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Class of 2023 - Events For Prospective Graduates

Celebrations are events surrounding Commencement and Convocations that seek to recognize the plurality of identities graduates hold.

SES Commencement Event

SES Commencement Event

Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 3PM

Location: SES Office – Foster Walker (PLEX) House 6

Student Enrichment Services is excited to celebrate Class of 2023 graduates. All undergraduate students who identify as first-generation, lower-income, and/or undocumented/DACA will receive a FGLI graduation gift. Undergraduate students who identify as first-generation college students will also receive a First-Gen stole. You can drop by the SES office on Thursday, June 1st from 3:00p.m. – 5:30p.m. to pick up your items. Can’t make it? A friend can pick up your items but they must have a photo of your Wildcard. This will be the only opportunity to pick up your items.

students and families at the Weber Arch

March Back Through The Arch

Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 6PM

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. This event will culminate in a Senior Send-Off Celebration. 

Please note: This event is for students only. Families and Guests are encouraged to attend Photos at the Arch on Friday, June 9, 3PM – 7PM. 

student signing their name at the rock

Leave Your Print

Friday, June 9, 2023 at 11AM

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, 11AM - 2PM, to sign your name, get your photo taken, and pick up a treat.

Weber Arch

Photos at the Arch

Friday, June 9, 2023 at 3PM

Location: Weber Arch

Get your picture at one of the most iconic campus landmarks. Our Graduation photographer, Dynamic Photo Systems, will be at the Weber Arch on Friday afternoon to start off your Graduation Weekend capturing this classic pic. Drop by any time between 3PM – 7PM!

student singing at baccalaureate

Baccalaureate Service

Friday, June 9, 2023 at 5PM

Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

The University Chaplain invites graduates, their families, and guests to attend Baccalaureate, an interfaith service incorporating the many traditions of the University.

President's Reception

President's Reception

Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 5PM

Location: Norris East Lawn

You and your guests are invited to join University President Michael Schill for a celebration honoring all of the year’s graduates.

Northwestern Hillel Graduation Celebration

Northwestern Hillel Graduation Open House

Monday, June 12, 2023 at 1PM

Location: Northwestern Hillel

Please join us for the Northwestern Hillel Open House celebrating the graduates of the Class of 2023!

If you have questions, please contact

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 11AM

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.

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MSA End-of-Year Celebrations

Every year, Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) hosts a series of End-of-Year Celebrations to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Please visit the MSA End-of-Year Celebrations page for more information.

student receiving a stole

Native American and Indigenous Community Celebration

Sunday,  May 21st at 5:00 PM

Location: Guild Lounge

The Native American and Indigenous Community Celebration is an annual event co-hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) that celebrates the yearly contributions of Native and Indigenous graduates, students, faculty, staff, and community members.   All students who participate will receive a white stole with purple and maple and oak leaves appliquéd by hand. 

students at Lavender graduation

Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, June 7th at 5:30 PM

Location: Cahn Auditorium

Lavender Graduation is an annual celebration hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs that celebrates the achievements of graduating students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community from Northwestern University. All students who register and participate will receive a rainbow and/or trans stole. 

students at the Latinx Congratulatory

Latinx Congratulatory

Thursday, June 8th at 5:30 PM

Location: Cahn Auditorium

The Latinx Congratulatory is an annual celebration hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Northwestern's Latinx graduates.   All students who participate will receive a Sun stole.  
student at Joy

The JOY: NU's Black Congratulatory

Friday, June 9th at 3:00 PM

Location: Cahn Auditorium

The Journey of Our Years, or the JOY, is an annual celebration hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Northwestern's Black graduates.   All students who participate will receive a Kente stole.  

students dancing at APIDA Senior Send-Off

APIDA Senior Send-Off

Friday, June 9th at 7:00 PM

Location: Cahn Auditorium

The APIDA Senior Send-Off is an annual celebration hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs to recognize and celebrate Northwestern's graduates of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi descent. All students who participate will receive an "APIDA NU Grad" stole.