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Year In Review: Northwestern in 2015

A look back at some of the big stories of the year

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern cheered an unstoppable group of graduates at its 157th commencement in June and welcomed the class of 2019 with the traditional March Through the Arch in September.

Thanks to the generosity of many, Northwestern broke ground on or dedicated three important new buildings: the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center and the Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center.

The University also celebrated two historic gifts from generous alumni. Roberta Buffett Elliott donated more than $100 million for the creation of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. And J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K., transformed the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law with a gift of $100 million.

For the fifth consecutive year, Dance Marathon raised more than $1 million for charity, uniting the Northwestern community around a great cause and underscoring the many ways Northwestern students give back.

The University continued its innovative work, spanning the globe with an ever more diverse range of research topics. To cite just a few of many examples, Northwestern students and faculty explored Paul Gauguin’s printmaking process at the Art Institute of Chicago, analyzed the biomechanics of baseball pitching at Northwestern’s own McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and conducted climate change research in a remote part of Greenland.

To cap off 2015, Northwestern football finished its regular season 10-2, marking just the fourth 10-win season in program history and earning the Wildcats an invitation to the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tampa against Tennessee Volunteers.