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Graduating students: Prepare for your commencement ceremony

Balloon drop at commencement ceremony
The Class of 2022 should review the following upcoming deadlines and instructions to prepare for their upcoming in-person graduation ceremony. (Jim Summaria/DePaul University)
​​​As shared in January, DePaul will celebrate the Class of 2022 with in-person ceremonies and via live webcast. Ceremonies are set at the Chicago Theatre for the College of Law on Saturday, May 21, and Wintrust Arena for the remaining colleges on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12.

COVID-19 safety guidelines update

DePaul is continuing to monitor COVID-19 conditions in the city, and guidance from local, state and federal public health groups. Updated information for the commencement ceremonies a​nd any changes to COVID-19 protocol will be communicated after the start of Spring Quarter on the commencement website, in Newsline and in emails.

​Upcoming deadlines

To help you prepare for your in-person graduation ceremony, review the upcoming deadlines and instructions below.

  • March 25: Apply to be your college’s student speaker (June ceremonies only) ​ 
  • April 13: RSVP for your ceremony and reserve tickets (College of Law)
  • April 13: Purchase regalia through Herff Jones (College of Law) 
  • April 27: RSVP for your ceremony and reserve tickets in Campus Connect (June ceremonies) 
  • April 27: Purchase regalia through Herff Jones (June ceremonies)  

Student speaker applications

Do you have an inspiring message to share with your classmates? Graduates participating in the June ceremonies are welcome to apply to be their college's student speaker by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 25.

RSVP and reserve ceremony tickets

Each graduate will receive six tickets for their in-person ceremony. Graduates must have already applied for degree conferral to reserve tickets. College of Law graduates must RSVP by Wednesday, April 13, through Eventbrite​

For the June ceremonies, visit Campus Connect using the following path: Student Homepage > Academic Progress > RSVP for Commencement. The deadline is Wednesday, April 27. 

Purchase regalia

To participate in the ceremonies, regalia is required and can be purchased through Herff Jones. The deadline to order is April 13 for the College of Law and April 27 for the June ceremonies. Bachelor’s degree regalia includes a tam, gown, tassel and red stole. Master’s and doctoral degree regalia includes a tam, gown, tassel and hood.


If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your college's commencement coordinator or email

*Participating in the commencement ceremony is optional and does not equate to degree completion. In some cases, students may be eligible to walk in the ceremony before completing all academic requirements. It is a student's responsibility to review their Degree Progress Report to ensure they are on track to complete the requirements and verify their completion term. Students may apply for degree conferral in Campus Connect; please be aware submitting an online application does not guarantee a degree will be granted from DePaul University. Additionally, regardless of participation at commencement, students will not receive a diploma until all outstanding financial obligations have been fulfilled. Students should contact their Academic Advisors and DePaul Central with questions.