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DePaul kicks off milestone anniversary, celebrating 125 years of you

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DePaul kicked off its 125th anniversary at the Welcome Home Celebration for faculty and staff Sept. 1 on the Lincoln Park quad. (DePaul University/Steve Woltmann)

This year marks an important milestone in DePaul's history and an opportunity to think about its future — its 125th anniversary.

Through September 2023, DePaul will commemorate more than a century of engaging, diverse and global learning, service to the community, outstanding athletes, groundbreaking leaders and a strong commitment to the university's Vincentian mission. The milestone is also a chance for everyone — students, faculty, staff and community members — to consider how they can help shape DePaul's future and pass the Blue Demon torch to the next generation.

The year-long celebration will include stories of greatness, on-campus events, the 125 Faces of DePaul and more.

125 Faces of DePaul

DePaul invited the entire community in 2021 to suggest people who had made a significant impact on the university, their field of study or industry. In less than a month, DePaul received nearly 400 nominations. Over the months that followed, the planning committee considered each submission and selected 125 people to celebrate.

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DePaul's 125th-anniversary logo. (DePaul University/Vick-Ariel Privert)

The 125 Faces of DePaul demonstrate DePaul's long-standing history, showcasing a diverse group of outstanding leaders, individuals challenging societal norms, groundbreaking STEM experts, those who exhibit Vincentian personalism, artists, life-long learners and record-breaking athletes. With DePaul's long-standing commitment to answering the question "What must be done?," many more people contributed to the university's longevity and success. The 125 Faces of DePaul is a sampling of what makes DePaul what it is today.

The entire list of 125 Faces of DePaul is available on the 125th-anniversary website. Over the next three months, DePaul will share information, photos, quotes and university memories about the faces in groups. You can get to know the community builders, athletes, Blue Demons, and faculty and staff in the first group now. Future groups will be shared in early October and November.


The university will celebrate the anniversary milestone throughout the year with unique 125-themed events. Anniversary elements will be incorporated into long-standing traditional events such as Alumni and Family Weekend and Blue Demon Week. For more information, visit the 125th-anniversary website, which will be regularly updated as more information becomes available.

Join the celebration

Visit the anniversary's website to help celebrate DePaul's anniversary online! DePaul community members can download the anniversary's student-designed logo and templates to use in emails, on Zoom and in PowerPoint presentations.

You can also celebrate on social! Use #DePaul125 for all anniversary-related posts, and search "DePaul 125" within each platform for anniversary-themed GIFs, filters and stickers.

To learn more about DePaul's 125-year history, visit