The Featured Students of Commencement 2018

The Featured Students of Commencement 2018

Northwestern’s 160th Commencement ceremony will be held on June 22, 2018, at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. This annual graduation celebration will honor the graduating class of 2018, and recognize all that they have accomplished during their time spent at Northwestern. 

Each year, two students are selected to speak during the ceremony. This year, John Franklin will introduce the Commencement address speaker Renée Fleming and Sumaia Masoom will deliver the welcome address. 

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Wildcat Excellence Awards Celebrate Dedicated Members of the Northwestern Community

Wildcat Excellence Awards Celebrate Dedicated Members of the Northwestern Community

On Tuesday, June 5, Student Affairs held their annual awards banquet to honor winners of both the Wildcat Excellence Award and the Wildcat Impact Award. Approximately 130 students and staff members gathered in the Norris Louis Room to celebrate with food, music, and a ceremony that honored the people who go above and beyond to make the Northwestern community a better place.

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Black Students Celebrate and Reflect at JOY

Black Students Celebrate and Reflect at JOY

The Journey of Our Years, Northwestern’s congratulatory for Black undergraduates, will allow students to reflect on their journey at NU while celebrating their achievements. Hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs, the event emphasizes the Black student experience and will occur on June 21.

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Gratitude is Good for You

Gratitude is Good for You

In anticipation of Memorial Day, the main lounge of Allison Residential Community transformed into a writing center for residents to come in, take a break, eat falafel, catch up with their neighbors, and practice gratefulness by thanking veterans for their service. Students could unwind, share some laughs, and—without necessarily knowing it—improve their own well-being by decorating cards with a wide array of markers alongside Rifka Cook, the Faculty-in-Residence at Allison Residential Community, and Kathryn Melendez, Residence Director for the South Area.

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Latinx Congratulatory Celebrates Graduates' Achievements in Inclusive and Welcoming Space

Latinx Congratulatory Celebrates Graduates' Achievements in Inclusive and Welcoming Space

With graduation just around the corner, Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) have been planning special congratulatories for Northwestern undergraduate students of color. The Latinx congratulatory on June 21 will celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic/Latinx students and cater to their unique cultural background.

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Lavender Graduation Provides Personal Celebration for LGBTQ Students

Lavender Graduation Provides Personal Celebration for LGBTQ Students

As the academic year comes to a close, seniors look forward to graduation, a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of their undergraduate career and the person they’ve become. But for some students, developing their identity was closely connected to exploring their sexuality. These students may choose to participate in Lavender Graduation, a special ceremony for Northwestern graduates who identify as LGBTQ and their allies.

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JubilAsian Promotes APIDA Visibility at Northwestern

JubilAsian Promotes APIDA Visibility at Northwestern

Northwestern has been celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month this May with speaker events, performances, shows, workshops, and more. With the month drawing to a close, APIDA Heritage Month will be going out with a bang with Multicultural Student Affairs’ (MSA) annual JubilAsian celebration on May 25.

“JubilAsian is an event that celebrates visibility of the APIDA community at Northwestern,” Ying Dai, a member of the event’s outreach committee, said. This year’s theme is “To Be Seen,” which focuses on recognizing APIDA students’ impact within the Northwestern community.

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Pinoy Show 2018: A Night of Politics, Culture, and Game of Thrones

Pinoy Show 2018: A Night of Politics, Culture, and Game of Thrones

The Pinoy Show, hosted by Kaibigan, the Philippine Student Association, returns on May 19 with a theme that’s both popular and intentional. “GoT - A Song of Kai and Fire” will feature dances, skits, and a general Game of Thrones-like storyline that reflects the history of revolutionary Filipina women, as well as the current situation in the Philippines.

