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Guests with Accessibility Needs

Northwestern University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all events and programs. Accommodations such as sign language interpreters, captioning, software compatible with assistive technology, and presentation materials in alternate formats are provided upon request. Please contact the Graduation Office at or 847-491-3600. Every reasonable effort will be made to implement accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

Hearing Accommodations

We have updated our accommodations for guests with hearing needs to meet best-practice standards. 


For guests who need hearing assistance, real-time captions-only (without video or audio) of the ceremony will be available on any device. Captioned languages include English, Spanish, and Mandarin, and can be selected from the Commencement page after streaming begins.

Sound Enhancement

For guests who need additional sound enhancement, the ceremony will be live-streamed with audio, video, and captions. Headphones can be plugged into a mobile device so that guests needing this accommodation can amplify the sound to their desired level. Please note that the livestream will be delayed by approximately one minute.

For any additional accommodation requests,  please contact: