DePaul University Commencement > Graduation Day > What to Expect

Lining up for processional

Schedule

To see the full commencement schedule, visit the Ceremonies & Events section. Ceremonies generally last 2-3 hours each.

Arrival

Graduates and participating faculty and staff should plan to be at the ceremony venue at least one hour before your ceremony start time. Parking is available at the venues, as are public transportation options.  Traffic is always heavy in the area around the venues, please plan accordingly.

  • Rosemont Theatre - Students, faculty and staff should enter through the loading dock door at the west end of the building.
  • Allstate Arena – Students should enter through the Skyline Room on the north side of the arena.  Faculty and staff should enter through the west entrance.

Ceremony

Students will line up, process into the venue and take their seats.  Marshalls will direct students when it is time to line up to receive their diploma.  Students will walk across the stage prior to their name being called, when indicated by a marshall (this is to ensure your name is called while receiving the diploma cover from the president). Each student will have the opportunity to shake the president’s hand and receive his personal congratulations.

Etiquette

Given the solemn yet celebratory nature of commencement, all participants are expected to follow some basic rules of etiquette for such occasions.

  • Please demonstrate respect for your fellow graduates and plan to stay for the duration of your ceremony. Commencement is expected to last approximately 2-3 hours.
  • Candidates for bachelor's degrees: please note that your mortarboard should be worn so that it sits parallel with the ground, with the tassel hanging to the right. During the ceremony, your officiant will ask you to move your tassel from the right front side of your mortarboard to the left as a mark of the official awarding of your degree.
  • Master's candidates should wear your caps with the attached tassel hanging to the left.
  • Doctoral candidates should drape the academic hood over the left or right arm before they walk on to the stage.  The hood is then presented to their faculty advisor, who will slip it over the candidate.
  • Celebrate your accomplishment in a way that is in keeping with the solemnity of this occasion. Keep in mind that many people have worked long and hard to enjoy this day — do not allow your personal celebrations to disrupt the ceremony.

Cap and Gown Returns

Regalia* must be returned prior to exiting the commencement venue. Drop-off bins will be located throughout the facility.

It is your sole responsibility to return the regalia before leaving the ceremony. If your regalia are not returned in good condition, the costs for these items will be charged to your account. Academic regalia can cost $300-800 depending on the degree, so be sure to return your regalia promptly and in good condition.

* Undergraduates may keep their cap and tassel
* Graduate students may keep their tassel
* All graduates may keep any honor cords and stoles