SESP Convocation 2022

SESP Convocation 2022

 SESP Convocation Livestream.

SESP Convocation Celebration

Date: Monday, June 13, 2022

From: 1 - 3 p.m.

@ Ryan Fieldhouse 2333 Campus Drive.

Reception with light dessert to immediately follow.


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Na’ilah Suad Nasir Named Convocation Speaker

Na’ilah Suad Nasir

Na’ilah Suad Nasir, an acclaimed author, researcher, and scholar, will deliver this year’s convocation address for Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Na’ilah Suad Nasir is the sixth president of the Spencer Foundation, which invests in education research that cultivates learning and transforms lives. From 2008-2019, she held a faculty appointment at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also served as vice-chancellor of equity and inclusion. Nasir earned her doctorate in education psychology at University of California, Los Angeles, and was a faculty member in the School of Education at Stanford University. Her work focuses on race, culture, learning, and identity. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth and has published numerous scholarly articles. Nasir is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Full Schedule of Commencement Weekend Activities

Program specific celebrations and gatherings.

Friday, June 10-Sunday June 12, 2022,

Various times and locations.

The 164th Northwestern University Commencement

Monday, June 13, 9 a.m.

Ryan Field (the football stadium), 1501 Central Street, Evanston, Ill.

SESP Convocation

Monday, June 13, 1 to 3 p.m.

Ryan Field House, 2333 Campus Drive, Evanston, Ill.

  • Undergraduate graduates, report at 12:15 p.m. for check-in and line-up.
  • Master’s and PhD graduates, report at 12:30 p.m. for check-in and line-up.


All SESP graduates will receive 10 tickets for guests to attend both the Commencement and the convocation ceremonies. Please visit the Commencement website for more ticketing information.


For the SESP Convocation, the North Campus Parking Garage (#105 on the Northwestern Parking map) is the closest option near our venue.

For more info about transportation and parking during graduation weekend, visit the Commencement website.

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Commencement is the University-wide ceremony where the graduating class is recognized. Graduates enter and exit by school. During the ceremony, students, faculty, and guest speakers address graduates and their families. Individual undergraduate and master’s graduates are not recognized at University Commencement. For the class of 2022, this event takes place at 9 a.m. Monday, June 13, at Ryan Field.

Individual schools at Northwestern host convocations. Students are recognized as they walk across the stage at their school’s convocation ceremony. For SESP graduates, this event takes place at 1 p.m. Monday, June 13 at Ryan Field House.

Visit the commencement website to learn more about regalia ordering. All graduates are expected to have regalia to participate in the ceremonies. Graduates must bring their regalia to the ceremony (it will not be available on site the day of the event).

Graduates can request their allotted 10 guest tickets through the link sent out by the Graduation Office on March 21. If you have not received this link, please contact the Graduation Office.

For more answers to FAQs, please visit the Commencement FAQ page.


For general inquiries about the ceremony email:
For program specific questions, reach out to the respective contact listed below:

  • PhD in Human Development and Social Policy
  • MA, PhD in Learning Sciences
  • Joint PhD in Computer and Learning Sciences
  • Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (Doctoral Training Program):

Email Allison Manley

  • MS in Education
  • Teacher Leadership

Email Leslie Lepeska

  • MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy

Email Mark Hoffman

  • MS in Learning and Organizational Change

Email Jennifer Pasek 

  • Undergraduate Programs

Email Student Affairs Office