2022 Graduation Ceremonies

School of Professional Studies Convocation

Individual graduates of undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Professional Studies (SPS) have the opportunity to walk across the stage and be recognized at our in-person convocation ceremony in Evanston or celebrate remotely via the virtual ceremony. Please see below to see more details on the option to travel to campus for the in-person ceremony or celebrate their graduation virtually. 


In-Person Convocation

The in-person SPS Convocation ceremony will take place Sunday, June 12, 2022, from 3 to 5 p.m. CDT inside the Ryan Fieldhouse on the Northwestern campus in Evanston. Graduate and guest attendance at this indoor event will be in accordance with local, state, and federal health guidelines present at that time. For those that cannot or choose not to travel, this event will live-stream for remote viewing in addition to the Virtual Convocation.

Ticketing and regalia are required for this in-person event. 


Virtual Convocation 

The SPS Virtual Convocation will go live on Monday, June 13, 2022, (time tbd). The Virtual Convocation is a rich experience designed for our distance students who are not intending to attend Convocation in person. It includes a personalized graduation page for each graduate. The site will feature videos of Convocation speakers, an address from the Dean of SPS, special elements, and personalized content to commemorate your achievement.

Virtual Graduates are asked to RSVP for the Virtual Convocation.

Regalia is not required for the virtual event.


Northwestern University-wide Commencement

Northwestern recognizes the entire graduating class from across all Northwestern schools at the Northwestern Commencement. The 164th Annual University-wide Commencement will take place in person on Monday, June 13, 2022, at 9 a.m. CDT. Guests and viewers will be able to tune into the livestream at the Commencement home page on the day of the event.

Event registration/ticketing and regalia are required for this in-person event.

For additional details on the Commencement Ceremony, please visit the Northwestern University Commencement website. 



Graduation attire, also called regalia, is required for the in-person Convocation and Commencement. The regalia ordering deadline has passed but beginning June 6 the Northwestern Bookstore will have a limited number of regalia sets available for purchase while supplies last. A very limited number of regalia will also be available for purchase onsite at the in-person SPS Convocation. Visit the regalia page of the Commencement website to read about guidelines and further details about your Northwestern regalia. You can also find the link to order on this page. For questions regarding regalia, contact the Graduation Office at commencement@northwestern.edu



Students have until Friday, May 20 to reserve your block of 10 guest tickets for the 2022 SPS Convocation and University Commencement from the Northwestern Commencement tickets website. Tickets are required for guests and ticket ordering serves as the student RSVP for the in-person SPS Convocation and University-wide Commencement.


For the in-person Convocation set of tickets, log-in with the following promotion code: 

(Example: if your seven-digit student ID/Emplid = 1234567; then your promotion code = SPS22+1234567) 


For the University-wide Commencement set of tickets, log-in with the following promotion code: 

(Example: if your seven-digit student ID/Emplid = 1234567; then your promotion code = COMM22+1234567) 


  • All orders for the in-person SPS Convocation and/or Commencement will be issued the maximum number of tickets allowable.
  • All tickets are electronic and are general admission. 
  • Place ticket reservations by May 20. Tickets will be emailed to you on or about June 1, and will include directions for electronically transferring tickets to your guests. 
  • For log-in issues or questions about your ticketing account, please contact the Athletics Department at cat-tix@northwestern.edu or 847-491-2287 or 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775). 



To celebrate our students’ accomplishments, SPS is offering graduates the opportunity to create a custom slide with photo, personal message, and audio recording of their degree and name reading. These video packages will be available to download and share on social media. It is your own personal ceremony to celebrate your accomplishment. You will receive an email from StageClip from the following address: noreply@mail.stageclip.com containing a unique link to submit your photo, message, and video. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 6.


Terms and Events

Convocation is a separate ceremony where students are recognized individually by their Northwestern schools. During the ceremony, student, faculty, and keynote speakers will address graduates and their families, and each graduate will be given recognition of their graduation.

Commencement is the Northwestern University-wide ceremony where the graduating class is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty, and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.


Previous Year’s Events

The full recording of the 2021 SPS Convocation Ceremony and the reading of graduates is available at the SPS Convocation Ceremony site.

The full recording of the 2021 Commencement Ceremony is available at the Commencement Webcast site.



Questions regarding the School of Professional Studies Convocation can be directed to spsconvocation@northwestern.edu.

Questions regarding Northwestern University Commencement can be directed to commencement@northwestern.edu.

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