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Friday, December 9, 2022

Northeastern Illinois University congratulates the December 2022 graduates! Get all the information you need about the event before Sunday’s balloon drop and tassel turn. We also recap our Giving Tuesday success and more in the latest Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

Around the Commons


Northeastern Illinois University is excited to celebrate the achievements of our December 2022 graduates at Commencement! The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Credit Union 1 Arena, 525 S. Racine Ave. The in-person event requires tickets, which all participating graduates should have picked up at the Welcome Desk in Village Square on the Main Campus. The Commencement speaker will be U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin. Guests will also be able to watch the ceremony via livestream on the NEIU Commencement webpage. 

Share your Commencement memories and celebrate our new alumni on social media with #NEIUgrad! 

Class Gift

NEIU graduates also have made it a tradition to support the Class Gift Fund, one of Northeastern's largest scholarship funds. The Class of 2022 and their supporters can commemorate their big day by donating $20.22 to the Class Gift. Contributions of any amount are appreciated to support the next generation of NEIU students. 

Giving Tuesday

The NEIU Foundation surpassed its Giving Tuesday goal of $30,000, raising $35,351 on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If you would still like to make your end of year gift, there’s still time! Your gift provides scholarship funding to help students get materials for classes, meet essential needs and complete their degrees. Special thanks goes to our Giving Tuesday Champions who made Giving Tuesday a great success.

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And there’s more!

To do

“Stay Hungry”

The Chicago Film Society presents “Stay Hungry,” directed by Bob Rafelson from Park Circus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Auditorium of the Main Campus. The screening is preceded by the 1936 short film, “Vim, Vigor, and Vitaliky,” which will be presented on 16mm film. Tickets cost $5 with a Northeastern ID and $10 for the general public. “Stay Hungry” will be presented on 35mm film. This event is sponsored by the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre. All audience members are encouraged to wear a face mask and be socially distanced while seated.

An Evening with the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party 

Northeastern’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies will host an evening with the Illinois Chapter Black of the Panther Party from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Learn about the Party’s programs and initiatives in our city, state and region. This event is free and open to the public. Advance sign-up is required to attend.

More to do

COVID-19 updates

In accordance with guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Northeastern has adopted new strategies for mitigating COVID-19. Contact tracing will be conducted as needed. However, weekly reports of positive cases and vaccination rates will no longer be reported. If you test positive for COVID-19, students should immediately notify Student Health Services, and employees should notify their supervisors and the Office of Human Resources. Additionally, faculty and staff are required to report positive and presumptive student COVID-19 cases and exposures to Student Health Services. We continue to follow Chicago Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as we ensure proper protocols and preventative measures are in place for the health and safety of our students and employees.

Stay up to date on everything regarding COVID-19 by visiting the COVID-19 Response website. 

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