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Graduation Celebration

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The Class of 2021 is invited to celebrate their upcoming milestone on the Lincoln Park campus for the Graduation Celebration!
May 19 – 28
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM daily

The outdoor commencement-themed event will include:
  • Stepping across a graduation stage in front of family and friends
  • Signing the Class of 2021 reflection wall
  • Taking part in interactive experiences
  • Posing for DePaul-themed photos
  • Walking through the decoratively illuminated Lincoln Park Quad at night
To participate, register​ for a designated date and time. Graduates are allowed to bring two guests. Dates and times are first come first serve, and no additional exceptions can be made regarding the number of guests due to Chicago’s COVID-19 guidelines for in-person gatherings. Prior to attending the Graduation Celebration, all participants must review DePaul’s COVID-19 safety protocol below.

Please note that Graduation Celebration is subject to change due to severe weather or if the city of Chicago restricts in-person gatherings due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.


Graduates are welcome to wear their regalia to the event. They can also dress up, wear their DePaul jersey or their best Blue Demon gear.

A limited number of cap and gown packages will be available at the Graduation Celebration for purchase, on a first come first serve basis. On-site purchase is not guaranteed; students do not have to wear regalia to participate in the celebration activities.

All visitors attending the Graduation Celebration should plan to park in the Clifton Parking Garage Deck located at 2330 N. Clifton. The Clifton Parking Garage is designated for the Graduation Celebration experience and its free of charge. Graduating students must show their event ticket upon exiting the facility.

DePaul is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and city of Chicago’s guidelines to ensure every COVID-19 precaution is taken to give the Class of 2021 a safe opportunity to celebrate their upcoming graduation.

To help ensure the safety and health of the DePaul community, graduates and their guests are required to comply with the following items: 

Review Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order: If you will be traveling from another state or traveled out-of-state recently, check the Chicago Emergency Travel Order prior to your arrival. Traveling to and from certain states with a significant spread of COVID-19 will require a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or a 10-day quarantine. The order is updated every other Tuesday.

Limit of two guests per graduate: Due to the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 guidelines, each graduate is only allowed to bring two guests into the event. There will be no exceptions.

Complete the #CampusClear questionnaire: Before coming on campus, each graduate and their two guests will be required to complete a short survey in the #CampusClear app to help self-screen of symptoms of COVID-19. You will be asked to show your screening confirmation during check-in. For more information, visit Newsline.

Wear a mask at all times: Everyone is required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times while on DePaul grounds. For more information, visit the CDC’s Guide to Masks.

Practice physical distancing: Remain at least 6 feet away from others who aren’t in your group while on campus.

Wash or sanitize your hands often: For more information, please visit the CDC’s When and How to Wash Your Hands.

Due to COVID-19 protocol, access to DePaul’s buildings will be limited to DePaul students with a DePaul ID.

Plan your visit to DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus with resources from the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. From shopping to dining to neighborhood accommodations, the Lincoln Park Chamber can help you plan the perfect celebration with your graduate.
 
Looking for brunch options? The Lincoln - Halsted and Armitage - Halsted Hubs are closest to campus but all of these options are located in Lincoln Park. Please call ahead or visit restaurants online for reservations.
 
Take advantage of a beautiful day with a meal on one of Chicago’s beautiful outdoor patios! Looking for something close to campus? Check out the Lincoln - Halsted and Armitage - Halsted Hub restaurants and reserve your table online.
 
From fine dining to corner bars, Lincoln Park has plenty of places to celebrate the accomplishments of your graduate. 
 
Need to pick up a last-minute gift or treat your graduate to a shopping spree? Lincoln Park has plenty of unique and friendly shops for a special day out.
 
Live like a local while you’re in Chicago and stay at one of these fantastic neighborhood hotels.
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