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KASA Show 2018: Produce KASA

KASA Show 2018: Produce KASA

While the Korean American Student Association organizes a range of programming and events throughout the year, its biggest annual event is KASA Show: a cultural celebration showcasing internal student acts and external celebrity headliners. Outgoing internal president Kireem Nam describes it as the “most ambitious event that we put on each year, an unapologetic and proud celebration of our cultural roots.” This year, the organization sold out Ryan Auditorium for a spinoff of Korean reality competition “Produce 101.”

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Project NU: For Us, By Us, About Us

Project NU: For Us, By Us, About Us

Project NU’s Where the Water Meets the Rocks is the only play on campus made for, by, and about Northwestern students. The Spectrum Theater production will show on May 17, 18, and 19 at Shanley Pavilion.

“We are hoping that we tell your stories,” director Shane Eichstaedt said. “I can almost guarantee that there is a moment of honest-to-God truth for every student here, in this play. I don’t know what it is for everyone, but people should come see it because it’s true, and it’s real, and it’s now, and it’s us… and it’s free.”   

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Commemoration Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Bursar's Office Takeover

Commemoration Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Bursar's Office Takeover

Fifty years ago, Northwestern was forever changed. In an effort to diversify Northwestern’s historically white campus, admissions had begun to recruit more Black students. Instead of the less than 50 Black students enrolled in 1966, Black student enrollment was up to 160 in 1968. Despite this small victory, Black students on campus were still treated unfairly. They faced racial violence and discrimination, and they knew they weren’t receiving the resources and support from the University that they could be.

After months of one-on-one meetings with administrators, Black students saw very little change in their conditions on campus. They knew it was time to do something bigger. 

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The Rocket Scientist Next Door

The Rocket Scientist Next Door

The end of the quarter is especially busy for everyone living on campus. Tali is no exception. He’s going to his last class meetings, preparing for final exams, and doing some independent research. He is even working on his big summer plans for a rocket launch. You see, Tali isn’t an undergraduate student. He is a tenured professor who has chosen to live on campus. Even in the most hectic stretch of the academic term, he still makes time to hang out with students, several of whom he recently hosted for dinner before going to see an opera with them.

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Let’s Talk About It: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Let’s Talk About It: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual misconduct is an intrusive problem in the American society that occurs too often and with serious implications. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and Northwestern University, together with non-profit organizations and student groups, has created a series of initiatives to open dialogues about widespread sexual violence and how it impacts every person in this community.

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Shepard Exhibit Highlights Northwestern’s Activist Voices and Encourages Students to Use Theirs

Shepard Exhibit Highlights Northwestern’s Activist Voices and Encourages Students to Use Theirs

Fifty years ago, Northwestern students peacefully occupied the Bursar’s Office to protest the black student experience. A month ago, hundreds of Northwestern students participated in a national walkout to support Parkland shooting victims and advocate for gun reform. Protest is an integral part of Northwestern history, and student activism lies deep in Wildcat tradition. On Monday night, Residential Services, University Archives, and the faculty and staff leaders of the South Area teamed up to transform the top floor of Shepard Hall’s Engagement Center into an inspirational gallery of campus activism.

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Mini Courses, Big Lessons

Mini Courses, Big Lessons

One of the best things about Northwestern is the wide variety of courses available for students. But if you’ve been itching to learn about something not strictly academic – like, say, mixology or acupressure massage – it might be a bit tricky to find a class on Caesar that fits the bill. Cue Norris Mini Courses. Most courses meet once a week for six weeks and cover a wide range of topics, everything from stage makeup and knitting to belly dancing and Cherokee language. And as a bonus – since you don’t have to worry about them affecting your GPA, you can take a Mini Course purely for the fun of learning something new.

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You Can Still Let Your Voice Be Heard: Next Steps for the UREC Report

You Can Still Let Your Voice Be Heard: Next Steps for the UREC Report

In January, Northwestern University released its much-anticipated Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee report, which proposed a framework for a universal undergraduate residential experience in the form of Neighborhoods all over campus, among other things. Soon after the release, the institutional initiative encapsulated in this 114-page document entered what it calls its “listening period.”

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