SPS Convocation 2024

In-Person Convocation

The in-person SPS Convocation ceremony will take place Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. CDT inside the Ryan Fieldhouse (2333 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208) on the Northwestern campus in Evanston. For those that cannot or choose not to travel, this event will available to live-stream for remote viewing.

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

Virtual Convocation

The SPS Virtual Convocation will go live the evening of Saturday, June 8, 2024. The Virtual Convocation is a rich experience designed for all students. Each graduate will have the opportunity to personalize their graduation page. The site will feature an address from the Dean of SPS, Convocation speakers, in addition to personalized content to commemorate your achievement. This is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to celebrate with you, no matter the distance. Students will receive messaging regarding uploading content and access.

Ticketing and regalia are not required for the virtual event.


Northwestern University-wide Commencement

Northwestern recognizes the entire graduating class from across all Northwestern schools at the University-wide Commencement. The 166th Annual University-wide Commencement will take place in-person on Sunday, June 9, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT. at the United Center (1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612) in downtown Chicago. The home of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks will serve as the backdrop as Northwestern celebrates the Class of 2024 with speeches from President Schill, the Commencement speaker and student speakers.

A livestream of the event will be available at the Commencement home page.

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

The Graduation website remains the key source of information for the graduation weekend schedule, family and guest content, accessibility information and other frequently asked questions.



Graduation attire, also called regalia, is required for the in-person Convocation and Commencement. Communication regarding ordering regalia will be forthcoming. 

Visit the regalia page of the Graduation website for guidelines and further details about your Northwestern regalia.

For questions regarding regalia, contact the Office of Graduation and Senior Year Experiences.



Tickets are required for each event students and guests plan to attend. Separate ticket orders are required for each the in-person SPS Convocation and the university-wide Commencement. Ticket ordering serves as the student RSVP for the in-person SPS Convocation and/or university-wide Commencement.

The Graduation Weekend ticketing portal will open Monday, February 26, 2024.

Only students are able to order tickets and will be responsible for transferring them to their guests. Self-ordering will end on April 29, and only waitlist requests will begin to be filled after that.

Graduates may order up to 10 tickets for the in-person SPS Convocation. Those participating in the university-wide Commencement ceremony at the United Center may order up to a total of six tickets.


Terms and Events

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

Commencement is the all 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.



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

Questions regarding Northwestern University Commencement can be directed to the Office of Graduation and Senior Year Experiences - graduation@northwestern.edu.


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