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June Commencement Ticket Distribution
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When DePaul moved commencement to Wintrust Arena, the university realized that benefits of Wintrust's city location and new amenities would also require some adjustments to the way we stage commencement, including instituting a ticketing system. Tickets are required for all the commencement ceremonies held at the Wintrust Arena, and are general admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students have two opportunities to pick up tickets: Early Ticket Pickup on April 15-16, and the Commencement Kick Off Event​ on June 5-6 or 10-11. Students are encouraged to attend one of these events to ensure they receive their tickets in advance of commencement weekend. Please note, cap and gown pick up is exclusively at the Commencement Kick Off Event.

Early Ticket Pick Up 

Monday April 15, 2019
DePaul Center Gallery Lounge (11th Floor)​
1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • College of Computing and Digital Media
  • College of Communication
  • School for New Learning
  • Driehaus College of Business
  • Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Lincoln Park Student Center Atrium
2250 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 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 Early Ticket Pick Up Event,  please email

Tickets are required for anyone sitting in a seat. All children three feet and taller must have a ticket (as enforced by the Wintrust Arena). If children are sitting in someone's lap, they do not need a ticket. Graduating students do not need a ticket. Once you have your tickets, please keep close track of them. Students who lose their tickets will not be given replacements. 

Students are encouraged to share excess tickets with fellow classmates. However, students may not sell such tickets in an attempt to profit from this celebratory event.

A live webcast of all ceremonies will be available at this website​ beginning at the starting time for each ceremony for those who are unable to attend.

Ticket Lottery

You now have the opportunity to enter a The Ticket Lottery via email, for the chance to receive additional tickets for your commencement ceremony. The lottery will close at 5 p.m. on April 26. You will be allowed one entry. (Duplicate entries will be removed.)

The Office of Academic Events will send all students who enter the lottery an email from by early May notifying them whether they will receive additional tickets and, if so, how to obtain them.

You can pick up your tickets at one of these locations:

  1. Commencement Kick Off Events in June. These events will be your opportunity to pick up your original allotment of tickets (if you missed Early Ticket Pickup), your additional two tickets, and your cap and gown. Visit the Commencement Kick Off Event for time and location information.
  2. Wintrust Arena Box Office at 200 E. Cermak Rd. on the day of your school or college commencement ceremony. Your tickets will be available prior to the start of your ceremony on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at the Wintrust Box Office.

For either option, you will be required to show your DePaul ID to obtain your tickets.​ 

Box Office

All tickets that are not picked up at Commencement Kick Off will be taken to the Wintrust Arena Box Office. If you need to leave your tickets at the Wintrust Arena Box Office under a name other than yours, you must let us know at​, no later than Wednesday, June 5. Unfortunately, requests after this date will not be accepted.

Box Office Hours
Saturday, June 15
7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 16
7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Tickets allotted by College:

Saturday, June 15, 2019​
  • College of Computing and Digital Media and The Theatre School 
    Tickets per graduate: 6

  • College of Communication and the College of Education
    Tickets per graduate: 6
  • College of Science and Health​ and the School of Music
    ​Tickets per graduate: 6
Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the School for New Learning
    Tickets per graduate: 6
  •  Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
    ​Tickets per graduate: 6
  • Driehaus College of Business
    ​Tickets per graduate: 6