Graduation Procedures

Undergraduate Students

See the Registrar’s Office for full Graduation Preparation Details and Deadlines.

Graduate Students

Please email Christina Wouters for the Petition to Graduate form.

All Students

Visit Northwestern's Graduation website and review Class of 2023 Student Emails.

Bienen School of Music Convocation

Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

All graduates should arrive in regalia no later than 12:15 p.m.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Convocation Details for Graduates


Purple gowns custom designed for Northwestern are the standard regalia and must be worn by all graduates participating in convocation and graduation ceremonies.

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.

April 21 - Student regalia ordering deadline for ship to bookstore
May 12 - Student regalia ordering deadline for ship to home

 Visit the Regalia webpage to order your cap and gown, or for additional details about your regalia.

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.


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.

Northwestern University's 164th Annual Commencement

Monday, June 12, 2023 at 9:00 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