Commencement > FAQs


DePaul is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully. As the University makes the best decisions for the health of our community, commencement and all related issues will certainly be addressed. When any decisions are made, students will be notified. 

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

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

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.
Yes, but please confirm your eligibility with your college advisor/coordinator. 

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.


Each graduate will receive 6 guest 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.
 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.

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

Cap & Gown

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

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.

Yes, all students may decorate their cap.

Special Needs & International Students

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

Wintrust Arena

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


Contact the Office of Academic Events at or (312) 362-5050 for information regarding your student speaker application.
You may purchase graduation announcements from Herff Jones.

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

Videos of past commencement ceremonies are available to view here.