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Scenes from Commencement

Northwestern celebrates the Class of 2023, and photographers captured the day’s memorable images
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Northwestern’s Class of 2023 celebrated June 12 at Ryan Field with family, friends and the University community. Photo by Shane Collins

On a sunny but brisk morning, Northwestern hosted thousands of graduates, families and friends for its 165th annual Commencement ceremony. The event marked the first Commencement for President Michael Schill, who was inaugurated as the University’s 17th president earlier this month.

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Several University officials and a few members of the Class of 2023 spoke to the Ryan Field crowd, which also enjoyed words of inspiration — and comedy — from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker.

Photographers were on hand to capture the best moments, and Northwestern Now has curated a handful of shots taken throughout the day.

Photos by Shane Collins, Genie Lemieux, Jill Norton and Jim Prisching.