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Family Email Reminders

February 15, 2023 | Congratulations on your upcoming student's graduation

Dear Parents and Families of 2023 Degree Candidates:

I am pleased to announce that Northwestern University will hold its One Hundred and Sixty-Fifth Annual Commencement at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2023 at Ryan Field. We look forward to welcoming you - family members and friends - who have supported our students while at Northwestern and encourage you to join us in celebrating their many accomplishments.

As you plan for your time at Northwestern for Graduation Weekend, I want to make you aware of a few things:

  • Your graduate will be invited to two ceremonies: their school’s convocation (where they will be individually recognized and hear their name read), and the University-wide Commencement ceremony. Some graduate programs do not participate in the school convocations and have departmental ceremonies instead. Your student’s program will communicate with them if this is the case.
  • Each participating degree candidate can receive up to 10 guest tickets for the University-wide Commencement ceremony held at Ryan Field. Ticket ordering instructions will be sent to your students in their Northwestern email on February 27, 2023. This email will also contain information about how students can order their regalia. 
  • Individual school convocations, where graduates are recognized by name, will be held at various times between Saturday, June 10 and Monday, June 12. A complete list of convocations can be found on the Graduation website. Graduates may also order up to 10 tickets for this ceremony. Convocation information will be sent to graduating students by their respective schools, and additional questions concerning convocations should be directed to the individual school offices. 
  • PLEASE REMIND YOUR STUDENT: Grad Fair is Thursday, March 2. Although not required, this is a great opportunity for students to get things done early! Students can drop in to the Wildcat Room in Norris any time between 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to order their tickets and regalia, try on class rings, and get their graduation questions answered. All student attendees will be entered into a drawing for a Northwestern Diploma Frame, and light refreshments will be served.  

The Graduation website offers more details and helpful information. If you have specific questions regarding Graduation Weekend 2023, please contact the Northwestern Graduation Office at or by phone at 847-491-3600. 

I look forward to seeing you during Graduation Weekend!


Matt Lengen
Executive Director, Office of Graduation and Senior Year Experiences
(This letter is being sent to parents/families of students who earned degrees in Fall 2022 or have been reported to the Office of the Registrar as potential candidates for degrees in Winter 2023, Spring 2023 and (excepting TGS) Summer 2023. Receipt of this letter does not imply confirmation of eligibility to graduate.)