Commencement > FAQs

Ceremony

What are the dates and times of the ceremonies?

You can find dates for the upcoming commencement ceremonies on the schedule page.

I missed the deadline to apply for graduation. Can I still participate?

Contact your college office to discuss.  Links to appropriate emails​ can be found on the Academic Requirements page.

How do I confirm if I'm eligible to graduate?

Check your Degree Progress Report (DPR) and your student account in Campus Connect to ensure that you are meeting requirements and are eligible to receive your degree. If you have questions about your academic requirements contact your college office or your advisor. Contact DePaul Central at (312) 362-8610 or ​dpcl@depaul.edu for questions regarding your student account.​

Can I participate in the ceremony if I am scheduled to finish my classes during Summer Session?

Yes. ​ But student​s are encouraged  to confirm their eligibility with their college coordinators. ​​

In what order will graduates line up to receive their diploma?

Students will line up, process, and receive their diploma cover by their degree program. ​Actual diplomas are mailed to students.

Marshals will direct students to receive their diploma cover at the ap​propriate time.  Students will walk across the stage just prior to their name being called, as indicated by a marshal (to ensure your name is called while receiving the diploma cover). 

The program then concludes with the induction to the alumni society and procession out of the venue.

I made a mistake in the phonetic spelling of my name. How do I correct it?

Contact your college office to discuss.  Links to appropriate emails​ can be found on the Academic Requirements page.​​


Tickets

How many tickets does each graduate receive?

Each graduate who participates in a June ceremony will receive six guest tickets. 

Where do I get my tickets?

Students have two options to pick up their tickets: at Early Ticket Pickup​​ on April 15-16, and at the Commencement Kick Off Event​ on June 5-6 or 10-11.

How do I get more tickets?

 Students are encouraged to share tickets with their fellow graduates who are graduating from the same ceremony. ​

I won't see my guests before graduation. How can I get my tickets to them?

Graduates can leave their tickets at the Wintrust Arena will call under their guest's name. Will call is located on the south side of the Arena, adjacent to the main entrance.​ Please contact the Office of University Events at commencement@depaul.edu and provide your guest's full name. Your guest will need an ID to pick up your​ tickets. 

I can't make Early Ticket Pickup or Commencement Kick Off. How can I get my tickets?

​A friend or family member can attend either event on your behalf to pick up your tickets. They will just need your ID number. They can also pick up your cap and gown at Commencement Kick Off. 

Cap & Gown

I can't make Commencement Kick Off. Can someone pickup on my behalf?

Yes, a friend or​ family memeber can pick up your cap and gown in your place​.​  They will need your ID number​ to pickup.

Do I get an honor cord?

Graduates who were members of an honor society, affinity group, or student organization may receive an honor cord symbolizing achievements throughout their academic career.  Please check with the group or organization to see if they provide honor cords.​

Graduates who make a legacy gift with Alumni Relations are eligible to receive a legacy cord. They can pick up their legacy cord at Commencement Kick Off.​

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes, all students may decorate their cap.

How do I pick up my cap and gown?

​Commencement Kick Off events will be held on both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses during the week before commencement. Graduates will attend to pick up their cap and gown and tickets.​ Click here​​ for the kick off​ event information.

Special Needs & International Students

I have medical or other special needs. Can they be accommodated?

If you are a graduating student with accommodation needs please contact your college or the Center for Students with Disabilitiesat (773) 325-1677 to discuss your specific needs. Advanced planning is strongly encouraged.​​

My family or guests have medical or special needs. Can they be accommodated?

The Wintrust Arena is ADA compliant. Seating options are limited and advanced planning is strongly encouraged.

For the Hearing Impaired
Sign language interpreting (ASL) will be provided at commencement ceremonies.

Wheelchair Seating Availability
Wheelchair seating​ areas are available at commencement ceremonies, with one companion seat. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Limited Mobility
Guests should expect to walk distances and stand in lines. It is recommended that guests with limited mobility consider bringing their personal wheelchairs, walkers or canes.

​​​For any questions, contact University Events at commencement@depaul.edu​​ or (312) 362-5050.

Can DePaul send a letter to my parents to support their visa application?

International Students with F1 or J1 visa status who wish to obtain an invitation letter for family to attend their commencement ceremony may request a letter online in Campus Connect. See instructions here​​.


Wintrust Arena

What is the purse and bag policy at Wintrust Arena?

The Wintrust Arena has a v​ery strict purse and bag policy for all of its events. This policy will apply during our commencement ceremonies. Please familiarize yourself with this policy by clicking here and reviewing the listing of prohibited items.

Where can out of town family and guests stay?

DePaul has discounted rates with various hotels throughout Chicago.  Visit the Demon Discounts website for a complete list.

Where can I park?

​Information on parking can be found at the Hotels, Directions & Parking​ page. Wintrust Arena guests should park in Lot A.​ Traffic​ is always heavy in the area and the parking garage can have long lines, please plan accordingly. We encourage everyone to use the public transportation.

Other

What is the status of my student speaker application?

Contact University Events at commencement@depaul.edu​ or (312) 362-5050 for information regarding your student speaker application.

Where can I get graduation announcements?

You may purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones.​

Can I get extra programs?

PDFs of programs are available online and can be shared with as many people as you'd like.

Are there videos of past ceremonies?

​Videos of past commencement ceremonies​ are available to view here. ​DVDs are not available for purchase.

What are the dates and times of future ceremonies?

The dates and times of the 2019 Commencement are under the​ schedule page