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Apply for Graduation

To be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony you must first apply for graduation in Campus Connect. For more information on how to apply please follow the instructions available from DePaul Central.

In some cases, you may be eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies before you have completed all of your academic, financial and other responsibilities. Regardless of your participation in commencement, you will not receive your degree from DePaul until all of your outstanding obligations have been fulfilled.

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.

Graduating Students with Disabilities

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.

Cap & Gown Reservations 

Once you have applied for graduation, you can reserve your cap and gown​.

Graduation Announcements

If you wish to purchase printed graduation announcements, visit Herff Jones for a selection of customized items. 

If you are graduating with honors based on your cumulative grade point average, you may wish to indicate such a distinction to your announcement order and you are welcome to do so. The order form has many options, but not all apply to DePaul.  Graduates should review the following and select the appropriate distinction:

  • Undergraduate Students:  Select “Cum Laude” for GPAs between 3.5 and 3.699, “Magna Cum Laude: for GPAs between 3.7 and 3.849 and “Summa Cum Laude” for GPAs between 3.850 and 4.0.  See the undergraduate student handbook for more information.
  • Graduate Students:  Please check with your graduate office as honors requirements differ between each college and program.
  • Law Students:  See the Law student handbook for information on honor distinctions.  Check with your faculty advisor for more specific information.
DePaul does not provide honor cords for these distinctions.  See the cap and gown page for more information.