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Commencement 2016

Grads reflect on gratitude and humility

More than 21,000 people gathered under sunny skies for Northwestern’s 158th Commencement ceremony at Ryan Field to celebrate the Class of 2016.

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Can’t contain the excitement!!”

- c8linog on Instagram

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Seth's words

Thank you graduating class of 2016 for having me here today. I’d like to start by focusing on me. In saying how excited I am with my new title doctor of arts. Doctor of arts, also known as doctor least requested in an emergency. Is there a doctor on the plane? I’m a doctor! Of arts.

Sit down sir.

I believe you meant “sit down, doctor.”

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Graduation Features

Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers comes home

Comedian and Northwestern alumnus Seth Meyers, host of NBC's "Late Night," is among five distinguished individuals recognized this year with honorary degrees.

Read their citations
Sandeep Bharadwaj
Student speaks to fellow grads

Graduating senior and student speaker Sandeep Bharadwaj has a message for fellow grads and guests: Behold the power of "not knowing."

Distinguished secondary teachers
Teachers who lit the spark

Five high school teachers who have had transformative effects on the lives of graduating seniors they once taught received special recognition this weekend.

About the honorees

1,978undergraduates expected to earn a Northwestern degree this year.


From funny Seth to heartfelt student speeches, Northwestern’s 158th Commencement was one for the books. Get all the highlights.
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Student Thaddeus Tukes
Just watch them

First-generation students often encounter an unknown world when they arrive on campus. These standouts have thrived at Northwestern.

Seniors to Watch
NU-Q graduates
From Doha to Evanston

Ten Northwestern University in Qatar graduates traveled from Doha to join their peers in Evanston for Commencement this year.

Read their stories
Northwestern graduates
Grads say thanks

New graduates say thanks to all of those who've helped them along the way on their journey through Northwestern.

Northwestern Baccalaureate service
Celebrating interfaith love

Graduates and guests from multiple backgrounds honor their faiths, diversity and understanding in a service ahead of Commencement.

Story and video
Paula Pretlow at Weinberg convocation
'Life happens. Show up.'

Weinberg convocation speaker Paula Pretlow, a 1977 graduate of the college, challenges this year's grads to make their lives count.

Read what she said
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