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Winter Athletics Update

The College began a phased return to athletic competition on Saturday, Jan. 23, after the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) approved a conference-only competitive schedule for the winter sports season.

The sports of men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s swimming and men’s wrestling are eligible to begin competition on Jan. 23, while competitions in men’s and women’s indoor track and field may begin Jan. 30. Though not governed by the CCIW, North Central’s women’s wrestling team is eligible to begin its season the weekend of Jan. 23 as well.

The start of the men’s volleyball season has been pushed back to accommodate the above schedule. North Central’s season will begin Feb. 3 at Aurora University. The CCIW has not determined if any other spring sports will need their start dates adjusted at this time.

All contests for men’s and women’s basketball and men’s volleyball will be broadcast live by Naperville Community Television (NCTV) and the College’s radio station, 89.1-FM WONC. All video broadcasts will be available for live and on-demand viewing on North Central’s online video portal, Cardinals All-Access, at

In accordance with CCIW and North Central College policy, spectators will not be permitted at athletic events for the time being. A separate announcement will be made if this policy is changed.

Spring Athletics Update

The CCIW also recently released spring competition schedules for the sports of football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, which will take place in March and April. Click HERE for more information.

Visit for more information as it becomes available. Questions can be directed to the College’s athletics department by at or 630-637-5500.

Campus Events & Meetings

The following guidelines are in place for all in-person meetings, events, and activities occurring on campus until further notice.

Requirements for Event Attendees

  • All attendees must:
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending an activity.
      • Should symptoms be present, individuals should not attend the activity, and should follow-up with the appropriate medical precautions.
    • Wear a face covering, and practice regular hand washing and physical distancing.
    • Check in with event planners/organizers to ensure attendance is recorded.
    • Use marked entry and exit points.

Location & Space Reservation

  • Activities should be held in whole, or in part, using electronic collaboration tools (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom) as much as possible. For any activities occurring in-person, the event planner/manager must follow these steps to request space:
    1. Reserve designated space through the College calendar at*
    2. Student Organizations/Student Groups: List activity for approval through Presence at
    3. Complete the In-Person Event Agreement
  • Activities cannot exceed established building hours or capacities
    • *Capacities listed on the College’s online calendar do not reflect the current physically distanced capacity; all event organizers much abide by the capacities linked above
  • The Dixon property and Smith House are currently off-line.

Event Capacity & Attendance

  • For indoor and outdoor venues, event attendance shall not exceed 50 people, 50% regular capacity, or the posted capacity that accommodates a social distancing provision of 6-feet-per-person (whichever is fewer).
  • Attendance collection is required at ALL events; everyone at the event is to be accounted for (staff, workers, volunteers, attendees, etc.) and included in capacity.
  • If there are concerns about capacity limits and/or crowds and the event planner/manager is having trouble limiting guests, call Campus Safety for assistance.
  • Student organizations/student groups are required to use Presence for attendance collection.
  • Campus departments must collect name, email address, phone number and NCC affiliation with attendance.
    • Event planner/manager is responsible for keeping attendance records for a minimum of 3 weeks in the event they are needed for contact tracing purposes.
  • When possible, a pre-registration or RSVP process should be utilized.


  • For events with 11-50 participants it is required to have the organization advisor, a professional staff member, or a faculty member, in attendance as the supervisor of the event.
    • This is encouraged but not required for events with 10 or fewer participants.
    • Student organizations/student groups: If an advisor or professional staff member cannot be present, event planner/manager must reach out to the Office of Student Involvement at least 3 business days prior to the event to arrange for alternatives.

Event Management

  • Event planner/managers (or supervisor) will ensure all requirements are met, or will immediately end the activity.
  • If an activity is found in non-compliance of policies, the event will be suspended immediately.
    • Student Organizations/Student Groups hosting activities found in non-compliance risk of having their funding, and/or status as an approved student organization suspended.
  • Food and beverage service at activities is discouraged.
  • If food and/or beverage is essential, only prepackaged individual servings are permitted, and must be taken to-go and consumed elsewhere.
  • No buffet style or served meals are permitted.
  • Outdoor Events: Should inclement weather enter the area, the scheduled event is to be canceled.
    • Due to limited indoor space availability, rain locations are not available at this time.
    • Download the document below for more details about the College’s outdoor event guidelines.

Additional Event Guidelines

Any exceptions to the event guidelines & policies must be presented to and approved by the COVID-19 Institutional Response Team.


Event Planners/Managers acknowledge that if found responsible for egregious violations of the #TogetherNC pledge, repeated non-compliance of North Central College’s health and safety expectations, or hosting unsafe gatherings, they will be held accountable. Students will be accountable per the Student Handbook. Faculty/Staff hosting an event not found in compliance will be accountable per the Employee Personnel Policy Guide.

Fine & Performing Arts Events

All remaining in-person 2020-2021 season presented and gallery events scheduled through May 31, 2021 have been canceled or postponed due to the ongoing public health crisis. Thank you for understanding that the College’s goal is to prioritize the safety and well-being of our entire campus community, our patrons, and our guests.

North Central College Fine & Performing Arts is excited to share the 2020-2021 Virtual Performance Series! Beginning in January and running through May, the virtual event lineup includes a variety of artists with most performances being provided free of charge and offering flexible viewing options. Ticket reservations are available now and can be made by visiting the Fine & Performing Arts website at

Please contact the box office directly at with any questions.

