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Celebrating the start of the academic year

A banner from the 2019 Academic Convocation
The DePaul University banner at the 2019 Academic Convocation (DePaul University/Randall Spriggs)

To welcome back our community and to kick off the 2021-22 academic year, the university will host Academic Convocation and a Welcome Back Celebration for all faculty and staff on Thursday, Sept. 2.


Faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend Academic Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 2, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster Ave., on the Lincoln Park Campus. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Members of the faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to dress in academic regalia and to participate in the academic procession from the Quad to the church. The deadline to reserve regalia is Friday, July 30. All orders for academic regalia must be submitted by this date; no orders will be accepted after July 30 at 5 p.m.

Regalia distribution will take place on the Quad on Sept. 2 between 9 and 10 a.m., and the procession to the church will begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. If you are planning to attend but are not participating in the procession, please plan to arrive at the church by 10:15 a.m. to find a seat.

Welcome Back Celebration

Join us for music, fun, games and food at the Welcome Back Celebration, hosted on the Quad. The celebration will be held immediately after Convocation from noon to 3 p.m.

Offices that support students or vital campus services should make plans for staffing during the event. Vice presidents, deans and directors will determine which departments must remain open and coordinate hours and staffing as necessary.

This event is open to DePaul faculty and staff only. All participants must provide a valid ID to attend.

Faculty and staff do not have to attend Convocation to participate in the Welcome Back Celebration.


To ensure the safety of our community and to help plan for seating in the church, faculty and staff must RSVP to attend Convocation and the Welcome Back Celebration. Fully vaccinated individuals are highly encouraged to wear a mask in the Church. Individuals who have not been vaccinated are expected to wear a mask at all times. To allow for physical distancing, registration for Convocation will be capped at 550 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no capacity limits for the outdoor Welcome Back Celebration.

Click here to RSVP for the events and to reserve regalia.

For more information about Convocation, please visit the Convocation webpage. If you have questions about Convocation, please email

For more information about the Welcome Back Celebration, please visit the Events webpage. If you have questions about the Celebration, please email