Convocation and Graduation

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music! 

Northwestern University's 159th Annual Commencement

Friday, June 16, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Ryan Field
1501 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60208

Tickets are required for this university-wide ceremony. Graduates are required to wear regalia for both the commencement and convocation programs.

More information about commencement

Bienen School of Music Convocation

Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:00 a.m. (All graduates should arrive in regalia no later than 8:15 a.m.)
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Tickets are not required. Convocation typically lasts 75 to 90 minutes and is followed by a reception in the Pick-Staiger lobby. Questions about the convocation ceremony can be directed to the Bienen Student Affairs Office (phone: 847-491-3818, email:

Important Convocation Details for Students

  • To help estimate attendance, we ask that you complete a convocation attendance RSVP, which will be emailed to you by the Student Affairs Office in mid-May.
  • Please let us know in your RSVP if you or your guests require special assistance.
  • The morning of the convocation ceremony, please enter Pick-Staiger through the Box Office entrance and proceed to the rehearsal room. You will be greeted by Bienen School of Music staff who will line you up by degree for procession.
  • Diplomas and a small gift will be presented to each graduating student at the convocation.

Ticket Information

Tickets are not required for the Bienen School convocation ceremony.


GradImages, a professional photography firm, will take a photo of you as you receive your diploma. You may pre-register your contact information with GradImages to receive notification when your proofs are ready.

Doctoral Candidates

DMA and PhD candidates, please invite your committee chairperson to participate in the convocation ceremony. If for some reason your chairperson cannot attend, you may invite an appropriate faculty substitute. At the designated time, you will proceed across the stage carrying your hood over your arm. You will then hand your hood to your committee chairperson, who will place the hood over your head.


Purple gowns custom designed for Northwest­ern are the standard regalia and must be worn by all participating candi­dates. Bachelor’s degree regalia include a souvenir stole. Advanced degree candidates wear hoods. The lining of the Northwestern hood is purple and gold, and the color of the velvet border of the hood indicates the academic area. The Bienen School tassels and hoods are pink. PhD tassels are gold metallic and the hood is dark blue.

Rental arrangements for caps and gowns must be made online by May 19, 2017. PhD candidates may elect to purchase the official Northwestern gown and should contact to make those arrangements.

More information about regalia


Guests may park in the Lakeside Parking Structure (1 Arts Circle Dr). This lot is adjacent to the south end of the Ryan Center for Musical Arts. The South Campus Parking Garage (1847 Campus Dr), attached to the Segal Visitor Center, will also be open for parking on the day of the ceremony.

Guests with impaired mobility may use Arts Circle Drive for drop off in front of Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.