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Review COVID-19 guidance, deadlines for commencement

Students take a selfie before their graduation ceremony
Class of 2022, there's still time to reserve your tickets, and buy a cap and gown for your June commencement ceremony. The deadline is Wednesday, April 27. (Jeff Carrion/DePaul University)

June graduates, don't miss the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments at your commencement ceremony. Wednesday, April 27 is the deadline to reserve your tickets and to buy your cap and gown.

COVID safety protocols
In alignment with the guidance outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago Department of Public Health , mask-wearing will be highly recommended, though not required, during the ceremonies. Guests will not be asked to provide proof of vaccination to enter the venue. DePaul encourages guests traveling from out-of-state to get tested before attending commencement. Each ceremony will be live streamed online for those unable to attend in person.

Due to their proximity to other graduates, unvaccinated graduates will be asked to provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of their ceremony when they check in at the venue. Students may test on campus, provide results from a testing facility or use a rapid home test.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and will share any updates to protocol by email and on the commencement website

RSVP for tickets 

  • Each graduate will receive six tickets. 
  • Graduates can only RSVP after they have applied for degree conferral. 
  • To RSVP and to reserve tickets, visit Campus Connect, using the following path: Student Homepage > Academic Progress > RSVP for Commencement. The deadline is Wednesday, April 27. 
  • RSVPing will reserve graduates' guest tickets, which will be available for pick up at Commencement Kickoff in June.

Purchase your cap and gown

  • To participate in your ceremony, regalia is required and can be purchased through Herff JonesThe deadline to order is Wednesday, April 27.
  • 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.
  • In addition to wearing official DePaul regalia, students may wear cords and stoles, and may decorate their caps.

If you have any questions, 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 that 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.​