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Frequently Asked Questions

​​​​​​Law Commenceme​​nt Ceremony

The Law Commencement ceremony will take place on May 20, 2023 at the Chicago Theatre. Please visit the Law Commencement page for more details.

Yes, the ceremony will be webcast and the link to access the live feed will be available on the website the day of the ceremony. 

The link for College of Law graduates to RSVP and reserve tickets will be available in Spring Semester.

Each student may receive one (1) graduate admission ticket and up to six (6) guest tickets for the ceremony. Tickets will be distributed electronically by the Chicago Theatre to your DePaul email address; please confirm your DePaul email address during the registration process.

Applying for graduation, known as degree conferral, is the official request to the university to review your academic progress and confirm that you have met all the requirements to earn your degree. All students MUST apply for degree conferral. 
 
RSVP’ing for the commencement ceremony lets the university know you plan to participate in the graduation exercises. Participation is optional, but you must RSVP to attend. Participating in the ceremony does not mean you have earned your degree.  
 
Participating in the commencement ceremony is optional and does not equate to degree completion. It is a student's responsibility to review their Degree Progress Report to ensure they are on track to complete the requirements and verify their completion term. Students may apply for degree conferral in Campus Connect; please be aware that submitting an online application does not guarantee a degree will be granted from DePaul University. Additionally, regardless of participation at commencement, students will not receive a diploma until all outstanding financial obligations have been fulfilled. Students should contact their Academic Advisors and DePaul Central with questions. 

Cap and gown orders may be placed with Herff Jones. The site to order regalia and the order deadline will be announced in Spring Semester.

Graduates have two options when purchasing regalia. Both options are listed on the ordering web site.

Ship to Home Option: Students may have their cap and gown sent to them at home for a shipping fee of $12.95 and international shipping $29.92.

Campus Pick Up: Students may pick up their cap and gown at a campus location to be announced in Spring Semester. There is no charge for this option.

You may purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones. The site to order announcements and other merchandise will be available in Spring Semester.



June Commencement Ceremonies

The June Commencement ceremonies will be held at the Wintrust Arena. 

DePaul University will host its annual commencement ceremonies at Wintrust Arena on June 10-11, 2023. Please visit the June Ceremonies page for more details. 

Yes, all ceremonies will be webcast and the link to access the live feed will be available on the website the day of the ceremony.

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. 

Students who complete their degree requirements between Autumn Quarter 2022 and Summer Session II 2023 are considered part of the Class of 2023 and may be eligible to participate on their respective ceremony. Students should contact their college advisor to confirm their eligibility. Links to the appropriate emails can be found on the Academic Requirements page here.

Applying for graduation, known as degree conferral, is the official request to the university to review your academic progress and confirm that you have met all the requirements to earn your degree. All students MUST apply for degree conferral. 

RSVP’ing for the commencement ceremony lets the university know you plan to participate in the graduation exercises. Participation is optional, but you must RSVP to attend. Participating in the ceremony does not mean you have earned your degree. 

Participating in the commencement ceremony is optional and does not equate to degree completion. It is a student's responsibility to review their Degree Progress Report to ensure they are on track to complete the requirements and verify their completion term. Students may apply for degree conferral in Campus Connect; please be aware that submitting an online application does not guarantee a degree will be granted from DePaul University. Additionally, regardless of participation at commencement, students will not receive a diploma until all outstanding financial obligations have been fulfilled. Students should contact their Academic Advisors and DePaul Central with questions. 

The June commencement RSVP will be available through Campus Connect in Winter Quarter. Note, you will not be able to RSVP until after you have applied for degree conferral. The deadline to RSVP will also be announced in Winter Quarter.

Graduates have two options when purchasing regalia. Both options are listed on the ordering web site.

Ship to Home Option: Students may have their cap and gown sent to them at home for a shipping fee of $12.95 and international shipping $29.92.

Campus Pick Up: Students may pick up their cap and gown at a campus location to be announced in Winter Quarter. There is no charge for this option. Visit the Commencement Pickup page for days, times and locations by college.

Cap and gown orders may be placed with Herff Jones. The site to order regalia and the order deadline will be announced in Winter Quarter.

You may purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones. The site to order announcements and other merchandise will be available in Winter Quarter.

