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

Graduation Procedures


Petition to Graduate Form

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

Graduate Students

Petition to Graduate Form

Northwestern University's 161st Annual Commencement

Friday, June 21, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(Gates open at 8:00 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 22, 2019
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:

Important Convocation Details for Students

Ticket Information

Tickets are not required for the Bienen School convocation ceremony.


Dynamic Photo Systems, a professional photography firm, will take a photo of you as you receive your diploma. You may pre-register your contact information with DPS at 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.


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.


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.