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  • Each student will receive four tickets for guests (two for the Events Hall and two additional tickets in adjacent rooms)
  • Each guest MUST present a ticket to enter the NU-Q building and Events Hall


  • 4:00 pm – Recommended arrival time and robing 
  • 4:00 pm – Doors open to guests
  • 4:50 pm – Doors to Events Hall close
  • 4:50 pm - Processional line-up
  • 5:00 pm – Graduation Ceremony
  • Approx. 6:00 pm – Reception (Atrium and Forum)

Student speaker


Aesha Ihab Farouk Mohamed Ahmed Hussein

Aesha Hussein is a communications major at Northwestern University in Qatar. She has a passion for writing, theatre, filmmaking, and presenting. For the past four years she has been an active member of the Northwestern Qatar community, participating in multiple student clubs and events, performing as Anya in the online play rendition of The Cherry Orchard Quarantined, and producing a Studio20Q film, Love for Layla, which was awarded the Best Funded Moving Image at the Media and Research Awards 2022. Aesha also received a Studio20Q grant to direct a short Egyptian animated film. During her time at Northwestern Qatar, she has been a part of more than 30 film, broadcast, and theatre productions. Aesha, who served as her class representative, was also a peer advisor for the class of 2024, an assistant producer for the Creative Media Festival, and a podcast host for Season 5 of TheDailyQ’s series Not Your Daily Stories. Most recently, she had the opportunity to experience service learning in Laos with her fellow Wildcats. In only four years, Aesha’s knowledge and passion for the media and communications industry has expanded exponentially.


  • All graduates and guests can use the North and South entrance. 
  • Staff will be checking tickets at the entrance to the building and Events Hall.
  • Parking can be found at Oxygen Park parking area and the QFIS parking area.
  • Trams and shuttles will run on a regular basis.
  • Drop off (ONLY) will take place by the VIP/North entrance of Northwestern University in Qatar.


Regalia including invitation and guest tickets will be available for pick-up at the NU-Q bookstore the week before graduation.

NU-Q Bookstore hours are Sunday-Thursday, 10:30-2:00 pm

Please ensure to bring your valid NUQ ID. If you cannot pick up the regalia yourself - please ensure the person collecting the regalia will bring your NU-Q ID. 

The regalia will consist of a cap, tassel, gown, and sash to keep.

The regalia is made entirely from post-consumer plastic bottles making an eco-friendly fabric which is comfortable, breathable, and recyclable. As these regalia is made of an eco-friendly fabric - it is not advised to dry-clean these but only to lightly steam the regalia. 


On the day of graduation, it is expected to bring and wear the regalia. A robing room will be available in studio A with light refreshments. Please be advised to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of graduation. in studio A, so we can ensure you are robed and lined up for procession. You will be lined up in alphabetical order and will receive the certificates in this order.


  • Line-up will take place in the hallway outside studio A, B, & C for the processional  
  • Processional will take place through the Event Hall’s doors
  • Recessional will take place through the glass doors into the Forum where you will be re-routed to the Events Hall for the class photo. The robing assistants and event manager will assist you during this process.


The class photo will take place immediately after the recessional is completed.

A photo booth including props, a photo backdrop, and lightboxes will be provided for photo opportunities in the Forum immediately after the graduation ceremony. 


Official diplomas are issued after degrees are conferred in Evanston, and NU-Q students will be notified by Student Records when their diplomas are available to be picked up. For questions about official diplomas please contact

Students who participate in the NU-Q graduation ceremony will receive a diploma cover with a congratulatory message inside. Students should keep their diploma covers, which can be used to store the official diploma once it arrives.

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