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End-of-Year FAQs

Where do I get Heritage stoles? (Also known as International Stoles)

Heritage stoles (also known as International Stoles) are stoles with specific country flags. MSA no longer coordinates heritage stoles distribution. Please see the Commencement website for regalia information. Should you want a heritage stole order one when ordering your regalia under "International stole" 

Why are these dates/times during finals week?

As of 2021, senior week no longer exists at Northwestern. These are the dates and times available to offer a ceremony. 

What if I have finals during the ceremony?

Feel free to still register for the event(s) even if you cannot attend. You can pick up your stole on Saturday, June 10. Time will be communicated to registered graduates. 

Can I bring guests? How many?

We encourage you to invite friends, family, and community to celebrate with you. 

What will the seating be like for the events?

For The JOY, Lavendar Graduation, APIDA Senior Send-Off, and Latinx Congratulatory graduates and ceremony participants (performers/stolers/speakers) will have assigned reserved seating. The remainder of Cahn will be open seating for all guests to sit where they like with whomever they choose.

What if I already bought a stole through the regalia website?

MSA does not run regalia distribution other than the stoles associated with each of our ceremonies. If you already bought a Rainbow or Kente stole and are hoping to seek a return/refund or cancellation of your order contact the regalia vendor (540-387-0000 or to see if that is possible. 

How much does it cost for a stole in an MSA ceremony?

MSA provides our stoles free of charge to graduates that register for our events. 

I submitted my info and need to update something/change the information I submitted:

If this is during open registration, please fully re-registrar. Your most recent submission is what will be used for the celebration(s) you opt into.

If you need to do this AFTER registration closed (April 27th), please email Information shared after the registration is NOT guaranteed to make program materials due to other planning deadlines.

What is the dress code for the event?

There is no dress code for the event. Students traditionally do not wear graduation robes to the event. Come as you are. Most often we see students come in business casual attire.