Class of 2020 Student Emails
June 4, 2021 | 2020 Celebration-Know Before You Go
Dear 2020 Graduate,
We are so excited to welcome you back to campus for your Graduation Celebration on June 12, 2021! We want to make sure your celebration goes as smoothly as possible, so we ask you to review the following checklist to best prepare for your experience.
- When and Where: Graduation Celebration at Ryan Field begins at 9:00 a.m., June 12, 2020. Shuttles start at 7:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Graduates will enter the stadium through Gate K and check in at the Commencement table. Guests will enter through gates N and M. Please arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. to ensure you are there in time for the start of the celebration.
- Prepare for the Weather: The celebration is in Ryan Field, which is an outdoor venue. You and your guests should prepare for the weather of the day by bringing sunscreen or rain gear. In the case of rain, we remain outside. In case of severe weather, we will communicate through the commencement website and/or at site locations.
- Emergency Messaging: To opt-in to the RAVE system to receive emergency messaging, text “AlertNU” to 226787. This will subscribe you for 365 days. You can opt out at any time by texting “STOP” to the same number. The RAVE emergency messaging system will alert you to any campus emergencies.
- Post-event Reception: Immediately following the conclusion of the 2020 celebration, rendezvous with your loved ones outside of the stadium for a 1-hour reception
- Share your experiences: Share on Instagram and Twitter with #NU2020.
All visitors to Northwestern’s campus must adhere to the University’s safety protocols, which are based on current public health guidelines. The Illinois Department of Public Health and Northwestern require community members to wear masks indoors and at large outdoor gatherings or events. 2020 Graduates will be provided a matching face mask to wear with your regalia. All guests will be required to wear their own face mask to be admitted into Ryan Field. All graduates and guests must also monitor symptoms and avoid campus if you are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms.
Testing: What to Expect
Testing will not be required, but it is strongly encouraged and offered to 2020 graduates participating in graduation ceremonies. If you have any questions about testing, please email NU-COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rapid Testing Program: Northwestern has a rapid testing partnership with Abbott using their BinaxNOW antigen test and NAVICA mobile app. Rapid testing is available for students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are actively engaging with our community.
- Complete a rapid test: at the Jacobs Center at 2001 Sheridan Rd. in Evanston or 345 E. Superior Street in Chicago. Testing sites are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The test is a simple nasal swab that takes less than 15 minutes onsite, and results are available within 30 minutes via the NAVICA app or website. Please follow the steps below:
- Please download the NAVICA app at App Store or Google Play. If your phone does not support the NAVICA app or if you are experiencing technical difficulties, you can use the NAVICA website as an alternative way to access your account.
- Once you have created your NAVICA account, you are all set to visit to the testing site. When you arrive onsite, please inform a staff member that you are a visitor.
- The staff member will direct you to the Technical Support Center where you will fill out a consent form and complete the final steps to connect your account to the University.
Download the Commencement App
The Graduation Weekend 2021 Guidebook is live and ready-to-use. Enable push notifications so you can get the most up-to-date information about events, ceremonies, and start time reminders. Connect to the Guidebook on any device.
Many of you ordered your regalia last year and should plan on wearing that to this ceremony. For those who ordered regalia this year and had it shipped to the Norris Bookstore, it is now available for pickup. The bookstore pick-up hours are as follows:
- Tuesday, June 1 – Saturday, June 5 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Monday, June 7 – Thursday, June 10 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Friday, June 11 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Regalia that is not picked up by Friday, June 11 at 2 p.m. will be available for pickup and pay on site at Ryan Field before the ceremony. We highly recommend students do not wait to pick up at the ceremony, as regalia arrives folded, it benefits from being steamed before wearing. You should plan to pick up regalia on site only if you absolutely cannot make the pickup times at the Norris Bookstore.
Please remember that when picking up at the Norris Bookstore, you will need to pay for your regalia and any accessories you ordered. If you have any questions, please contact the Norris Bookstore at 847.491.3992.
