During graduation ceremonies, Saberi was given the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism in 1999.
She told graduates that the experience of being imprisoned gave her new insight into the meaning of courage.
Saberi, who lived in Iran for six years and has dual citizenship, was arrested Jan. 31 and charged with spying for the United States.
She was sentenced to 8 years in prison, but an appeals court reduced that to a 2-year suspended sentence and released her on May 11.
Northwestern students, faculty and alumni rallied for her release and took part in an international hunger strike.