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Convocation Ceremony

The 2019 ceremony is Friday, June 21, at 2 p.m.
The School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 21, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Chicago Symphony Center. The ceremony is expected to last 1.5 hours. If you have questions regarding SPS Convocation, you may inquire at Please continue to check this web page for updates as additional information will be available in the coming months.

Convocation Ceremony
Chicago Symphony Center
220 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60604
(Map It) 

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

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

Travel Information
CTA, Metra & PACE

Chicago 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 eight weeks after graduation.

Who is eligible to participate in the School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony?
Undergraduate and graduate students who complete their degree program during the 2018-19 academic year.

What is the difference between commencement and convocation?
Commencement is the all Northwestern ceremony at Ryan Field where the Class of 2019 is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.

Convocation is an individual school ceremony that awards the graduate with their diploma. Students walk across the stage and are individually recognized at their school's Convocation ceremony.

161st Northwestern University Commencement Ceremony Tickets
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Convocation Recorded Event

This event was recorded on June 22, 2018.


Convocation Ticket Information

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Cap and Gown Rentals

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