Graduation Ceremony FAQs

  • How much are cap & gowns?
    Contact Jostens for cap and gown units and other items. 

    How many graduation tickets will each student receive?
    Five (5). 

    When will students receive graduation tickets?
    Immediately following rehearsal at Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena on May 16.

    Will graduation ceremony photos be taken at the commencement ceremony?
    Yes; Stuart-Rodgers Photography will be on-site to take Graduation Ceremony Photos.

    When and where is the graduation rehearsal?
    Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 9:00am at Northwestern University, Welsh-Ryan Arena 

    Is it mandatory for students to attend graduation rehearsal?

    When is graduation?
    Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Welsh-Ryan Arena

    What time is graduation?

    What time do senior students need to arrive at Welsh-Ryan Arena for the graduation ceremony?

    How long will the graduation ceremony last?
    Approximately 2 hours (start to finish)

    When will Diplomas be distributed?
    Immediately after graduation, on site.

    Should graduates bring a bag or purse to graduation?
    No-There is no place to store personal belongings. 

    Is Welsh-Ryan Arena air-conditioned?

    Is accessible parking  and seating available at Welsh-Ryan Arena?

    Is seating in Welsh-Ryan Arena assigned?
    No, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    What is the address for Welsh-Ryan Arena?
    2705 Ashland Ave., Evanston, IL 60208 (McGaw Memorial Hall)

    Will the construction at Welsh-Ryan impact parking on the day of Commencement?
    Yes, there will be onsite parking available & additional parking in the parking structure @1000 Central, Evanston, IL. We encourage families to carpool.