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Class of 2024 - Events For Prospective Graduates

Celebrations are events surrounding Commencement and Convocations that seek to recognize aspects of our graduates’ Northwestern experience.

Senior students dancing

Senior Formal: A Night Under the Stars

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Location: Theater on the Lake


students and families at the Weber Arch

March Back Through The Arch

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Deering Meadow

Just as March Through the Arch was a symbolic start to your Northwestern career, March Back Through the Arch is the bookend. Meet at Deering Meadow to march the reverse of the original path with your friends and classmates.

President's Reception

Graduating Students Reception

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Lakefront Reception Tent

All graduates and their guests are welcome for a picnic-style dinner at the Graduating Students Reception on Sunday, June 9. This event is free and does not require tickets or advance reservationsThe reception tent will be near the north entrance to the lakefill and will begin at 7:00 pm with a fireworks show over the lake anticipated to start about 8:45 pm.

student signing their name at the rock

Leave Your Print

Date and time to be determined

Location: The Rock

Whether you painted the Rock or not during your time as a student, this is a chance to participate in a Northwestern tradition. The Northwestern Alumni Association invites you to stop by the Rock to sign your name, get your photo taken, and pick up a treat.

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony

Date and time to be determined

Location: Northwestern Lakefill

The NROTC mission is to develop future officers mentally, morally, and physically, and to instill in them the highest ideals of duty, loyalty, and the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers.

Email Jim Edwards for more information.

Campus Inclusion & Community End-of-Year Celebrations

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Campus Religious Centers Events

Northwestern University is privileged to have a rich spiritual community adjacent to the Evanston campus dedicated to serving Northwestern students, faculty, and staff. Northwestern's campus religious partners operate in their own centers and are supported by affiliated non-profits.


2024 Hillel Commencement Celebration
June 7: Shabbat dinner at 7pm
June 8: Shabbat Kiddush from 12:30-1:30pm
June 9: Open House from 2-4pm
June 10: Bagel Brunch from 12-2pm
Location: Northwestern Hillel
If you are interested in Shabbat services, please contact Rabbi Jessica Lott for more information.

Sheil Catholic Center's Graduation Mass
Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Sheil Catholic Center
Graduates will also be celebrated at Mass on Sunday, June 9 at 9:30AM, 11AM, and 5PM.