SESP Convocation 2020

SESP Convocation 2020

SESP Virtual Convocation Celebration

Date: Friday, June 19, 2020

SESP Graduation Page

Watch Commencement, view undergraduate and graduate student celebration videos.

Personalized Graduation Web Pages

personal graduation website

Welcome to the SESP alumni family! Graduates will be emailed a link to a personalized webpage that contains online materials recognizing the Class of 2020. Your personalized page will launch on June 19, 2020.

We encourage you to share your personalized page with family, friends and celebrate with those who have supported you along the way. Remember to connect with fellow graduates on June 19 by sharing your moments tagged with #NU2020 and #SESPLove. We can't wait to see you in your cap and gown!

Beginning at 8 a.m. CDT June 19, your personalized page will include:

  • A video celebration of SESP's 2020 graduating class, featuring photos and videos from SESP's graduating seniors and graduate program degree recipients; remarks from Dean David Figlio; SESP undergraduate and graduate faculty and staff; Sybil Madison, Chicago's Deputy Mayor of Education and Human Services; Illinois Congresswoman Robin Kelly; and surprise special guests and alumni.
  • The live stream of the 162nd Northwestern University commencement ceremony, featuring remarks from Northwestern President Morton Schapiro and a keynote address from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (live at 11 a.m. CDT).
  • Acknowledgement of your academic achievements
  • Special materials to help share your achievement with family and friends on social media.

Northwestern University Ceremony, 11 a.m. (CDT)

Features Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro; Deans from all schools including Dean David Figlio; and featured speaker Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, who will be introduced by SESP faculty member Nichole Pinkard

View the Northwestern University Ceremony

SESP Virtual Events

SESP will be hosting watch parties and virtual celebrations to mark this milestone. Celebrate with SESP graduates, faculty, and staff. All times Central Daylight Time  

  • 9 a.m. Graduate student video and watch party
  • 11 a.m. Northwestern University  Commencement
  • 12 p.m. Undergraduate program video and live toast for graduating seniors

Graduate Program Gatherings and Toasts

Join your classmates to toast your future, take photos and more. Loved ones welcome!
Watch your email for the link to join.

  • 10 a.m. Master in Learning and Organizational Change
  • 1:15 p.m. Human Development and Social Policy/Learning Sciences
  • 2 p.m. Master of Science in Education Policy
  • 3 p.m. Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy

Regalia Photo with Dean Figlio

Chicago-area graduates who would like to take an outdoor, socially-distanced photo with Dean Figlio during Commencement weekend can RSVP here by 5 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2020. We’ ll confirm the approximate day/time for the visit, if it’s possible.  

How Do I Get My Diploma? 

Update your permanent address in CAESAR to receive your diploma in the mail.

June 2021 On-Campus Recognition 

All 2020 graduates will be invited back to campus in June 2021. The event will recognize and honor you as a class throughout Commencement Weekend with a ceremony distinct from celebrations for the Class of 2021. We anticipate holding celebrations on campus on Saturday, June 12, 2021,
pending public health guidance.
Questions? Contact
Additional information and reminders can be found on Northwestern’s Commencement page .