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Northwestern School of Communication

Annual Events

Explore some of the annual celebrations, events and milestones that SoC students experience each year. 

School-wide Celebrations

School of Communication Convocation

In June, Dean E. Patrick Johnson hosts a convocation ceremony for School of Communication undergraduates and graduate students in the MS SLL Program and AuD Clinical Doctorate Program.

This School of Communications ceremony is in addition to the all-University Commencement ceremony.

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Annual Performances

Each year, SoC students put on dozens of shows, including these annual performance traditions.


Senior Dance Concert

The final project of senior dance majors and minors is choreographed, produced and performed by students under the guidance of dance faculty advisors. The concert concludes the seniors’ undergraduate studies and introduces their work to the professional dance community.

Female student sits on stage in front of crowd with her arms expressively extended wide while speaking

Performance Hours

Each year the Performance Studies department sponsors three or four “performance hours” featuring faculty- or student-directed work; and three “performance hours” developed by students in the freshman-level introductory course.


Dolphin Show

As the largest student-produced musical in the country, the Dolphin Show works on one musical per year. The show puts together a Broadway level professional show, performed at the end of the year. 


Waa-Mu Show

NU’s oldest musical tradition takes place in The Waa-Mu Show. Over 150 undergraduate students combine to create an original musical every year. 

Networking and Career Events

In addition to these annual events, EPICS (External Programs, Internships and Career Services) offers trainings, networking events and workshops throughout the year.