How do I register for my school's convocation?
How do I register for the 2020 Graduation Celebration?
How are the 2020 Graduates being celebrated?
The Class of 2020 is invited back to campus for a Graduation Celebration on June 12th, 2021. Students who choose to participate will be allowed to bring four (4) guests. We are following state guidelines in the Bridge to Phase 5 plan related to social distancing and occupancy and comparing that with the venue capacity. The ceremony will also be livestreamed for any remote viewers. This event will include the opportunity to walk across a stage and hear your name announced.
Are 2020 graduates able to participate in the 2021 Convocations for individual schools?
Are the ceremony dates finalized? What is the plan for 2021 Commencement?
What is the date and time of my school’s convocation?
What is the difference between a "Commencement", "Convocation", and "Celebration"?
Commencement is the university-wide ceremony where the current graduating class is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty, and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.
Convocations at Northwestern are hosted by schools with the university. Students are recognized at their school’s convocation ceremony. A full itinerary of Convocations can be found here.
Celebrations are events surrounding Commencement and Convocations,
How do I get my regalia?
Do I need tickets for the 2021 Commencement?
Do I need tickets for the 2021 Convocations?
Do I need tickets for the 2020 Graduation Celebration?
How many guests will be allowed per student at the in-person ceremonies?
Four (4) guests per student will be permitted for the in-person Convocation ceremonies. We are monitoring public health guidelines and will update information should capacity guidelines permit more guests.
How can I request additional tickets?
To request additional tickets, please search your email for your confirmation from your first ticket request. This is an editable link, one which you can use to re-enter the form to update your request. You will see that two additional guest slots are populated on the form. Please add the additional names and any ADA accommodations that may be needed.
Can another student who has extra tickets give me theirs?
How can I update my name for my Convocation page?
For graduates 2021 graduates submitting information for online graduate pages, your diploma name may not be the name you wish to have on your online page. If you prefer to have a different first name read and displayed at your Convocation you can change that in CAESAR. Please see the instructions on the Registrar’s website. Scroll down to the Preferred Name section for instructions. Update your name in CAESAR by May 16 for it to reflect as you wish on the page.
Will masks be mandatory at the in-person ceremonies even if I have been vaccinated?
Will graduates and guests need to obtain a negative COVID test in order to participate in the in-person ceremonies?
If you are planning to attend the in-person portions of the Commencement weekend at the 2020 Graduation Celebration or the 2021 Convocations, you will receive instructions for COVID-19 testing on Thursday, June 10, or Friday June 11. Testing remains an important component in preventing the spread of the virus.
If vaccinated guests do not count toward capacity for indoor events, why can’t I bring more than two vaccinated guests?
There is currently not a system in place for validating people who have gotten their COVID-19 vaccine within the United States; therefore, the capacity restrictions will be observed without regard to vaccinated guests.
Should my family and friends book their flights and hotels now?
Although the pandemic conditions are rapidly changing, we are committed to having graduates and guests on campus for in-person convocations. We encourage you to make travel accommodations if you would like to participate in these ceremonies. If local and state guidelines change, Northwestern University will adapt to guidelines.