This page is your one-stop shop for all the information you need to celebrate the class of 2021 Full-Time MBA, Evening & Weekend MBA, MSMS, and Doctoral Programs.
We are delighted to share that we have approval to host an in-person Convocation ceremony on Ryan Field at 2:00pm on Monday, June 14.
This will be a well-earned moment filled with meaning for you and your loved ones. With the recent evolution of public health guidance around gatherings, this event will celebrate your accomplishments individually, including having your name read while you make the final walk of your Kellogg journey across the stage. Convocation will also be live streamed for those viewing remotely and the names of graduates who are participating remotely will be read during the ceremony as well.
Though we anticipate being able to accommodate five in-person guests per graduate, as we have done in recent years, we will continue to keep you informed if changes are necessary and will prioritize this in-person celebration that provides a safe environment for all participants.
We expect to provide a full update with details for attending Convocation and any other related events, including ticketing and guest limits, by the end of April. While we anticipate that state guidelines will allow us to gather in greater numbers by mid-June to recognize and honor your incredible Kellogg achievements, we are mindful that the trajectory of the pandemic and state guidance may change, forcing further alterations in our plans.
Tickets are required
Reserving convocation tickets for guests
Tickets are required to attend the 2:00 p.m. ceremony at Ryan Field. Graduates will receive instructions on how to reserve their guest tickets for convocation via email. Though we anticipate being able to accommodate five in-person guests per graduate, as we have done in recent years, we will continue to keep you informed if changes are necessary and will prioritize this in-person celebration that provides a safe environment for all participants.
Only graduates can reserve guest tickets.
We suggest letting family members and guests know that it can be quite warm (or cold) on the day of the ceremony. Please monitor the weather and 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.
Lodgings, activities, entertainment and dining
Staying overnight? There are four hotels and two bed and breakfast locations to choose from in Evanston. Each lodging option in Evanston offers personalized service, dining and/or banquet facilities, and amenities to help you do business or relax during your stay. The North Shore Visitors Bureau link below has many nearby options close to Evanston. (Please note that the downtown Evanston Hilton Orrington hotel has recently closed).
Be sure to bring your appetite when you’re in Evanston because it offers enough diverse dining options to suit every palate and mood.View the Downtown Evanston list of restaurants
There are many things to do and see in and around Evanston.visit the Downtown Evanston web site
Cap and gown
We are excited to offer all graduates a cap and gown free of charge! Submit your order here today. Remember to specify if you will pick up your items at the bookstore (located in the Norris University Center) or have them shipped to you for free. Shipping takes 2-3 weeks from your order date and pickup from the bookstore will be available in mid-May. All graduates will need their Wildcard and/or order confirmation to pick up caps and gowns.
Custom purple gowns are the regalia standard and must be worn by all participating candidates. Caps and gowns are designed for Northwestern and feature the University crest. The tassels feature the Northwestern seal signet and are worn on the left side at all times.
Candidates may not alter or decorate their regalia in any way or wear additional articles not directly related to academic merit. Doing so may interfere with your ability to participate.
All degree candidates wear hoods. The lining of the Northwestern hood is purple and gold, and the color of the velvet border of the hood is acorn. Kellogg's tassels are acorn colored.
All degree candidates may keep their regalia. The gowns are made of GreenWeaver fabric, a sustainable fabric created from 23 plastic bottles that can be recycled after graduation if the graduate chooses to do so.