Information about applying to be the 2023 commencement student speaker will be available in Winter Quarter. Visit the student speaker application section of the commencement website here to learn how to apply. 



Tickets & Regalia

All graduates will receive six (6) guest tickets and must RSVP to reserve them.

Law graduates will also receive a ticket for admission to the venue. June graduates do not need a ticket to enter.

June graduates should plan to pick up their guest tickets, reader card (for crossing the stage), and regalia (if choosing the ship to campus option) at Commencement Pickup in June. Visit the Commencement Pickup page for information on the days and times by college.

Law graduates will receive tickets digitally.

Cap and gown orders may be placed with Herff Jones. The site to order regalia and the order deadline will be announced in Winter Quarter/Spring Semester.

Graduates have two options when purchasing regalia. Both options are listed on the ordering web site.

Ship to Home Option: Students may have their cap and gown sent to them at home for a shipping fee of $12.95 and international shipping $29.92.

Campus Pick Up: Students may pick up their cap and gown at a campus location to be announced in Winter Quarter/Spring Semester. There is no charge for this option. June graduates: visit the Commencement Pickup page for days, times and locations by college.

You may purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones. The site to order announcements and other merchandise will be available in Winter Quarter/Spring Semester.

Students may decorate their cap but not their gown or hood. All purchased regalia items are yours to keep.


Parents, Families & Guests

Commencement for the College of Law will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023. 

Ceremonies for all other schools and colleges will take place the weekend of June 10-11, 2023. More specific information about the dates and times of ceremonies can be found on the June Ceremonies page of the Commencement website.

Students interested in requesting unclaimed tickets for their friends and family are encouraged to join the ticket waitlist. A form will be shared in Winter Quarter for students to be placed on the waitlist to receive up to four additional tickets. More information about this process can be found on the Tickets page of the Commencement website.

Yes! Please visit the Parents & Families page for more information, additional events, and ways to stay connected and informed.




Other

Graduates' first and last names as they appear in Campus Connect are announced at the commencement ceremony. Middle names are not included in the name announcement. Students must present their reader card in order for their name to be called at the ceremony.

Graduates' full legal names as they appear in Campus Connect are listed in the ceremony program and on the diploma. The actual diplomas are not presented at the commencement ceremony; diplomas are mailed to graduates' diploma address in Campus Connect following the successful conferral of the degree.

DePaul University uses students' legal names listed in Campus Connect for the reader card, name announcement, and ceremony program. If you need to make a change to your legal name, you can learn more about that process here

Please note that name changes through the university can take some time to process. In order for your correct name to be used for the ceremony, you will need to have your name changed in the system before the end of the Winter Quarter.

No, only graduates who attend commencement in person will have their name announced at the ceremony. Graduates' names are read from a Reader Card, which graduates must present at the stage.

DePaul does not give out honor cords based on G.P.A. Graduates who are 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 attend the Commencement Pickup event have the opportunity to purchase a Legacy Cord from the Alumni Relations booth.

No, upon the successful completion and conferral of your degree, diplomas will be mailed and should be received within 10 weeks. Please make sure that the 'diploma address' that you have listed in Campus Connect is correct. 

After your degree is conferred, you will receive an email from dpcl@depaul.edu congratulating you on earning your degree. You will be asked to confirm the diploma address listed in Campus Connect is updated and that there are no holds or To-Do’s on your account that will prevent your diploma from being sent. The diploma is shipped to that address within 10 weeks after the last day of the term in which you graduated. 

Law commencement: Honors is not announced at commencement and will be determined after the May ceremony has taken place.

June commencement: For Autumn and Winter graduates, honors and distinction are based on the designation earned for the awarded degree. For Spring and Summer graduates, honors and distinction are based on the cumulative G.P.A. as of Winter Quarter. For programs that require more than G.P.A. to earn honors or distinction, those designations are not announced at commencemernt.

Information about applying to be the 2023 commencement student speaker will be available in Winter Quarter. Visit the student speaker application section of the commencement website here to learn how to apply. 

Contact the Commencement Student Speaker Committee at depaulcommencement@gmail.com for information regarding your student speaker application.

You may purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones. The site to order announcements will be available in Winter Quarter/Spring Semester.

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