Graduation

Northwestern graduates and their families are invited to participate in a variety of graduation events including the University-wide Northwestern Commencement (conferral of degrees), individual school ceremonies, and department/program specific events and receptions. Please see the comprehensive list of McCormick events below.

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The 163rd Annual Northwestern University Commencement

June 14 at 11 a.m. CDT

Location: Virtual/Online

Commencement is the-all Northwestern ceremony where the graduating class is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.

The 163rd Annual Commencement will be held virtually. Guests and viewers will be able to tune into the livestream at the Commencement homepage on the day of the event.

View Commencement

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McCormick Convocation

Sunday, June 13 at 1 p.m.

Location: Ryan Field  map it

We are delighted to invite 2021 graduates to celebrate in person for the McCormick Convocation. All 2021 McCormick undergraduate, master’s, and PhD graduates will be honored at a single ceremony.

2021 Convocation Participation and Ticketing

Tickets will have assigned seats and will be emailed after June 1, 2021.

Registration and ticketing are now closed. 

View instructions for graduates and families

Members of the Class of 2020 are being recognized at a University-wide ceremony. More information is available on Northwestern's Class of 2020 Student Emails page.

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Personalized Commencement Webpage and Event Streaming

In the weeks before graduation, you will be receiving a link to a personalized webpage to connect you to a host of online materials recognizing the Class of 2021. Included in this webpage that you can share with family and friends, will be live video feeds and recordings of University Commencement and the McCormick Convocation. You can also watch these events on our McCormick Celebration page.

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Department and Program Receptions

Biomedical Engineering Graduation Reception 

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 1 p.m.
Location: Garrett Seminary Lawn (just south of 2133 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Corey Drennon

Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduation Reception 

Date: Sunday, June 13 at 4 p.m.
Location: Technological Institute Back/East Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Elizabeth Rentfro

Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduation Reception 

Date: Sunday, June 13 at 4 p.m.
Location: Technological Institute Front Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Charles Martell  

Computer Science Graduation Reception

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 5 p.m.
Location: Mudd Building Lawn (2233 Tech Drive)
Contact: Pam Villalovoz

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduation Reception 

Date: Monday, June 14 at 1 p.m.
Location: Technological Institute Back/East Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Ammon Johnson

Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics (ESAM) Graduation Reception 

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 12 p.m.
Location: Technological Institute Back/East Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Meelee Park

Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Senior Reception  

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Technological Institute Front Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Jill Wilson

Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences PhD Reception  

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 5 p.m.
Location: Technological Institute Front Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Seyed Iravani

Materials Science and Engineering Graduation Reception 

Date: Sunday, June 13 at 9 a.m.
Location: Technological Institute Back/East Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Emily Blair

Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Technological Institute Back/East Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Lauren Jones

Master of Product Design and Development Management (MPDD) Ceremony 

Date: Sunday, June 13 at 9 a.m.
Location: Technological Institute, Ryan Auditorium (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Susan Goren or Diona Geci

Master of Product Design and Development Management (MPDD) Graduation Reception

Date: Sunday, June 13 at 10 a.m.
Location: Garrett Seminary Lawn (just south of 2133 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Susan Goren or Diona Geci

Master of Project Management (MPM) and Master of Science in Executive Management for Design and Construction (EMDC) Graduation Reception 

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 5 p.m.
Location: Garrett Seminary Lawn (just south of 2133 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Karen Healy Stover

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Technological Institute Back/East Plaza (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Lauren Jones

Mechanical Engineering Graduation Reception 

Date: Sunday, June 13 at 4 p.m.
Location: Mudd Building Lawn (2233 Tech Drive)
Contact:  Jeremy Wells

MMM Awards Ceremony 

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m.
Location: Technological Institute, Ryan Auditorium (2145 Sheridan Road)
Contact: Susan Goren

MMM Graduation Reception  

Date: Saturday, June 12 at 12 p.m.
Location: Mudd Building Lawn (2233 Tech Drive)
Contact: Susan Goren

Segal Design Institute Graduation Reception 

Date: Sunday, June 13 at 4 p.m.
Location: Garrett Seminary Lawn (just south of 2133 Sheridan Road)
Contact:  Natalie Espinosa 

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COVID-19 Considerations

All visitors to Northwestern’s campus must adhere to the University’s safety protocols. Northwestern requires community members to wear masks indoors and at large outdoor gatherings or events. Graduates will be provided a matching face mask to wear with your regalia at check-in.

All guests will be required to wear a face mask to be admitted into Ryan Field. All graduates and guests must also monitor symptoms and avoid campus if they are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms.

Testing

Testing will not be required, but it is strongly encouraged and offered to 2021 graduates participating in graduation ceremonies. If you have any questions about testing, please email NU-COVID-testing-support@northwestern.edu.

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Additional Information

Please find additional graduation information on Northwestern University’s Commencement website.