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.​

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?

Most ceremonies have a limited number of tickets available per graduate. See the Ticket​ page for details.

Where do I get my tickets?

Students have two options to pick up their tickets: at Early Ticket Pickup​ on April 16-17, and at the Commencement Kick Off Event​ on June 4-7.

How do I get more tickets?

There are two options to obtain extra tickets. You are encouraged to share with your fellow graduates who are graduating from the same ceremony as you. There will also be a lottery for extra tickets. The lottery will occur in late April (after Early Ticket Pickup) ​and students will know by early May whether they have been selected to receive extra tickets. Students will be emailed about how to enter the lottery.​

I don't need all the tickets I received. What do I do with the extras?

At Early Ticket Pickup, you may release tickets you do not need into the pool for the lottery.  Or, you can give them to other graduates from your same ceremony that need additional tickets.  Once tickets are released they cannot be reclaimed. More information about tickets can be found here​​.

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

Graduates can leave their tickets at will call the day of the ceremony for their guests to pick ​up when they arrive. Will call is located on the south side of the Arena, adjacent to the main entrance. An ID will be needed to pick up tickets.​ Graduates will need to leave the tickets in one of their guests' names. 

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. If you are unable to have someone pick up your materials on your behalf, your tickets will be available at the Wintrust Box Office prior to your ceremony. 

Cap & Gown

I missed the cap & gown deadline. Can I still receive one?

Yes, you will need to do two things. 1) Let your college know that you intend on walking at commencement. Contact your college using the links at the bottom of this page. 2) Attend one of the Commencement Kick Off Events​ on June 4-7 and tell an attendant at the cap and gown pickup station that you would like to attend commencement but did not reserve a cap and gown. You can also pick up your allotment of tickets (for your guests) at these events.

I'm not attending commencement. Can I get a cap & gown for photos?

Yes.  Caps & gowns are available through the same process as students attending commencement.  If you wish to make other arrangements, please contact the bookstore​ in-store or at  depaulcapandgown@depaul.edu​ or (312) 362-8792.​​

I can't make Commencement Kick Off. Can I get my cap & gown another day or send a friend?

You can send a friend with your ID number to pick up your cap and gown in your place​.​

If you or a friend absolutely cannot make Commencmenet Kick Off​, you may pick up your cap and gown at the Wintrust Arena on the day of your ceremony. Please arrive a few minutes before your assigned arrival time. You will not be able to steam or iron your robe if you pick it up on commencement day.​​​

Can I purchase a cap & gown?

​Yes.  The same website ​to reserve a cap & gown for commencement can be used to make a purchase.

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 and keep it after the ceremony​.

I kept my cap & gown after the ceremony. Where do I return it?

​It can be returned to the ​​DePaul Lincoln Park Bookstore or DePaul Loop Bookstore.

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, B, or C. Traffic​ is always heavy in the area and the parking garage can have long lines, please plan accordingly. we encourage everyone to use the CTA.

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?

As soon as dates and times are available, they will be posted to the schedule page.  Future commencements will take place after finals of Spring Quarter (or Spring Semester for the College of Law).  You can find this information on the Academic Calendar.​