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. CT

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

Watch the Convocation Video

Convocation Details for Graduates


Reserve guest tickets for Commencement and the Bienen School of Music Convocation from the Northwestern Athletics Ticketing Website. Log-in with the following promotion codes:

University Commencement Tickets Code: COMM23+ StudentID
Bienen Convocation Tickets Code: BIE23+ StudentID

(Example: if your seven-digit student ID = 1234567; then promotion code for Bienen Convocation Tickets = BIE23+1234567)

  • You may order up to 10 tickets for this ceremony. Seats are general admission. If you order fewer than 10 but later want to order more (not to exceed 10) please see the additional ordering instructions on the Tickets page of the Graduation website.
  • Place ticket reservations by May 23. Tickets will be sent to your Northwestern email at the beginning of June.
  • For log-in issues please contact the Athletics Department at or 847-491-2287 or 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775).


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.

Convocation Speaker

Maestra Lidiya Yankovskaya will address the Bienen School of Music Class of 2023.

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