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Commencement & TGS Hooding Ceremony

Please see below for important dates and information regarding the 2024 Commencement and the TGS hooding ceremony. We will continue to update this webpage as details become available.

Additional information on Northwestern Graduation Weekend 2024 will be shared via Guidebook mobile app. This app provides up-to-date details on ceremonies, celebrations, receptions, maps, parking, and shuttle information, reminders, and other helpful resources. Once downloaded, add 'Northwestern Graduation Weekend 2024' to your guide dashboard.

2024 University Commencement

Commencement is open to all Northwestern graduates. It is a University-wide ceremony where graduates are commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, students, faculty, and guest speakers address graduates and their families.

The 2024 Commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 10:30 AM at United Center (1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612)Please refer to the University Graduation website for details.

In addition to the University Commencement ceremony, each Northwestern school and The Family Institute host a ceremony or ceremonies for graduates.

Students who wish to participate in the University Commencement, a school ceremony, or both should pay careful attention to all deadline announcements as they are made closer to the ceremonies. Please direct any questions regarding Commencement to the Office of Graduation and Senior Year Experiences (GSYE).


TGS PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony 

The Graduate School will host an in-person PhD and MFA hooding ceremony on Friday, June 7, 2024 at 2:00 PM in Ryan Fieldhouse (2333 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208) on the north end of the Evanston campus to the east of Lincoln Street and Sheridan Road. (Please note that this is the indoor practice football fieldnot the Ryan Field football stadium on Central Street). The ceremony will also be available to view here via livestream at 2:00 PM CT.

This annual ceremony formally recognizes participating PhD and MFA graduates of TGS programs that are in partnership with the following schools:

2023–24 PhD and MFA graduates—Summer (September) 2023 through Spring (June) 2024—are invited to attend this year's hooding ceremony. 

In order to participate in the 2024 PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony, your PhD or MFA must be conferred in September 2023, December 2023, March 2024, or June 2024.

Please note that Summer (August) 2024 graduates are not eligible to participate in this year’s hooding ceremony. If you will graduate in August 2024, you will be invited to participate in the 2024–25 PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony, which will be held in June 2025. 


Partner School PhD Ceremonies

PhD students who graduate from TGS programs that are in partnership with the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music are invited to participate in the respective partner school's ceremony instead of The Graduate School's ceremony.

Please contact your school representative below for additional details about convocation ceremonies for these partner schools:

Partner School MA, MS, and MPH Ceremonies

TGS Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates should check with their departments or school convocation contact regarding eligibility and participation in any partner school ceremonies. 

The Family Institute Ceremonies

Graduates from the Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy should email Kristen Catuara, Assistant Director for Administration at The Family Institute, at with any questions about their ceremony.


Last Updated: June 3, 2024