Northwestern University School of Professional Studies

Convocation Ceremony

The School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Symphony Center. The ceremony is expected to last an hour and a half. If you have questions regarding SPS Convocation, you may inquire at Please continue to check this webpage for updates as additional information will be available in the coming months.

Convocation Ceremony
Symphony Center (downtown Chicago)
220 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
(Map It)

*Admission by ticket only (for all guests, excluding degree candidates)

Convocation Schedule
Symphony Center doors open for guests at 1:00 p.m.
Graduates arrive by 1:00 p.m.
Procession line up to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Convocation program and online streaming promptly begins at 2:00 p.m.

Travel Information
CTA, Metra & PACE

Symphony Center Parking
Parking & Driving Directions

Diplomas are mailed to the address listed on the form you submitted to apply for graduation. Please expect to receive your diploma by mail approximately 8 weeks after graduation.

Who is eligible to participate in the School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony?
Undergraduate and Graduate students who complete their degree programs during the following quarters may participate:

  • Summer 2016
  • Fall 2016
  • Winter 2017
  • Spring 2017

Cap and Gown Rentals

Students may rent a cap and gown for use at Commencement and Convocation ceremonies from Herff Jones. This year SPS graduates may choose to have their cap and gown shipped domestically (international shipping is not available). Caps and gowns must not be altered or adorned when worn for the ceremonies. Ordering information is available at All orders must be placed by Friday, May 19, 2017. After May 19, additional fees will be incurred. For questions regarding regalia, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to view the FAQ. The FAQ contains additional information regarding the following topics:

•    Accommodations at Convocation
•    Caps and Gowns
•    Commencement, Convocation and Reception
•    Graduation Gift
•    Lodging and Transportation
•    Ordering Commencement Merchandise
•    Photography
•    Questions about Diplomas
•    Tickets for Commencement
•    Tickets for Convocation

Convocation Ticket Information

Reservations for Convocation tickets will begin April 2017 via an email to your Northwestern University email account.

Obtaining SPS Convocation Tickets
Guest tickets will be available for pick up at the time of cap and gown distribution. Degree candidates will not need a ticket.

NOTE: Graduates who have their cap and gown shipped will receive details regarding Convocation ticket distribution via email in May.

Requesting Extra SPS Convocation Tickets
Information regarding extra tickets will be available mid-May via email. Please no phone inquiries.

Commencement Ticket Information

Commencement tickets are currently available and must be reserved online. Please click here to order your Commencement tickets.
For questions regarding your Commencement tickets please contact the Commencement Office at

Convocation 2017

(Live streaming of the SPS Convocation Ceremony will begin on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., CST)

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  • Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.7+, Ubuntu 10+, or Linux OS 11+ (64-bit)
  • Internet connection with 1+ Mbps

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