Weekend Schedule

Complete 2018 Dates, Times, & Locations will continue to be provided through Spring 2018 as we get them. Please check back for more details.

President's Reception

President 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 21, 2018
  • 11:30 am
  • Norris East Lawn

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

Baccalaureate Service

student speaking during the baccalaureate service
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • 4-5 pm
  • Pick- Staiger Auditorium

•Tickets are not required
•We will be providing accommodations for those needing ASL interpretation

President Morton Schapiro and University Chaplain Timothy Stevens invite graduates, their families, and guests to attend Baccalaureate, an interfaith service incorporating the many traditions of the University.

This student designed program gives our graduates the opportunity to give thanks for their time in this community through diverse readings of sacred scripture, inspiring student reflections, and musical interludes provided by a student choir and orchestra.

A musical prelude begins a half hour before the service. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Candidates do not wear caps and gowns at this service. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall is fully accessible.

For updated information visit our Baccalaureate page.

The 160th Annual Commencement

commencement graduates applauding

Friday, June 22, 2018
9:30 a.m.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

Ryan Field, 1501 Central Street
Admission by ticket only

MSA Senior Congratulatories

seniors at JOY event

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Scott  Hall, Guild Lounge

Registration for Seniors

Registration is now open, click here to register. To participate please register by April 30, 2018.

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 21, 2018 @ 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Norris University Center, Louis Room

Registration for Seniors

Registration is now open, click here to register. To participate please register by  May 11, 2018


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 21, 2018 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Norris University Center, Louis Room

Registration for Seniors

Registration is now open, click here to register. To participate please register by  May 11, 2018.

Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for 1st, 2nd and 3rd-year students to join the planning committee. If you are interested in volunteering on the planning committee please contact Cecilia Gomez at cecilia.gomez@northwestern.edu

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Convocations

rotc at commencement

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 who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval Service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

NROTC Convocation

  • When: June 22nd, 2018
  • Time: 3:00-4:30pm
  • Where: Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60208

Senior Week

senior saying goodbye in front of arch

June 15-20, 2018

Senior Week occurs between spring finals and commencement activities as a celebration for the outgoing senior class. The week typically includes a mix of free and ticketed events that occur on campus and throughout the Evanston/Chicago area and is planned and managed by a committee of student volunteers.

In the past event offerings have included:

  • Senior Formal
  • Trip to Six Flags
  • Senior Barbecue
  • Last Lecture with Northwestern Faculty
  • March Back Through the Arch
  • Trips to Chicago area attractions such as museums, zoo
  • Art, architecture, history, and other tours

Look for more information available regarding the schedule on our Senior Week Page.

If you are a member of the Class of 2018 and are interested in volunteering on the committee, please email Senior Year Committee co-advisor Joe Lattal.