Commencement > FAQs


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 ​ 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 please confirm your eligibility with your college ​advisor/coordinator. ​​

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

Graduates will line up, process, and receive their diploma cover by their degree program. ​Actual diplomas are mailed to students 10 weeks after their last quarter.​


How many tickets does each graduate receive?

Each graduate will receive 6 guest tickets. 

Where do I get my tickets?

Students have two options to pick up their tickets: at Early Ticket Pickup​​ on April 20-21, or​ at the Commencement Kickoff Event on June 1-2 or 3-4.

How do I get more tickets?

 Graduates are encouraged to share tickets with their ​fellow graduates who are graduating from the same ceremony. ​ There will be a Ticket Lottery for a chance to get more tickets.

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

​A friend or family member can attend either event on your behalf to pick up your tickets. 

Cap & Gown

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

Yes, a friend or​ family memeber can pick up your cap and gown on your behalf​​.​  They wi​ll need​ to know your ID number​.

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.

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.​​

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.


What is the status of my student speaker application?

Contact the Office of Academic Events at​​ 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.