Double check your Commencement Tickets
To enter the 2020 Graduation Celebration event, all guests must have electronic tickets displayed on a mobile device for scanning. On June 4 (today), you should have received an email from NU Athletics with tickets attached. Please be sure to check your spam folders if you have not received them. There will be an information desk at the venue if you do not have a device to display your tickets. One device can be used to display all tickets for scanning. If you have questions about your tickets, please contact the Commencement Office.
Parking and Transportation
Once you are on campus, some parking is available at Ryan Field. Please see the Commencement Guidebook App for details or the Evanston campus map. If you park on campus, there will be campus shuttles that traverse a 7-stop loop north on Sheridan from campus to Ryan Field. Shuttles begin one hour prior to Ryan Field event start times. Plan travel time accordingly - shuttles take longer with stops and traffic on this day. Masks are required on shuttles.
If you have any questions about the 2020 Graduation Celebration, please contact the Commencement Office at email@example.com. Once again, congratulations on your achievement, and we look forward to celebrating with you. Thank you to those who are making the trip back!
Kelly Schaefer, PhD
Jeremy Schenk, EdD
May 28, 2021 | Regalia Shipping Update
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Northwestern University. Thank you for your patience while we have had to pivot to packing and shipping by graduation dates.
We are now beginning to pack and ship your Northwestern regalia. As packages ship, you will be receiving an email from Oak Hall confirming that your order is on its way. We anticipate all regalia to be shipped by June 2nd and arrive by June 4th.
Oak Hall apologizes for the inconvenience and know that it can be stressful to place an order and not receive your shipment immediately. We thank you for your understanding and patience and wish you the very best as you embark on your next chapter!
May 15, 2021 | Regalia Shipment Update
Oak Hall knows that this has been a challenging time for all schools planning graduation ceremonies. As health guidelines have changed, many schools have added in-person events, changed dates on ceremonies, and expanded the scope of their ceremonies to include 2020 graduates in the experience.
These changes have significantly impacted our business and our ship direct orders are currently running slower than usual. We are committed to getting the regalia to students in time for their commencement ceremonies but have had to prioritize shipments by graduation date. We will absolutely ship the regalia to the students before their commencement.
Oak Hall apologizes for the inconvenience and know that it can be stressful to place an order and not receive your shipment immediately. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate these challenging times.
May 12, 2021 | Graduation Weekend Update
Dear Graduates of the Class of 2020,
We were excited to learn last week that Illinois will enter the Bridge to Phase 5 on May 14. This progress in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has a direct impact on how Northwestern can welcome you and your loved ones to Graduation Weekend exercises. We are happy to share that, based on new occupancy guidelines, Northwestern can now increase ticket allotments to four (4) tickets per graduate.
While it is possible that Illinois may reach Phase 5 on June 11 and remove some additional event limitations, this increase to four tickets is the maximum number Northwestern can safely accommodate this year.
Request Additional Tickets
To request additional tickets if you have already registered, please search your email for your confirmation from your initial registration, “2020 Graduation Celebration – Receipt,” from Commencement NU. This email contains an editable link, which you can use to re-enter the form to update your request. You will see that you can now indicate up to four guests and will be prompted to provide the additional names, emails, and ADA accommodation requests for each of your four guests.
If you have not already registered, you can fill out a new form found on the Commencement website. The deadline remains 11:59 p.m. CDT this Sunday, May 16, for all ticket requests or additions.
Late Regalia Orders
If you have not yet ordered your regalia and would still like to do so, please use the Northwestern Bookstore’s Online Ordering Portal Ship to Home option to order your regalia. Your regalia will be shipped if you order by May 16.
Testing for COVID-19
If you have registered for the in-person 2020 Graduation Celebration, you will receive instructions to participate in COVID-19 testing on June 10 or June 11. Testing remains an important component in preventing the spread of the virus.
