being held on the Norris East Lawn. ALL Graduates, their families, and guests are invited to attend this informal reception.

  • June 20, 2019
  • 11:30 am
  • Norris East Lawn

The President of the University will be present to meet those attending.

a family at the reception
religious life staff speaking

Baccalaureate Service

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.
  • June 20, 2019
  • 4-5 pm
  • Pick- Staiger Auditorium

For more detailed and updated information visit our Baccalaureate page.

The 161st Annual Commencement

  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

Ryan Stadium, 1501 Central Street
Admission by ticket only

rotc during commencement

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Convocations

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.

  • When: June 21st, 2019
  • Time: TBD
  • Where: Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60208

MSA Senior Congratulatories

MSA Senior Congratulatories are our way of recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of our MSA community graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergraduates, participation is open to any and all NU graduates who might want to participate. Below is a list of existing congratulatory celebrations.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is an inspiring and affirming ceremony co-sponsored with NUGALA that celebrates the achievements of graduating students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, asexual and ally community from Northwestern University.

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Louis Room, Norris
Registration is Closed
students at Lavendar Graduation
students receiving an award at JOY

The JOY: Journey of Our Years – NU’s Black Congratulatory

The Journey of Our Years, or The JOY, is our way of recognizing and celebrating all of NU's Black graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergraduates, participation is open to any and all NU graduates who might want to participate.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Norris University Center, Louis Room
Registration is Closed

Latinx Congratulatory

The Latinx Congratulatory is our way of recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of Northwestern's Latinx graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergraduates, participation is open to any and all graduates who identify with the Hispanic/Latinx community.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Norris University Center, Louis Room
Registration is Closed
students at Latinx
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