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Graduation 2020

2021 In-Person Graduation Celebration for Class of 2020


2020 Virtual Commencement


2020 Commencement Program


View or Download the 2020 Commencement Program (PDF)

Baccalaureate 2020

2020 Honorary Degree Recipients

Each year, Northwestern awards Honorary Degrees to a select group of individuals of exceptional accomplishment. Past recipients include exemplary scholars, artists, actors, writers, musicians, politicians, and social leaders. Learn more about the selection process and how to submit a nomination.

Joanne Stubbe Presented by Amy Rosenzweig

Norman Lear Presented by Thomas Bradshaw

George Whitesides Presented by Teri Odom

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Presented by Nichole Pinkard

Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award Recipients

In the fall, President Morton Schapiro asks the graduating seniors to nominate teachers who have had a transforming impact on students. A selection committee chaired by Eugene Lowe, Assistant to the President and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, with support from the Associated Student Government, reviews the nominations and requests teaching portfolios from nominated teachers for finalist consideration.

A small group of finalists are interviewed and the committee recommends five outstanding teachers to President Schapiro for this recognition.

Click here for more information about the Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award.

Dr. John DeRose Nominated by Student Carter Rothman

Kristen Kirschner Nominated by Student Gabrielle Bienasz

Maria Hiassen Nominated by Student Sumin Woo

Joseph Brysiewicz Nominated by Student Jack Benjamin

Diana Niemann Nominated by Student Kristen Barnes