Reserve Your Tickets

Beginning today (March 26), you may reserve guest tickets for Commencement. Go to the Commencement tickets web site and log-in with the following promotion code: 

  • COMM18+StudentID   
  • Example: if your studentid = 1234567; then promotion code = COMM18+1234567


  • You may then request a maximum of ten (10) tickets for the ceremony.
  • You can only enter the ticketing website once.

Accessibility Needs

As part of the ten-ticket allotment, students will be permitted to request accessible seating for their guests who require mobility accommodation. Please be sure to follow the prompts and indicate how many of your guests will require this type of accessible seating. Visit our Guests with Accessibility Needs page for information pertaining to guests who require sight and hearing accommodations. 

Confirmation of Tickets

Once the tickets are reserved, you may be asked to create a profile for your account if you do not already have one in the system.  A confirmation will then be sent via email to the email address you indicate in your profile. On June 4, your official tickets will be emailed to this same address for you to print.  

Please note, only Northwestern University students will be able to reserve and print tickets for the Commencement ceremony. Ticket reservations and adjustments can be made by calling or emailing the Commencement office. Ticket reservations must be placed by May 18, 2018. 

Print Your Tickets

  • Beginning June 4, 2018, students will be emailed PDF versions of their Commencement tickets to provide to their guests.
  • Tickets will be sent from Nu Athletics. Please be sure to check your spam folders.
  • Contact the Athletics Department about issues or changes with ticket orders at or 847-491-2287 or 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775).
  • Any person occupying a seat must present a printed ticket for admittance.
  • Children under the age of three (3) who will sit in a lap during the entire ceremony do not require a ticket.
  • Gates for guest seating open at 8:00 a.m.
  • Tickets will assign guests a particular section in Ryan Field, but not specific seats. Guests may sit anywhere in their assigned section. Sections are assigned and grouped by school for better viewing of graduates.
  • Convocation tickets for the School of Communication and The Graduate School will be emailed June 4, 2018.

Convocation Tickets