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*Updated May 28, 2017*

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Join us for the 106th Commencement ceremony and Baccalaureate service.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Commencement ceremony will be in Ponzio Stadium. 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. Graduates are given the charge that along with the accomplishment and privilege of earning a baccalaureate degree, they have responsibility 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 are those students who have completed requirements by December 2016 or expect to complete graduation requirements by May or August 2017.

Please check back for updates. If you can’t find what you are looking for email Dawn Rivard or call 715-682-1202.

Know the Schedule

Friday, May 26, 2017

  • 2:00 p.m. Commencement check-in and rehearsal
    Chapple Family Gymnasium
    All students eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony, along with the platform party, are expected 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. Attendance is required.
  • 4:30 p.m. Last Lecture (Concert)

    Ponzio Campus Center, Alvord Theatre
    Professor Joel Glickman will be retiring at the end of this academic year.  We thank him for his years of service and many performances. Professor Glickman will perform a few of his favorite songs making this aptly, Last Concert. 
    Joel Glickman “Some Parting Songs and Thoughts”

  • 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. All family members and graduates welcome. Dress is semi-formal. A class photo will be taken.
  • 7:00 p.m. The Confluence
    H. Pearson Plaza, 601 Main Street West, downtown Ashland
    The Confluence is a semi-formal 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. Enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, paddle boarding, snacks, and beverages all served up in a fun atmosphere. All are encouraged to attend this student lead event, facilitated through NCSA. Parking available on Main Street and 6th Avenue.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  • 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.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Campus Buildings Open House
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 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.

    • Honorary Degree Recipient and Commencement Speaker: Dr. Mamie A. Parker, MA Parker and Associates
    • Senior Class Address: Samuel W. Anderson, Class of 2017
  • President’s Reception
    Ponzio Campus Center, south patio
    Immediately following Commencement ceremony, there will be a reception for all graduates, families, and friends.

Buffet Luncheon Tickets

Online ticket purchasing is closed. Tickets will 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.

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, 2017. 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 Dawn Rivard or call 715-682-1202 at least two weeks 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 2017 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

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.