Everyone must wear a mask on campus both indoors and outdoors. If you are attending your in-person Convocation, you will receive a purple mask that matches your regalia. Guests should plan to wear their own mask.
You received an email to your Northwestern email address from NameCoach inviting you to record your name as you would like it read at the ceremony. Please log in and record your name by this Sunday, May 16.
As a reminder, the deadline for registration, all ticket requests, regalia and name recording is Sunday, May 16, at 11:59 p.m. CDT. If you need any assistance, please contact the Commencement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-491-3600. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate evolving health guidance and look forward to celebrating you.
Kelly Schaefer and Jeremy Schenk
April 27, 2021
Dear Graduates of the Class of 2020,
We look forward to celebrating your achievements with our Graduation Weekend Celebration. With June fast approaching, below you can find reminders, registration information, and event details to help you prepare for this exciting time with your friends, family members, and loved ones.
Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration
- The deadline to order regalia is Sunday, May 2, at 11:59 p.m. if you do not have yours from last year. Regalia can be purchased and sent to Norris University Center for in-person pick up or shipped to an off-campus location for a fee. More information on regalia can be found on the Commencement website, as can mementos such as class rings and diploma frames.
- The 2020 Graduation Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time at Ryan Field. We welcome graduates of the Class of 2020 to return to campus for an in-person ceremony, including the chance to walk the stage and hear your name read. If you would like to register for this event, please fill out this form
- Each graduate can request tickets for up to two guests, who will be seated together in pods, which allows for social distancing between ticketed parties seated together.
- Event size and ticket limitations apply to all gatherings, regardless of the size of the venue or program. This decision is predicated on the current and anticipated health and safety conditions outlined by public health guidelines. Due to the complexities of planning these events, Northwestern will be unable to make more tickets available, even if a shift in state guidance before Graduation Weekend permits it. Ticket requests are in the registration form linked above. Tickets will have assigned seats and will be emailed after June 1, 2021.
- Accommodations and Accessibility
- Northwestern University provides 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. Every reasonable effort will be made to implement accommodations in an effective and timely manner. Captioning will be available in English on site and on the livestreams in English, Spanish, and Mandarin, and any additional accessibility requests can be requested on the registration form linked above.
- Severe Weather Plans
- Events will take place on schedule in the case of rain. In case of severe weather, events may be altered. This could include a delay in the start time, moving the ceremony to a different time in the weekend schedule, or canceling the event. More information concerning severe weather plans for Commencement will be available on the Commencement website closer to the event date.
The Commencement website offers helpful information, and if you have specific questions, please contact the office at email@example.com or by phone at 847-491-3600. We look forward to celebrating you.
Kelly Schaefer and Jeremy Schenk
April 6, 2021
Title: Graduation Weekend Update
Dear Classes of 2020 and 2021,
With the recent evolution of public health guidance around gatherings, I am delighted to invite the Classes of 2020 and 2021 back to campus for modified in-person Graduation celebrations in June. These graduation rituals have been designed to create cherished memories, and we hope to safely foster as many of them as possible.
We will host in-person school convocations for the Class of 2021, while Commencement will remain virtual. We also will welcome the Class of 2020 back to campus for an in-person Graduation Celebration.
We anticipate that state guidelines will allow us to gather in greater numbers by mid-June to recognize and honor your incredible Northwestern achievements, yet we are mindful that the trajectory of the pandemic and state guidance may change, forcing further alterations in our plans. We will continue to keep you informed if changes are necessary and will prioritize in-person Graduation Weekend celebrations that provide a safe environment for all participants.
More information about the Graduation Weekend follows, and schools will share details about convocations directly with you.
Class of 2021 Virtual Commencement
Commencement, the large graduation ceremony that traditionally takes place at Ryan Field, will remain virtual due to capacity restrictions and uncertainty regarding health guidance. This year’s ceremony will be streamed live at 11 a.m. Central Time (CT) on Monday, June 14, allowing us to focus our energy and attention where you have told us it matters most – at your more intimate, school-based convocation events.
