Do I need tickets for the Kellogg Convocation at 5:00 P.M.?
No. There is no limit on the number of people you may invite.
How do I get tickets for the commencement at 9:30 a.m.?
Are there parking facilities available for persons with disabilities?
If you’re planning to attend the Northwestern University commencement at 9:30 a.m., you can go to the NU commencement tickets web site to reserve tickets
Parking and transportation
How do we get from the reception to the convocation ceremony at 5:00 P.M.?
Because parking is limited near Jacobs Center/Deering Meadow, we recommend parking at Ryan Field first and taking the air conditioned shuttle bus to and from the reception. Wheelchair accessible buses will be available.
Limited parking for vehicles displaying a valid handicapped tag as well as a drop-off site for persons with disabilities is available at Ryan Field.
What is the convocation schedule?
12:30 p.m. Nota Bene – Jacobs Center
2:00 p.m. Reception - Jacobs Center and Deering Meadow
5:00 p.m. Convocation
When does the ceremony conclude?
The ceremony usually lasts 2 hours.
What happens in case of rain?
Convocation will be held outdoors in Ryan Field
. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Welsh-Ryan Arena
Cap and Gown and appropriate attire
Can someone else pick up my cap and gown?
What should I wear?
Some students dress very casually because they will be wearing robes during the ceremony. Others dress in business casual attire because they plan to take photos and will be going out to dinner afterwards. We recommend that you dress in light clothing -- the robes can be quite warm.
What should my family members wear?
We suggest that you let your family and friends know that it can be quite warm the day of the ceremony. That said, they should dress with weather and comfort in mind. Business casual attire – for example, dress pants and a shirt for men and a dress for women – is appropriate.
Processional instructions and the ceremony
How do the students line up for the convocation procession?
Students will line up alphabetically in Trienens Hall at 4:00 p.m. for the procession.
If I have a difficult name to pronounce, how will the deans know how to pronounce it properly?
If you have not already done so, please record the pronunciation of your name in the on-line Student Directory. This may be accomplished using your laptop, see instructions here.
I am having problems locating a hotel for my family. Where should I look?
Many schools in Chicago hold their graduation ceremonies at the same time, so hotels tend to fill up early. See our hotels page for some recommendations.
Lockers and mailboxes
When should I clean out my student locker and mailbox and turn in my key? (Full-Time students only)
Lockers and student mailboxes must be cleaned out by 5:00 p.m. Friday June 19, 2015. Any items left behind in lockers and/or mailboxes will be discarded. There will be donation bins placed near the locker areas for unwanted items. If you have forgotten your locker combination, stop by the Kellogg Student Affairs Office to be "reminded" of it. Turn in your building key to Student Affairs.
Will there be a webcast of Kellogg’s Convocation?
Yes. There will be a live broadcast of Kellogg’s Convocation ceremony.
You can refer people to the Kellogg homepage for day-of information.
For family members and guests with you for the ceremony in Evanston … If someone prefers to not travel to Ryan Field, the live broadcast of the ceremony will be shown in the OLC Forum in The Jacobs Center, beginning at 5 p.m.
What do I need to do before graduation?
Tech Info from KIS
KIS has a handy guide that will help you navigate through all the steps you must take and any questions that you might have as you transition from a student to an alum. To make sure you have a smooth experience, please view our Graduation Checklist
. Please be aware that loaner items must be returned by the last day of finals.