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Commencement ceremonies set for 2019

DePaul graduate at commencement
A graduate from the Driehaus College of Business celebrates while crossing the commencement stage at Wintrust Arena last June. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
** Updated on Nov. 15, 2018, with ceremony information for the College of Law.**

While commencement may be months away, it's not too early for DePaul's graduating students, their guests and faculty to start preparing.

The provost and president have approved the following schedule for the 2019 commencement ceremonies. The various college and school ceremony pairings maximize the number of guest tickets per student and standardize the length of each ceremony. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019, Chicago Theatre, 175 North State Street
  • 3 p.m.: College of Law
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Wintrust Arena, 200 East Cermak Road
  • 8 a.m.: 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 16, 2019 at Wintrust Arena, 200 East Cermak Road
  • 8 a.m.: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and School for New Learning
  • 1 p.m.: Driehaus College of Business (Kellstadt graduate students only)
  • 6 p.m.: Driehaus College of Business (undergraduate students only)
Business—the college with the most graduates—will hold separate ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students to shorten the overall length of the ceremony per group. Faculty in that college will receive instructions in February on how to RSVP to the ceremony of their choice.

Guest Tickets
As DePaul did last year and as many universities do, DePaul’s June graduates will be given a set number of free, general admission tickets for their guests. Each graduate who participates in a June ceremony will receive six guest tickets. 

In addition, the university is working to create a process by which students can request additional tickets beyond their original allotment based on availability. The Office of University Events will share more information about this with graduating students in Winter Quarter.

Purchasing a Cap and Gown

For many years, DePaul has been one of the few universities in the country that paid the costs of students’ commencement regalia.

Beginning this year, however, students will pay to purchase their own regalia for the ceremonies. This cost before tax will be $67 for undergraduate students; $101 for graduate students; and $125 for PhD students. After the ceremony, students may keep this regalia.

The university has negotiated prices that are in line with, or below, what students at DePaul’s peer institutions pay.  Our vendor manufactures the regalia from environmentally friendly fabric. Unlike most universities, DePaul does not charge students a graduation fee.

Students and faculty will receive more information in Winter Quarter about planning to attend commencement.

In addition, more guidance can be found on the DePaul Commencement website​. This site will be updated as the latest information becomes available. ​​​​