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Celebrating Northwestern's 159th Commencement

Celebrating Northwestern's 159th Commencement


Northwestern celebrates the Class of 2017

Billie Jean King inspires Northwestern grads

“It is time for your generation to win and to shape the future," King told the Class of 2017

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Commencement weekend, through the eyes of new grads

Graduates share their best moments as they wrap up their Northwestern careers

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Five notables receive honorary degrees

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills, sports icon Billie Jean King among this year's class
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Students featured at 2017 Commencement

Three students from the class of 2017 were chosen for important speaking roles
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Honors for those high school teachers who inspired grads

Graduating seniors pay tribute to those who helped them along the way
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Voices raised in unity, song, prayer at baccalaureate service

Northwestern celebrates diversity of faiths and interfaith understanding at annual event

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Students: Billie Jean King made a big difference

Three Northwestern students recount the enduring impact Billie Jean King has had on their lives

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Elton John's musical tribute to his friend Billie Jean King

Elton John’s hit song was released in 1975 for his friend and fellow trailblazer
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Equality advocate and sports icon named Commencement speaker

Billie Jean King to deliver address to Northwestern's Class of 2017
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Celebrating first cohort of Posse Scholars

Group dynamic helps students with difficult college transitions and challenges
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Keep an eye out for these seniors

These standouts include an entrepreneur, a comedian, a social justice warrior and an opera singer
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From Doha, NU-Q students join Commencement

Qatar-based students are ‘pioneers in their families and in their countries’

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The Northwestern bucket list

See what the Northwestern alumni community says should be on every student's bucket list
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Alumni share advice with graduating seniors

Graduates from as far back as 1953 offer their thoughts
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What’s up, docs?

These dedicated doctoral students will change your perspective on higher learning

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The Voice: Carl Alexander

Carl Alexander opened the commencement ceremony with an astonishingly powerful rendition of the national anthem.

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Surprise Moment

One student's lifetime thrill

As a child, senior tennis player Brooke Rischbieth took interest in the game after watching Billie Jean King on television. During Commencement week, Rischbieth, got the thrill of a lifetime when her idol surprised her in an unscripted video moment.

Published: June 16, 2017. Updated: July 20, 2017.

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