Congratulations Class of 2018!

Northwestern and Student Enrichment Services is proud to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our graduating class! To celebrate this milestone, Student Enrichment Services is pleased to offer the following resources for our first generation and/or low-income graduates.  

Funding for Regalia (Caps and Gowns)

In partnership with Financial Aid, Student Enrichment Services will be covering the full cost of caps and gowns for graduating undergraduate students with financial need. Students who qualify will receive an email from Student Enrichment Services with ordering instructions. For more information, visit the Commencement website.

First Generation Graduates

In honor of being the first in your family to graduate college, The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs is sponsoring special First Generation Cords for you to wear as part of your regalia during commencement. In conjunction with the cords, Student Enrichment Services is providing unique buttons for you and your family to wear during this momentous occasion.

First Gen Cords and buttons will be picked up during the same week and same location that you’ll pick up your regalia. 

*What is a First Generation College Student?


Senior Week


Senior Week occurs between spring finals and commencement, providing activities to celebrate 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. These events are planned and managed by a committee of student volunteers. Through the SES Katz Fund, funding will be available for some ticketed events. Stay tuned for more details.

In the past, 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

For more details, visit the Student Organizations and Activites website