There are two types of graduation ceremonies at Northwestern: NU Commencement and the school Convocations.

  • Commencement is the university-wide event held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Ryan Field.
  • Convocations are the school-specific events. The School of Communication Convocations will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Pick Staiger Concert Hall.

The School of Communication conducts its Convocation in two ceremonies. Students participate in the convocation dedicated to their primary major. The ceremonies will be divided as noted:

  • 1:30 p.m. – Radio, Television & Film, Dance, Performance Studies, and Theatre
  • 5:00 p.m. – Communication Studies and Communication Sciences and Disorders

All students are required to wear caps and gowns for both events. During the School of Communication Convocation, each graduate will be photographed as they are congratulated by School of Communication Dean, Barbara O’Keefe.

Each senior who attends the 2018 Northwestern Commencement ceremony will receive 10 admission tickets to the University Wide Commencement and 5 tickets for guests to the School of Communication Convocation Ceremony. (Graduating students do not require a ticket.) Tickets guarantee admission, but do not reserve specific seats. Tickets to Commencement will be distributed through the University Athletic Ticketing Office.  Tickets to the SoC Convocations will be distributed via the School’s Online Ticketing agent in late April or early May. Students will be notified about securing their tickets via their Northwestern email account by the Northwestern Commencement Office and the SoC Student Resource Center.

Contingent upon the number or graduates participating in each ceremony, a limited number of additional tickets may become available.  Should extra tickets become available, students will be instructed via email about how to reserve up to 2 additional tickets, on a first come, first served basis.  Graduates will pick up their cap and gown in early June.

Additional information regarding the NU 2018 Commencement ceremony and regalia ordering is available at Travel and hotel information can be found on the University Commencement website:

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