2020 Commencement Activities


Friday, October 9, 2020
Northern Live or Facebook Live
4 p.m.

Student Participants:
Joseph Griggs, Master of Divinity
Schlonda Dodd, Master of Divinity
Hannah Krog, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries
Adam Barker, Master of Arts in Theology and Mission

All students are encouraged to watch the Fall 2020 Convocation online via Northern Live or Facebook Live. The only people permitted to be at convocation in person are the student speakers and guests, and faculty and staff.


Commencement Ceremony

On the behalf of the Northern Seminary Commencement Team, we are looking forward to celebrating with you, October 10, 2020  at 10:00a.m. at Christ Church of Oakbrook.

The commencement service will take place on Saturday, October 10th, at 10:00 AM in the main sanctuary of Christ Church of Oak Brook, located at 501 Oak Brook Rd. Oak Brook, IL 60523. There will be signs to help you find the parking.


The 2020 commencement speaker is Dr. Marshall Hatch.

Handicap Access: There is handicap access at Christ Church Oak Brook. 




  • Graduates can have 8 guests in attendance that will be asked to sit together as much as possible
  • Every graduate and guest will be asked to provide their name, phone number, and email
  • Guests will enter the building via Door 1. Their temperature will be taken and once cleared, their name willed be checked off of the guest list.
  • Students will enter the building via Door 17. Their temperature will be taken and once cleared, their name will be checked off the student list.
  • Once admitted, students will proceed to Fellowship Room 3 for robing.
  • For the processional, faculty and students will be lined up socially distanced in the 230s corridor and then proceed into the sanctuary
  • To the degree possible, guests should sit close to one another in groups to ensure that there is enough room in the sanctuary to accommodate all guests
  • At the conclusion of the service, ushers will dismiss the guests by rows to avoid crowding and maintain social distancing.


Hotel for Graduation Guests

Graduates and their friends and family may stay at the Marriott Residence Inn Chicago Oak Brook.

If you have friends or family coming in from out of town for the graduation ceremony, Northern has reserved a block of rooms at a special group rate. Here is the hotel information:

Residence Inn by Marriott
790 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook IL 60523

Group rates are $99 for a studio, $109 for a 1-bedroom, $199 for a 2-bedroom
Dates available are any nights between Thurs., Oct. 8 and Mon., Oct. 12
Last day to book before rooms are released is Thurs., Sept. 24.

To reserve a room at the discounted rate, please use this link:
Book your hotel room for the Northern Seminary Graduation

Information for Graduates

For information about graduation requirements, caps and gowns, invitations and more, click the link below.

more information

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