Class of 2021 In-person Convocations
Convocations will take place June 12, 13 and 14 at Ryan Field and the Ryan Fieldhouse. These events are hosted by your schools to celebrate your accomplishments individually, including having your name read while you make the final triumphant walk of your Northwestern journey across the stage. These events also will be live streamed for those viewing remotely. This is a well-earned moment filled with meaning for you and your loved ones.
Class of 2020 In-person Graduation Celebration
The Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration will take place at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, June 12, at Ryan Field and will be streamed live. All graduates from the Class of 2020 are invited to return to campus for this exciting event. Based on your feedback from the survey, we expect attendance at this event to remain below state capacity limits, allowing us to celebrate your achievements together. Here, you will be recognized, and your name will be read as you cross the stage.
The Commencement Office will follow up soon to provide information about registration and limited ticketing. Each graduate will receive at least two tickets. Please use the Commencement website as a resource for information about Graduation Weekend. If you have specific questions, please contact our staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 847-491-3600.
Congratulations on your academic accomplishments! I look forward to celebrating with you during these Graduation festivities.
President and Professor
This letter is being sent to eligible students who earned degrees in Fall 2020 and have been reported to the Office of the Registrar as potential candidates for degrees in Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021. It is important to understand that receipt of this letter by Class of 2021 students does not imply confirmation of your eligibility to graduate.
March 16, 2021
Dear Class of 2020 Graduate,
Last June, we celebrated your academic achievements in a virtual format amidst the coronavirus pandemic, to protect the health of you, your families and our entire Northwestern community. We also pledged to invite you back for an in-person event at a safer and more suitable moment, targeting the weekend of June 12-13, 2021.
Current State of Illinois regulations allow for no more than 50 people to gather indoors, and, under certain conditions, 100 people outdoors. We do not anticipate these numbers will increase significantly in time for us to plan large-scale mid-June events. But we believe we can provide an option for a safe and meaningful academic procession for you and for each of our 2020 graduates.
You will receive a survey tomorrow about your interest in such a personal procession. In keeping with state rules, attendance would be kept to a very small number. If you register for this experience, you will be able to process across a stage in regalia, hear your name read, and have the opportunity for photos. Your procession and name-reading would be livestreamed for family and friends.
The Commencement Office will send out information regarding registration and will communicate more details as plans develop further for June 12 and 13. The Commencement website also offers helpful information. If you have specific questions you may contact the University Commencement Office at email@example.com or by phone at 847-491-3600.
More than a year into this global health emergency, we share your disappointment that the time is still not right for a large-scale, in-person event honoring your remarkable academic successes at Northwestern. But we hope you will be able to join us for this smaller-scale celebration.
President and Professor
Provost and Professor
Vice President, Student Affair
February 8, 2021
Dear Graduate of the Class of 2020,
This is the time of year when we begin preparations for Northwestern’s Class of 2020 Graduation on Saturday, June 12, 2021. After last year's difficult decision to hold virtual celebrations for the Class of 2020, we are eager to commemorate your Northwestern journey. The slowly changing status of the ongoing pandemic has us still working to find the best way to celebrate your accomplishments as a graduate this year. We thank you for your understanding in this uncertain time, and we will update you when a determination is made.
The Commencement website will be updated with more details and helpful information as decisions are made, following guidance from the CDC and the state of Illinois. If you have specific questions regarding Commencement, please contact the University Commencement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 847-491-3600. We look forward to celebrating with you.
Kelly Schaefer, PhD and Jeremy Schenk, EdD
This letter is being sent to students who earned degrees in Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020.
June 16, 2020
Dear Prospective Graduate,
Congratulations! Although this has been a challenging spring, you have accomplished so much in your time at Northwestern. We hope you will take time to celebrate on Friday during the 162nd Commencement ceremony. The University will confer your hard-earned degree, which is truly a recognition of your accomplishments, and the ceremony aims to match this outstanding achievement.
