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Class of 2021: You’re invited to the graduation celebration

Graduates walk across a graduation stage
Spanning 10 days in May, 2021 graduates can register to participate in Graduation Celebration, a variety of outdoor activities including the chance to walk across a graduation stage in front of family and friends. (Artist Rendering/Ravenswood)

Walk across a stage in front of your family.
Wear your regalia on the Quad.
Capture Insta-worthy photos.

To celebrate the Class of 2021, the university has created Graduation Celebration, a unique opportunity for graduates to visit the Lincoln Park campus for a variety of outdoor, commencement-themed activities from May 19 through 28.

One activity planned is the Graduation Experience Canopy. Graduates can sign their name on the Class of 2021 reflection wall, take photos with family or friends, and, most importantly, walk across a graduation stage. A professional photographer will be available to capture the moment.

The celebration also will include a variety of DePaul-themed photo opportunities, sculptures and interactive experiences. At dusk each evening during the 10-day celebration, the Lincoln Park Quad will be decoratively illuminated for night photos and walks. Graduates can wear their regalia, DePaul jersey, Blue Demon gear or simply a nice outfit.

To participate, register for a designated date and time. Graduates are allowed to bring two guests. Dates and times are first come, first served. No exceptions can be made regarding the number of guests due to Chicago's COVID-19 guidelines for in-person gatherings.  

Graduation Celebration will follow all COVID-19 protocol. Graduates and their guests are required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth at all times while on campus, must complete the #CampusClear questionnaire and practice physical distancing. 

Out-of-state guests must follow Chicago's Emergency Travel Order. Traveling to and from designated states requires a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or a 10-day quarantine.

For more information about DePaul's graduation events, visit the commencement website​. Questions may be directed to