Commencement

Reaching a milestone.

Join us to celebrate the Class of 2024 at Northland College’s 113th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 11 a.m. Families and friends are welcome and invited to attend and celebrate together.

The Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony program is available to view and download. View the program.

The Commencement Ceremony is an important milestone in the lives of our graduating seniors, and it is our hope that family and friends will share in this experience. One of the special qualities of Northland is the genuine friendship that students, faculty, and staff share.

Additional Events

  • Last Lecture (Thursday, May 23)
  • Baccalaureate (Friday, May 24)
  • Champagne Toast (Friday, May 24)
  • The Confluence (Friday, May 24)

All events are subject to change—please continue to check this page for updates. If you have any questions, please email commencement@northland.edu.

Know the Details

Commencement Information

Schedule

Commencement events are open to all unless otherwise noted below.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Last Lecture
4 p.m. • Alvord Theatre, Ponzio Campus Center
This event will also be livestreamed.
The livestream feed will start shortly before the event begins. You can return to this page to find it, or save or bookmark the following link. View the Last Lecture Livestream.

Commencement activities will kick off with the Last Lecture—“To Anthropocene or Not?”—presented by Dr. Dave Ullman, associate professor of geoscience. The Last Lecture is hosted by the Northland College Student Association (NCSA).

Commencement BOND-fire
5 p.m. • Wheeler Fire Ring
The fire ring is located between Wheeler Hall and Mead Hall.

Join fellow graduates, friends, family, and campus community members after the Last Lecture to hang out at a fun bondfire.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Commencement Rehearsal for Graduates
1:30 p.m. • Chapple Family Gymnasium, Kendrigan Center
Attendance by graduates is required.
Baccalaureate Ceremony
4 p.m. • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Good Shepherd’s address is 311 13th Street West, Ashland, WI 54806. It is just north of Fenenga Hall.
This event will also be livestreamed.
The livestream feed will start shortly before the event begins. You can return to this page to find it, or save or bookmark the following link. View the Baccalaureate Ceremony Livestream.

Baccalaureate is a reflective and intimate ceremony, and all graduating seniors and their families are encouraged to participate. At 3:40 p.m., graduates will process from the Ponzio Campus Center to the church.

In-person attendees must RSVP for Baccalaureate and the Champagne Toast (though you do not need to attend both) by Wednesday, May 22. RSVP now.
Senior Champagne Toast
5 p.m. • Chapple Family Gymnasium, Kendrigan Center

Immediately following the Baccalaureate Ceremony, families of our graduates are invited to join faculty and staff in raising a glass to honor the Class of 2024 and their transition from students to alumni of Northland College.

Attendees must RSVP for the Champagne Toast and Baccalaureate (though you do not need to attend both) by Wednesday, May 22. RSVP now.
The Confluence
7–9 p.m. • Bay City Bohemian Hall
Bay City Bohemian Hall’s address is 319 11th Avenue East, Ashland, WI 54806.

Hosted by the Northland College Student Association, students, families, and friends are invited to mingle and celebrate with the many people who have been a part of each other’s lives over the past few years at Northland. This event will offer free food and drinks, as well as live music performed by Champagne Glitter Train.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Graduate Check-in
9–10 a.m. • Chapple Family Gymnasium, Kendrigan Center

Graduates are required to check in at the registrar’s table.

Graduate Check-in is for graduates only.
Robe and Line-up
10:30 a.m. • Chapple Family Gymnasium, Kendrigan Center

Please be in the Chapple Family Gymnasium wearing your regalia by 10:30 a.m. to line up for the procession to Commencement.

All graduates and faculty who are processing need to attend.
Commencement Ceremony
11 a.m. (venue opens at 10 a.m.) • Ponzio Stadium
In the event of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Chapple Family Gymnasium.
This event will also be livestreamed.
The livestream feed will start shortly before the event begins. You can return to this page to find it, or save or bookmark the following link. View the Commencement Ceremony Livestream.

Come join us for the culmination of the Commencement festivities and our graduates’ time at Northland. All are welcome!

Visiting Spaces on Campus

Several campus buildings will be open during Commencement weekend for students to show their families where they spent their time or to take pictures. Unless otherwise noted below, on Friday, May 24, buildings/classrooms will be unlocked until 7 p.m.; on Saturday, May 25, they will be unlocked 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment (CSE)

Rooms 167, 169, and 236

Dexter Library

Open during its normal hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) on Friday, May 24; open 8:30–10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25

Indigenous Cultures Center (on the first floor of Mead Hall)

Open Friday, May 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; not open on Saturday

Mary Van Evera Visual Arts Center

Most spaces in the Mary Van Evera Visual Arts Center will be open

Ponzio Campus Center

Most spaces in the Ponzio Campus Center will be open (excluding offices)

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

First floor

Wheeler Hall

Wheeler Chapel (fourth floor) and most classrooms (excluding rooms 209 and 212)

Student Responsibilities

Only students who have completed or registered for all course requirements or those who show evidence that all requirements will be met by August 2024 will be allowed to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Review graduation requirements for further information.

Tickets and Guests

Tickets are not required for any of the events. Currently, there is no restriction on the number of guests a student may invite. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Invitations

Students may create or use any vendor to order their own invitations.

Special Accommodations or Assistance

Any student, family member, or guest needing special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations (wheelchair access, physical disability, etc.) should email commencement@northland.edu prior to the ceremony to make arrangements.

Find Lodging

Hotels Near Northland College

Family and friends are encouraged to make reservations early because of our community’s busy tourist season.

AmericInn Motel and Suites
3009 Lake Shore Drive East
Ashland, WI 54806
866-378-9950

Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon*
101 Lake Shore Drive West
Ashland, WI 54806
715-682-9095
*Discount when you mention you are attending Northland College Commencement.

Blue Wave Inn
2521 Lake Shore Drive West
Ashland, WI 54806
715-685-2583

Cobblestone Inn & Suites
818 Main Street West
Ashland, WI 54806
715-682-5066

River Rock Inn
1200 Lake Shore Drive West
Ashland, WI 54806
715-682-3232

Super 8 of Ashland
1610 Lake Shore Drive West
Ashland, WI 54806
(715) 682-9377

Order Commencement Photos

GradImages is the official photographer for Northland College Commencement. Photos will be ready 48–72 hours following Commencement. Visit their website to view Commencement photos.