Friday will be a monumental day for many reasons, especially given the events of recent weeks. Because Friday is Juneteenth, we know some of you will commemorate this important holiday as well. Others will take part in the Million Man March planned for downtown Chicago or in other marches across the country or around the world. Part of your journey at Northwestern has been to find your voice. Making it heard on important issues is crucial at this time.
We believe our Commencement speaker, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, embodies these principles as well. A trailblazer who has broken barriers and expanded our sense of possibilities, Mayor Lightfoot is a strong voice on racial disparities amid the COVID-19 pandemic and recently created the Chicago Resiliency Fund to help those who did not qualify for federal stimulus funding.
We have heard your feedback about our virtual ceremony, and we are grateful to those of you who have reached out to us. We value and encourage activism, and we respect your lived experiences. We have listened closely to your thoughts as we work to make the virtual Commencement ceremony meaningful and worthy of you. Among our most important Northwestern values are those that encourage us to listen, evaluate and challenge thoughts, beliefs and actions — and continue the hard conversations that make academic freedom so important, both here and in the greater world.
With that in mind, here are reminders about engaging in your virtual Commencement experience:
Plan Your Day: Last week, you received an email from your school with information for how attend Commencement virtually. Information was sent only to you; please invite your loved ones to watch the ceremony by sharing the link. If watching at 11 a.m. Central Time is not an option, the ceremony will be posted online to view after the ceremony airs. You can also watch from the Commencement web page. You will receive one more email from your school later this week. After Commencement ends, the full ceremony will be posted, as will individual segments of the ceremony, on the Commencement website.
Wear Your Regalia: For those of you who ordered regalia, regalia is made-to-order, and started shipping June 1, 2020. Packages may be delayed due to forces outside our control. If you did not receive an order confirmation email, please check your spam/junk folder. If you still do not see the confirmation, please send an email to the Commencement Office, and for reference, have your order number ready.
Share Your Authentic Northwestern Experiences:
- Share on Instagram and Twitter with #NU2020 for your posts to be featured before our Commencement ceremony begins.
- Participate in creating a number of photo mosaics, which will be used to honor the Class of 2020. Add pictures by using #NU2020, or by uploading pictures to the online portal. Photo Mosaics could take the form of the Arch, Spring Quarter experiences, a four-year retrospective — we want to see you and for you to be seen.
If you have any questions, please contact the Commencement Office at email@example.com.
We look forward to hosting you at the virtual Commencement. Once again, congratulations.
Kelly Schaefer, Ph.D.
Jeremy Schenk, Ed.D.
This letter is being sent to everyone who has been approved by the Registrar’s office for participation in the 2020 ceremony. Receipt of this letter does not imply confirmation of your eligibility to graduate.
June 5, 2020
Dear Prospective Graduate and Families,
As we near the end of what has been an incredibly challenging quarter, please know that we are thinking of you and how we can make your virtual Commencement memorable and reflective of the incredible work you have done in your years at Northwestern. We are just two weeks from Commencement, a recognition of your achievement in which we will confer your degree, which you have worked tirelessly to attain.
We know that many of you are struggling right now, under the weight of the ongoing pandemic and in the wake of the horrific killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, as well as the protests that have followed. This continues to reflect our country’s struggle with a long history of racism. We are hopeful that Commencement can serve as an opportunity to come together as a Northwestern community and that your weekend of recognition can provide a reason to be proud of your accomplishments amid these difficult times.
To help make this day go smoothly, please review the following checklist in order to best prepare for your virtual Commencement experience:
Submit Your Accessibility Requests
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 will be provided upon request. Please contact the Commencement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 491-3600 by Friday, June 12, to request an accommodation. Every reasonable effort will be made to implement accommodations in an effective and timely manner.
Join the Event
Commencement is just one part of your graduation experience.
- Plan to send the ceremony link, which you will receive via email from your schools by the end of next week, to your friends and family. If watching at 11 a.m. CDT is not an option, the ceremony will be posted online to view at any time.
- Order graduation keepsakes for this important milestone from the bookstore.
Wear Your Regalia
For those of you who ordered regalia, it is made-to-order and started shipping June 1. You will be receiving an email, if you have not already, with tracking information. Packages may be delayed due to street closures related to the ongoing civil unrest. If you did not receive an order confirmation email or tracking email, please check your spam/junk folder. If you still do not see anything, please send an email to staff in the University Bookstore to obtain your tracking number.
Share Your Authentic Northwestern Experiences
- Share on Instagram and Twitter with #NU2020. You may see your posts featured before our Commencement ceremony begins.
- We invite you to participate in creating a number of photo mosaics that will be used to honor the Class of 2020. Add pictures by using the aforementioned hashtag, #NU2020, or by uploading pictures to the online portal. Photo Mosaics could take the form of the arch, spring quarter experiences, a four-year retrospective –- we want to see you and for you to be seen.
Share More Ideas
Most importantly, we continue to collect input and feedback; the commencement staff wants to hear from you about how to honor your time at Northwestern and your engagement with our community. Please write to us at the Commencement Office email address, email@example.com, with more of your ideas, thoughts and concerns. We hope to hear from you.
We hope you are healthy and safe, and we look forward to hosting you at the virtual Commencement. All the best as you complete finals and final projects. Once again, congratulations on your pending achievement, and we look forward to recognizing you.
Kelly Schaefer, Ph.D.
Jeremy Schenk, Ed.D.
May 1, 2020
Dear graduating students,
On April 22, I wrote announcing that I will get back to you with more information regarding our virtual University commencement on June 19, and on our plans to hold an in-person, on-campus graduation event in the future. I asked you to share your ideas, and I have received many thoughtful replies.
We intend to ensure that both the virtual commencement and in-person ceremony offer you and your loved ones the full graduation experience. Both events will allow us to honor your extraordinary accomplishments. Some of you are first-generation college graduates. Others are triple-purple grads with multiple Northwestern degrees. All of you are cherished members of the worldwide Northwestern family.
Here are some details about our plans for the virtual commencement this spring and the in-person graduation ceremony, which will take place in June 2021:
As we’ve done for 161 years prior, our administration and trustees will recognize your accomplishments across our many disciplines. Your degrees will be conferred on June 19, 2020, at 11 a.m. CT, which reflects a time change to accommodate those students on the West Coast. I realize that some of you will have obligations next spring that might make it difficult to attend the in-person graduation event, and others may find it difficult to travel at that time, especially those living overseas. That is why we intend to make this virtual ceremony every bit as rich and meaningful as possible.
We’ll have a full roster of speakers, including some of your student peers, and we will be conferring honorary degrees on trailblazers in a number of fields, including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who will be our featured speaker.
Our schools will be in touch with you soon regarding their own plans surrounding commencement.
Spring 2021 In-Person Graduation Ceremonies
Public-health experts have suggested that it may be some time before it is safe to hold large-scale public gatherings, but we know that an in-person event is incredibly important to our students and families, and is essential for our community. We believe that the most responsible way to hold a top-notch ceremony, to recognize you individually and as a member of the Class of 2020, is to schedule it close to next year’s graduation ceremonies.
We will invite all 2020 graduates back to campus to celebrate your accomplishments in June 2021. We will recognize you as a class throughout Graduation Weekend —honoring graduate students during a convocation ceremony, and undergraduates with a stand-alone graduation ceremony distinct from celebrations of the Class of 2021. We will confirm a date as public-health guidance becomes clear, but we anticipate holding it Saturday, June 12, 2021.
