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Ceremonies & Events

Class of 2020

Thursday, June 18 - Saturday, June 21

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 18, 2020
  • 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 18, 2020
  • 4-5 pm
  • Pick-Staiger Auditorium

For more detailed and updated information visit our Baccalaureate page.

The 161st Annual Commencement

  • Friday, June 19, 2020
  • 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: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Where: TBD

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.

  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
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.

  • When: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Where: TBD

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.

  • When: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Where: TBD
students at Latinx
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