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Cap & Gown

PhD graduate receives her hood on stage at commencement.
Purchase Your Cap and Gown

For many years, DePaul has been one of the few universities in the country that paid the costs of students’ commencement regalia. Beginning this year,  students will purchase their own regalia for the ceremonies.  

The cost for regalia is:
  • Undergraduate students $67 plus tax
  • Graduate students $101 plus tax
  • Doctoral students​ $125 plus tax
After the ceremony, students may keep the regalia. The university has negotiated prices that are in line with, or below, what students at DePaul’s peer institutions pay. Our vendor manufactures the regalia from environmentally friendly fabric. Unlike most universities, DePaul does not charge students a graduation fee.  

If you have questions or concerns about regalia affordability, or the cost of the regalia may prevent you from participating in the commencement ceremony, please contact the Office of Academic Events at to discuss your situation and learn about regalia assistance. All inquiries will be kept confidential.​ 

In order to purchase your Cap and Gown you must apply for degree conferral first. Please check the steps on how to Apply to Graduate​. The deadline to purchase your cap and gown is April 24, 2019.

Commencement Kick Off ​

At Commencement Kick Off you will receive important information needed for commencement day. Many university partners will be available to ensure you have everything you need for your ceremony. This will include representatives from each College, Alumni Relations and Career Services. GradImages​ will be on site during Kick Off to allow graduates to take pictures in their cap and gown.​ Most importantly this is when students will need to pick-u​p their commencement tickets​ and cap and gownA full schedule with dates, times an​d locations is listed below. 

If you have any issues with your cap and gown after pick up, please bring it to either the DePaul Loop Bookstore or DePaul Lincoln Park Bookstore. The bookstores can be contacted at ​ or (312) 362-8792.

If you are not able to make it to the Commencement Kick Off Event yourself, it’s critical that you provide a friend with​ your student ID number and they can pick up all of your items on your behalf. Please note that lunchtime is busiest, so plan accordingly. 

Commencement Kick Off Schedule

Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6, 2019
DePaul Center Concourse
1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 6​0604
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • College of Computing and Digital Media
  • College of Communication
  • School for New Learning
  • Driehaus College of Business
  • Kellstadt Graduate School of Business​
Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Lincoln Park Student Center 120 A & B
2250 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • College of Education
  • School of Music
  • ​The Theatre School
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Health

For questions regarding Commencement Kick Off Event, please email​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​