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The Language We Use to Celebrate Our Graduates

  • Commencement* is the-all Northwestern ceremony where the 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 individual schools. Students are individually recognized at their school’s convocation ceremony.
  • Celebrations are events surrounding Commencement and Convocations that seek to recognize aspects of our graduates’ Northwestern experience.

*Ticketed event. Students will need to reserve a separate set of tickets for each ticketed event they plan to attend.