Convocation Day

This is your moment. We celebrate you.

Celebrate today. Seize tomorrow.

Everything you need to know for the day of Kellogg's Convocation

Monday, June 14, 2021 - Ryan Field


Tickets are required for the Convocation ceremony. Tickets will be sent to the graduate to distribute to their guests and individual seats will be assigned. All guests will be seated in pods of 4.

The Convocation ceremony will be conducted outdoors at Ryan Field, rain or shine. Guests will enter through gates N and M. ADA accommodations are available at the stadium and at least one other member of a student’s guest pod will be allowed to sit in with any guests requiring ADA needs.

Dress code
Convocation ceremony attire varies by student. 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.

Parking and transportation
Public Transportation is available either on the CTA (Purple Line) or Metra (Union Pacific North Line) to Central Street. Ryan Field is a few blocks from both stations. We recommend parking at Ryan Field at least 30 minutes before the ceremony begins. Parking is free.

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Pictures at the ceremony will be taken as graduates cross the stage and with diploma cover after crossing the stage. These pictures will be available for purchase. The Global Hub will also be open on Monday from 8am-6pm for graduates to take their own photos.


  • Due to the move to Phase 5 this weekend, students no longer need to receive a COVID test to attend the outdoor events of Graduation Weekend and the Convocation ceremony. This applies to the Graduation Receptions and the Convocation Ceremony. Guests will not be asked to complete a test.
  • All visitors to Northwestern’s campus must adhere to the University’s safety protocols which are based on current public health guidelines.
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health and Northwestern requires community members to wear masks indoors and at large outdoor gatherings or events. All guests will be required to wear their own face mask to be admitted into Ryan Field.
  • All graduates and guests must also monitor symptoms and avoid campus if you are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms.
  • The limited capacity will allow for seating to occur in pods of 4 guests. Those pods will be socially distanced from adjacent pods by 3 feet, the distance recommended by local and state guidelines.

Day's Schedule

1:00 p.m.
Students arrive at Ryan Field.
2:00 p.m.
Convocation ceremony begins.
4:00 p.m.
Convocation concludes; plan your celebration with family and friends!

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