Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Graduation Information

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Commencement Day Schedule

10:00 a.m.

Navy Pier and Parking Opens

2:30 p.m.

Grand Ballroom Doors Open

2:45 pm

Class of 2018, Presenters and Faculty Check In & Line Up – Located in the Lakeview Terrace, 2nd Floor outside of Grand Ballroom

3:30 p.m.

Commencement Procession begins -The commencement ceremony is approximately 90 minutes in length.

5:00 p.m.

Commencement Recession followed by private toast with the Dean (Class of 2018 only)

Reception for graduates, families and friends held in the Lakeview Terrace, 2nd floor outside of the Grand Ballroom

6:30 p.m.

Reception ends

 Information for Parents

Navy Pier Information and Map

For information about Navy Pier, the venue for commencement, please visit their website.

The Grand Ballroom is located at the East end of the pier, so please allow extra time to arrive at the pier. If you are being dropped off by a taxicab or family member, use Entrance #2. If you are parking a car, use the East parking lot. View the map of Navy Pier.

 Information for Graduates

Arriving at Navy Pier

Graduates should report in their regalia to the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom 2ndfloor lobby at 2:45pm. The Grand Ballroom is located at the East end of the pier, so please allow extra time to arrive at the pier. If you are being dropped off by a taxicab or family member, use Entrance #2. If you are parking a car, use the East parking lot. View the map of Navy Pier.

Grand Ballroom - Seating for Guests

The ballroom doors will open at 2:30pm. Seating is located on the main floor as well as the 2nd Floor balcony.  Ushers will be present to assist guests as needed. You will receive your tickets for guests at Sign-Out on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Processional Line Up

Graduates will be lined up by college in alphabetical order by a staff member. It is important that you stay in your assigned order for the entire ceremony.

Processional and Seating

At approximately 3:20pm the processional will be led from the staging area to the Grand Ballroom.  At 3:30pm, the processional line will enter the ballroom and the ceremony will begin.  You will be directed to your seats by an usher. Gilbert and Montalvo Colleges will be seated on the South side (left side) of the graduate seating area. Ogunseitan and Patel Colleges will be seated on the North side (right side) of the graduate seating area.

Awarding of Diplomas

When it is time for the awarding of the MD diplomas, an usher will direct you to stand and proceed to the South staircase to ascend the stage.  You will proceed up the stairs and stop at the top of the staircase until Dr. Green announces your name. When your name is called, you will step forward onto the stage to the “graduate” mark indicated on the stage floor in front of your mentor (or family member presenting your hood) and turn and face the audience.  They will place the hood over your head and congratulate you. After being hooded, you will cross the stage to receive your diploma from Dean Neilson.  You will exit the stage using the North staircase and proceed to the photo area for a professional photograph.  An usher will direct you back to your seat.

Recessional

At the conclusion of the ceremony, you will be directed by an usher to exit the Grand Ballroom in the recessional line. Graduates will be directed to a private class toast with the Dean. Following the toast you will meet your guests in the Lakeview Terrace for the reception.

Regalia Pick Up

Student regalia must be picked up during Graduation Sign-Out on Friday, May 18, 2018 following the graduation luncheon.

Regalia Return

Your gown and hood must be returned to the designated regalia return area, located directly outside the reception immediately following the ceremony. The tassel and tam are yours to keep.