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Congratulatories

Every year, the Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) hosts a series of congratulatory celebrations to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Graduates are invited to register and take part in these joyous celebrations. Below is a list of Congratulatory Celebrations.

In light of President Schapiro's message regarding moving the commencement ceremonies virtually, our Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) staff extends our sadness in not being able to celebrate your accomplishment in-person.  MSA is committed to honoring this milestone; therefore, MSA Congratulatory Ceremonies will move forward virtually.   All graduates from the Class of 2020 are invited to register and take part in these joyous celebrations.  

Graduating students are required to register online to take part in the celebration.  Registration is open and will close on Monday, May 11 at midnight.  Please note we cannot accept registrations past May 11th because of tight turnarounds related to communication, recording, and marketing deadlines. 

Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, June 17th 6 pm CDT

Lavender Graduation is an inspiring and affirming ceremony co-sponsored with Northwestern University Pride Alumni Club (NUPAC) that celebrates the achievements of graduating students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, asexual and ally community from Northwestern University.

All students who participate will receive a rainbow tassel and stole to wear with their academic regalia during commencement activities and will be invited to join the NUPAC.

students at lavender graduation
a student receiving his stole at JOY

The Joy: NU's Black Congratulatory

Thursday, June 18th 1 pm CDT

The Journey of Our Years, or The JOY, is our way of recognizing and celebrating all of NU's Black graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergraduates, participation is open to any and all NU graduates who might want to participate.

Latinx Congratulatory

Thursday, June 18th 6:30 pm CDT

The Latinx Congratulatory is our way of recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of Northwestern's Latinx graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergraduates, participation is open to any and all graduates who identify with the Hispanic/Latinx community.

 

student celebrating with family

FAQ's

  • 1. When will Congratulatories take place? TBD
  • 2. Are we getting our stoles? We are working on the logistics of providing stoles for participants of our Congratulatories. More information will be available soon. 
  • 3. Why can't I register past May 11th? We cannot accept registrations past May 11th because of tight turnarounds related to communication, recording, and marketing deadlines. 
  • 4. How can I share the virtual celebration with my friends and family? Information on how to access the virtual ceremony will be provided to the participating graduates in a future announcement.  
  • 5. Is it only open to undergraduate students? While our Congratulatories are primarily geared towards undergraduate students we welcome graduate student participation in our ceremonies.
  • 6. Can I participate in more than one ceremony? Yes, the registration form allows graduating students to sign up for multiple Congratulatories. 
  • 7. Will the ceremonies be live or pre-recorded? We are determining the logistics of each ceremony and will provide graduates with more information by mid-May.
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