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Prepare for 2023 commencement!

balloons and graduates at Wintrust
Graduates celebrate with a blue and white balloon drop at a commencement ceremony in Wintrust arena. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Congratulations to our 2023 graduates! You've worked hard to get here and the entire DePaul community is proud of you and looking forward to celebrating with you.

In October, DePaul announced that its 2023 commencement ceremonies will be held at the Chicago Theatre for the College of Law on Saturday, May 20, and Wintrust Arena for the remaining colleges on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11. For those unable to attend commencement in person, a livestream will be available.

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

College of Law

Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.

June Ceremonies

Saturday, June 10

8 a.m. – Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, and The Theatre School

1 p.m. – College of Communication and College of Education

6 p.m. – College of Science and Health, and School of Music

Sunday, June 11

8 a.m. – Driehaus College of Business (undergraduate only)

1 p.m. – Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

6 p.m. – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Graduating Students

The remainder of this article outlines next steps for graduating students, including key deadlines, student speaker applications, ceremony ticket information and purchasing regalia.

What's next

To help students prepare for their upcoming graduation, below is a list of upcoming deadlines and instructions by college: 

College of Law

April 11: Create a (free) Ticketmaster account to receive your digital tickets, if you don't already have one.

April 12: RSVP to reserve tickets.

April 12: Purchase regalia through Herff Jones.

May 17-18: Attend Commencement Pickup on campus.

June ceremonies

March 31: Apply to be your college's student speaker.

April 26: RSVP for your ceremony and reserve tickets in Campus Connect.

April 26: Purchase regalia through Herff Jones.

Degree conferral 

College of Law students who complete their coursework between summer session 2022 and spring semester 2023 are eligible to participate in the 2023 commencement ceremony. Students from all other colleges who complete their coursework between fall 2022 and summer session 2023 may be eligible to participate in the June 2023 commencement ceremonies. 

If you missed the February 1 degree conferral deadline, contact your college advisor to apply for graduation.

Student speaker applications (June ceremonies)

Graduates participating in the June ceremonies and who want to share an inspiring message or a story about their DePaul journey are welcome to apply to be their college's student speaker by noon (12:00 p.m.) on March 31. 

RSVP and Reserve Tickets

College of Law

Tickets for commencement at The Chicago Theatre are distributed electronically via Ticketmaster and the Chicago Theatre app. Graduates and their guests will be given detailed instructions on how to download and transfer tickets closer to the ceremony, and the Office of Academic Events will provide all necessary support to make sure everyone is ready.

For now, please follow the steps below to prepare.

Step 1: Create a Ticketmaster account. (If you have an existing Ticketmaster account, skip to Step 2.)

Create a free Ticketmaster account linked to your mobile phone and DePaul email address.

Step 2: RSVP and reserve your ceremony tickets.

RSVP to attend and reserve tickets by Wednesday, April 12. In the form, you will be asked to provide your Ticketmaster account information, as well as a guide to pronounce your name correctly at the ceremony. RSVP'ing will reserve tickets in your name for the ceremony.

June ceremonies

To RSVP to your college's ceremony and reserve tickets, visit Campus Connect and follow this path: Student Homepage > Academic Progress > RSVP for Commencement. Please note the RSVP button will only be visible after you have applied to receive your degree. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, April 26. RSVP'ing will reserve tickets in your name for the ceremony, which will be available at Commencement Pickup.

Purchase regalia 

To participate in the ceremonies, regalia is required and can be purchased through Herff Jones. The deadline to order for the College of Law is Wednesday, April 12. Law regalia includes a cap, gown, tassel and hood. The deadline to order for June ceremonies is Wednesday, April 26. 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.

Further Information

As ceremony dates near, updates and reminders will be regularly provided through email, Newsline and DePaul's commencement website. This website contains all the up-to-date information for graduates and their guests. If you have any questions, please reach out to your college's commencement coordinator or email commencement@dep​