Please make sure to visit our regalia page on our commencement website. There, you can order your own regalia, which Northwestern is providing for free this year in response to your requests. They will be yours to wear on June 19, to bring back to campus next June for your in-person graduation ceremony, and to keep forever. Please order them by the end of the day on Sunday, May 10. The Northwestern Bookstore will make every effort to ensure your regalia arrives before the June 19 ceremony.
We will mail your diploma to your home address after commencement, along with any honor cords you may have earned. To ensure delivery of these items, please log into your CAESAR profile to verify your current address is correct.
Finally, if you have any questions related to commencement, please contact the Commencement Office via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, at (847) 491-3600. To follow Northwestern updates on COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 information page.
I look forward to sharing these graduation experiences with you. I hope that this once-in-a-lifetime moment will be a twice-in-a-lifetime one.
President and Professor
March 23, 2020
Dear Prospective Graduate,
In these unprecedented times, we are looking forward to the celebration of Commencement, knowing that it is important to you and your families, as well as to the faculty, staff, and administration who have walked alongside you through your Northwestern journey. This is a difficult time for us all, but as President Schapiro has pledged, we will do our very best to honor you and your accomplishments in the most meaningful way possible.
We will align preparations for Northwestern's 162nd Annual Commencement ceremony on June 19, 2020 with the University’s assessment of returning to on-campus instruction. All decisions will be made in conjunction with the university's response schedule after April 17th, 2020.
Northwestern University is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak (commonly known as coronavirus) to best advocate for the health and safety of our campus community. To best protect our community members, Northwestern is evaluating all upcoming events, including the 162nd Commencement, to determine all necessary precautions that must be taken.
- We are delaying the release of tickets until after the University's April 17th assessment of the situation for the 2020 Commencement and School Convocations.
- Regalia ordering will also align with the University's decision-making process.
- Shipping will be available for students who would like to order their regalia to an off-campus address, rather than the traditional on-campus pick-up.
Undergraduates with Financial Need
- Financial Aid covers the full cost of caps and gowns for graduating undergraduate students with financial need. Students who qualify will receive this funding in their Northwestern account. This will also cover the cost of shipping.
- To follow Northwestern updates on COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 information page.
ContactIf you have any questions related to Commencement, please contact the Commencement Office via:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 847-491-3600
Kelly Schaefer, PhD
Jeremy Schenk, PhD
Note: This letter is being sent to students who earned degrees in Fall 2019 and potential candidates for degrees in Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020. It is important to understand that receipt of this letter does not imply confirmation of your eligibility to graduate.
January 28, 2020
Dear 2020 Degree Candidates:I am pleased to announce that Northwestern University will hold its One Hundred and Sixty-Second Annual Commencement at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Ryan Field. We look forward to welcoming you, your family members, and friends who have supported you during your time at Northwestern, all in celebration of your achievements.
As you plan for the 2020 Commencement Weekend, we want to make you aware of a few things:
- Each participating degree candidate will be allocated 10 guest tickets for the ceremony held at Ryan Field.
- Tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.
Please note: In case of severe weather, the ceremony may be altered. This could include a delay in the start time, moving the ceremony to a different time in the weekend schedule, or some other accommodation. More information concerning severe weather plans for Commencement will be available on the Commencement website.
I invite you to attend the President's Reception, scheduled for Thursday, June 18, at 11:30 a.m., and the Interfaith Baccalaureate Service that afternoon, from 4 to 5 p.m. No tickets are required for these events.
Individual school convocations, where graduates are recognized by name, follow the University Commencement ceremony at various times on Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20. Convocation information will be sent to graduating students by their respective schools, and questions concerning convocations should be directed to the individual school offices.
The Commencement website offers many more details and helpful information. If you have specific questions regarding Commencement, please contact the University Commencement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 847-491-3600.
I look forward to celebrating with you at Northwestern University’s Commencement.
President and Professor
(This letter is being sent to students who earned degrees in Fall 2019 and have been reported to the Office of the Registrar as potential candidates for degrees in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020. It is important to understand that receipt of this letter does not imply confirmation of your eligibility to graduate.)