Class of 2019 Graduation

Full Schedule

Febuary 15: Submit your measurements for graduation regalia

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March 1: Visa for family members deadline

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March 16: Deadline for Student Speaker Submissions

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April 16: Senior Lunch

12:00 pm
NU-Q Dining Hall
Open to all graduating seniors and faculty
Minors, certificates, and honors will be recognized at this event

May 5: NU-Q Graduation Rehearsal

NU-Q Large Events Hall
This is mandatory for all seniors who wish to participate in graduation

May 6: NU-Q Graduation

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

May 7: QF Convocation

Time and location TBA


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.

Ticket information for QF Convocation will be announced at a later date.

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.

Student Speaker

We invite Class of 2019 students to submit their nomination to be this year's graduation student speaker. To be considered, submit a four-minute written speech per the below timeline. All submissions should be emailed to

The student speaker for the Graduation ceremony will be chosen by a panel including: Dean Dennis, Mary Dedinsky, Gregory Lowe, Hariclea Zengos, and Keelie Sorel.

Timeline to be considered for Graduation student speaker:

March 16      Deadline for all written speeches to be submitted. No late speeches will be accepted.
March 17-21  Record speeches (you will be contacted)
April 4 Student Speaker will be announced
April 7-11 Chosen speaker edits speech, with faculty assistance
Mid-April Student meets with Dean Dennis to present final speech
May 6 Deliver speech at Class of 2019 Graduation

Visas for Family

Visa on arrival

If you are an international student planning to bring family members to Qatar for graduation, your family members should enter Qatar via the visa-on-arrival system if they are a national of one of the 80 countries eligible for this type of entry

Official Qatar visit visas

If you have a visitor coming from a country that is not eligible for visa-on-arrival, please contact Saeed Mohamed ( and provide the following documents:

  1. Passport copy of that family member
  2. Passport copy of the QF-sponsored student
  3. RP/QID of QF-sponsored student

Official Visit Visas are free of cost and are valid for 3 months of issue date. Please submit all materials by Thursday, March 1.

Please also note the following:

Questions about visas


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: