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Commencement and TGS Hooding Ceremony

Degrees are awarded in December, March, June and August. The University Commencement Ceremony and school hooding ceremonies take place only in June. Graduates who earned their degrees in December, March and August are encouraged to participate in the June ceremonies.

The University Commencement is open to all Northwestern graduates.

The Graduate School's annual PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony formally recognizes participants as members of the academic community. Master of arts (MA), master of science (MS), and master of public health (MPH) students should check with their departments for details on department convocations.

Students wishing to participate in either the commencement or hooding ceremony (or both) should pay careful attention to deadline announcements they receive, both from their program advisers and from The Graduate School (TGS). In addition to academic submissions, students must also order academic regalia in time to participate.

Hooding Ceremony for PhD and MFA Graduates 

In order to participate in the 2019 PhD and MFA hooding ceremony, you must complete your degree in the 2018–19 academic year: August 2018, December 2018, March 2019, and June 2019. August 2019 graduates who complete all degree requirements on or before May 24, 2019 are also eligible to participate.

This year’s PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony will take place on June 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM in Cahn Auditorium. This annual ceremony is for all of TGS’s PhD and MFA programs in partnership with the following schools:

Students in TGS programs 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:

  • SESP Students, please see the SESP website.
  • McCormick Students, please see the McCormick instructions.
  • Bienen Students, please check with the Office of Graduate Studies, Room 7 MAB, for information about the Hooding Ceremonies.