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*Updated May 24, 2018*

Join us for the 107th Commencement ceremony and Baccalaureate service.
Saturday, May 26, 2018

***The 2018 commencement ceremony will be held in Ponzio Stadium***

The Commencement ceremony will be held in Ponzio Stadium. Or, in case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Chapple Family Gymnasium. Doors open at noon.

The Commencement ceremony is an important and exciting milestone in the lives of our graduating seniors. It is our hope that family and friends will be able to share the experience with them and with us. One of the special qualities of Northland is the genuine friendship that students, faculty, and staff share.

At the Baccalaureate service, graduates are invested with the privilege of wearing the baccalaureate cap and gown, and given the charge to work for the common good. We strongly encourage our graduates and their families to participate in both the Baccalaureate service and Commencement ceremony.

Students eligible to participate in Commencement and Baccalaureate activities have completed requirements by December 2017 or expect to complete graduation requirements by May or August 2018.

Please check back for updates. If you have additional questions, please email commencement@northland.edu.

Know the Schedule

Friday, May 25, 2018

  • 2:00 p.m. Commencement check-in and rehearsal
    Alvord Theatre
    All students eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony, along with the platform party, are required to gather at the Chapple Family Gymnasium for check-in and rehearsal. Activities for this event include a walk-through of the ceremony and a reading of the names of all eligible students to verify pronunciation.
  • 4:30 p.m. The Wisdom of History (and Other Stuff I Learned Slowly)
    Last Lecture with Paul Schue, professor of history

    Ponzio Campus Center, Alvord Theatre

  • 5:30 p.m. Senior Champagne Toast
    Ponzio Campus Center, Baldwin Commons
    Please join President Michael A. Miller and Mary Trettin, faculty, and staff for a champagne toast in the graduates’ honor. Non-alcoholic options are available. All family members and graduates welcome. Dress is semi-formal. A class photo will be taken. RSVP
  • 7:00 p.m. The Confluence
    Bayview Park Pavilion, 1543-1783 Lake Shore Dr E Ashland, across from Tractor Supply Co.
    The Confluence is a celebratory event, aimed at bringing together family, seniors, faculty, staff, and all students to mingle with the many people who have had influence and been a part of each others’ lives at Northland College. All are encouraged to attend this student lead event, facilitated through NCSA.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • 9:30 a.m. Graduates robe and line up for procession to Baccalaureate
    Ponzio Campus Center, first floor
  • 10:00 a.m. Procession across Wheeler Bridge
    Family and friends are invited to gather along the walkway from Ponzio Campus Center across Wheeler Bridge to watch the procession. Buses will be waiting in the Larson-Juhl Center for Science and Environment parking lot to transport graduates, families, and friends to the church.
  • 10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Service
    United Presbyterian Congregational Church, 214 Vaughn Ave, Ashland
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Buffet Luncheon
    Ponzio Campus Center, Baldwin Commons
    Open to all graduates, family, and friends. Buy tickets.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Campus Buildings Open House
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Commencement Check-in
    Ponzio Campus Center
    Graduates are required to check in with the registrar’s table next to the post office.
  • 1:30 p.m. Graduates robe and line-up
    Chapple Family Gymnasium
  • 2:30 p.m. Commencement ceremony
    Ponzio Stadium
    Ponzio Stadium is an outdoor venue with bleacher seating. Please plan accordingly with appropriate dress for warm or cool temperatures. Doors open at noon.
  • President’s Reception
    Ponzio Campus Center
    Immediately following Commencement ceremony, there will be a reception for all graduates, families, and friends.

Buffet Luncheon Tickets

If you plan to participate in the buffet luncheon, please reserve your tickets. Ticket reservations may be completed online (see below) or in the Chartwells Office in the Ponzio Campus Center, room #214. Students may pick up pre-purchased tickets in the Campus Store in the Ponzio Campus Center during the week before Commencement.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the event. Please direct any questions about the buffet luncheon to chartwells@northland.edu or by phone at 715-682-1339.


  • Payment is required for all graduating seniors, family members, and friends who plan to attend the buffet luncheon.
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Tickets and Guests

Tickets are not required for either Baccalaureate or Commencement. There is no limit to the number of guests a student may invite. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Gown Rental

Gowns are reserved through Darlene Zar in the campus store. Please have orders placed by March 31, 2018. Questions regarding gown rental can be directed to Darlene in the Campus Store or by phone at 715-682-1277.


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.

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 2018 will be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Review graduation requirements for further information.

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.

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

Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon*
101 Lakeshore Drive
Ashland, WI

Freehands Lakeside Inn
2521 Lakeshore Drive West
Ashland, WI

River Rock Inn
1200 West Lakeshore Drive
Ashland, WI

Super 8 of Ashland
1610 West Lakeshore Drive
Ashland, WI
(715) 682-9377

*Discount when you mention you are attending Northland College Commencement.