Commencement FAQ – May 2021

Questions about Commencement 2021? Here is some important information you need to know.
How is the College planning to safely accommodate participants and spectators at its 2021 Commencement ceremonies?2021-03-16T13:22:13-06:00

The College’s planning process for its 2021 Commencement ceremonies will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Restore Illinois Plan, which currently allows for a maximum of 20% seating capacity for Outdoor Seated Spectator Events. By offering four separate Commencement ceremonies, the College will be able to operate within 20% of Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium’s outdoor seating capacity. Additional safety measures will be in place and enforced throughout the duration of the Commencement events, including a requirement that all participants and spectators wear masks, physically distanced seating arrangements in the stands and on the field, and safe and efficient stadium ingress and egress processes to prevent large crowds from gathering before and after the events.

How and where will guests be seated at the ceremonies?2021-04-20T09:48:18-06:00

Seating in Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium will require tickets and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticketed guests should arrive early and allow for ample time to park and secure seating. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony and guests will be directed to enter a specific gate that will be noted on their ticket. Guests of the graduate will be seated together. These groups of, at most, four individuals will be socially-distanced from other attendee groups.

Guests who are unable to sit on bleacher seats will have the opportunity to view the ceremony via livestream in the Wentz Concert Hall (171 E. Chicago Ave.). Tickets will also be required for this location.

Where should guests park for Commencement?2021-04-20T13:21:01-06:00

Parking near Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium will be limited. Commencement guests are encouraged to use campus parking lots (highlighted on the parking map in red). Street parking is also available (please follow all City of Naperville signage). Information and directional signage will be posted to assist all attendees. Upon completion of the ceremony, please relocate your vehicle off of campus property to allow the College to prepare for the next scheduled ceremony.

Limited handicapped parking is available near Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium and his highlighted on the parking map in blue. Drop-off is available for guests who require accommodations for accessibility.

commencement parking map
Will Spanish translation services be provided for the commencement ceremony?2021-04-20T13:10:55-06:00

Spanish translation services will be provided by by Illinois Language Services for the 2021 Commencement ceremonies. A simultaneous Spanish translation of this year’s Commencement ceremonies will be available via headsets to those who make reservations in advance. Please complete this form to reserve a headset for this service by Friday, April 30, by 12 noon. For any questions, please contact Stephania Rodriguez, assistant director of multicultural affairs, at

Will there be ADA accessible parking and seating?2021-04-22T09:07:51-06:00

ADA accessible parking will be available in Lot M, just north of Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. For individuals with accessibility concerns, you will be directed to enter the stadium at the northwest gate and seating for your family pod will be available along the track. College personnel will be on site and able to direct you for drop off, parking, and entry locations.

What is the deadline for participants to RSVP?2021-03-16T13:03:25-06:00

Because the numbers of graduates and audience members are crucial to following health protocols, all seniors and graduate students were asked to RSVP by an earlier date. However, students who have decided that they want to attend since that deadline have until April 1 to notify the Registrar that they want to participate in their ceremony. After that date, it will become very difficult to accommodate additional graduates.

How many tickets will each graduate receive for their ceremony?2021-04-20T08:29:00-06:00

Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets unique to their respective ceremony date and time. In accordance with College safety protocols and seating constraints, Commencement tickets are not transferable—graduates may not have more than four guests in attendance at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. For guests unable to attend the in-person event, the ceremony will be available for viewing via livestream on the College’s website. Tickets will be available for pickup during the week of Commencement. A North Central student ID will be required for ticket pickup. By the end of April, graduates will receive an email notification providing dates and times for ticket pickup.

Which ceremony will students attend if they are double-majoring in disciplines recognized at two different ceremonies?2021-03-16T12:47:14-06:00

The Registrar has assigned all graduates to a ceremony based on the primary major on their academic record. If a graduate prefers to walk in a different ceremony, they must request the change through the Registrar’s office.

Which ceremony will graduate students attend?2021-03-16T12:47:09-06:00

Students receiving master’s degrees will participate in the ceremony for their discipline and they will be hooded at that time. For example, MBA students will participate in the School of Business and Entrepreneurship ceremony.

What if a scheduled athletic event conflicts with a student-athlete’s graduation date?2021-03-16T12:47:18-06:00

In the event of such a potential conflict, students should contact the Office of the Registrar to arrange for participation on the alternate date.

How will academic honors be awarded?2021-03-16T12:47:28-06:00

Recognition of cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude graduates at the ceremonies will be based on the grade point average achieved at the end of first semester. Final grade point averages based on second semester will determine the honor that appears on diplomas.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?2021-03-16T12:47:34-06:00

The ceremonies will NOT be moved indoors. If the start time of a ceremony needs to adjusted to avoid bad weather, that information will be communicated as soon as possible via the Commencement website, the College’s social media channels and the RAVE alert system.

How will others view the ceremony?2021-03-16T12:47:41-06:00

All ceremonies will be live-streamed for viewing on the College’s website. Graduates will receive more information and a link in advance of Commencement.

List of Majors Participating, by College and School2021-03-18T10:42:56-06:00

School of Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Financial Management
  • Master of Human Resource Management

School of Education and Health Sciences

  • Athletic Training
  • Elementary Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Science
  • 2020 Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Sport Management
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership & Administration
  • Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Sport Leadership
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Instructional Coaching
  • Master of Leadership Studies
  • Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Master of Occupational Therapy

College of Arts and Sciences

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Broadcast Communication
  • Chinese
  • Classical Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • English Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Individualized Study
  • Interactive Media Studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Journalism and Media Communication
  • Literature
  • 2021 Music Education
  • Musical Theatre
  • Organizational Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Shimer Great Books
  • Social Science/History
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Communication
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design and Technology
  • Writing
  • M.A. in Liberal Studies
  • M.A. in Liberal Studies: Writing, Editing, and Publishing

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemical Microscopy
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Psychology (B.A. and B.S.)