Class of 2019 Graduation

May 6, 2019

Schedule: May 6

7:00 pm: Student robing and line-up
8:00 pm: Graduation ceremony, NU-Q Large Events Hall
9:00 pm: Suhoor
Open to invited guests only



Graduates and guests should enter Education City via Gate 5 and park in the Oxygen Park lower level. View map location.

Buses will be available to transport people from the car park to NU-Q every 5 minutes starting at 4:00pm - 12:30am.

Note: Parking at QFIS lot will not be available.


Graduates and guests may be dropped off at NU-Q via the North entrance (facing Sidra).


For NU-Q’s Graduation ceremony, Class of 2019 students will receive five (5) tickets for the Events Hall, plus three (3) tickets for live-stream viewing in the Auditorium or Projection Theatre. Tickets must be presented at the door.

Keynote Speaker

Sara Abdullah Al-Saadi

Director of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington D.C.
Northwestern University in Qatar alumna (class of 2012)

At the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States, Al-Saadi strengthens public understanding between the United States and Qatar, manages strategic planning and strategic communication, organizes cultural events, speechwriting, magazine editing, and more. Through this office she oversees all of the embassy’s engagement with non-governmental organizations, including think tanks and educational institutes. She also oversees Qatar’s $20M Haiti (reconstruction) Fund and the Harvey Fund for victims of those natural disasters. In addition to her work at the Embassy, Al-Saadi is currently pursuing a J.D. at Columbia University.

Graduate Attire

Graduation Gowns

Custom purple rental gowns designed for Northwestern that feature the university crest must be worn by all participants. 

Option 1: Wear a Gown on loan

NU-Q rents regalia for all students. This regalia must be returned to us in order to collect your diploma. You are not allowed to alter this regalia in any manner. Loaned gowns must be returned upon collection of the diploma. 

Fill out the following form no later than February 20, 2019 so that we can order the correct regalia for you:

Option 2: Purchase a gown

Students have the option to purchase their own gown to keep. Purchase a gown at:

Ship it to the following address by March 1:

Your Name
Qatar Support Office
1801 Maple Avenue, Suite 5320
Evanston, IL 60201

Note: This is the Qatar Support Office in Evanston -- they will forward it on with the other regalia. In order to ensure your regalia is here by graduation day, all orders must be made by March 1, at the latest. It takes six weeks to produce custom regalia and one week to ship it to Doha.

Cap and tassel

Tassels that feature the Northwestern seal signet are worn on the left side of the graduation cap. All participants may keep their cap and tassel.


Participants will receive a souvenir stole of gratitude. It is worn during the ceremony and after the ceremony is presented to someone who provided help and support to the graduate – e.g. parents, relatives, or a mentor.

Class rings

Students may purcahse a Northwestern class ring at: