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Class of 2022: Six things to remember for commencement weekend

Graduate walks across stage with diploma cover waving to the audience
Ahead of this weekend's commencement ceremonies, graduates should review the following six reminders. (Jamie Moncrief/DePaul University)
This weekend is what the Class of 2022 has worked so hard for - commencement. To ensure you get the most out of your well-deserved commencement ceremony, the university would like to share a few reminders ahead of the weekend's celebrations. 

COVID-19 safety guidelines
Based on the Chicago Department of Public Health's latest guidance, masks are highly recommended at commencement for all graduates and their guests based on the gradual increase in cases. However, they are not required. 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. The ceremony will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. 

What to bring and when to arrive
Graduates should arrive at the Wintrust Arena loading dock dressed in regalia an hour before their ceremony. There will be no designated areas to change on-site. Be sure to bring your reader card and your belongings in the Wintrust-approved bag you received at Commencement Kickoff. Wintrust Arena has a bag policy limiting the size and style of bags allowed. These policies will be enforced without exception.

How to get there
Paid parking is available near Wintrust Arena but limited. Consider using public transportation, or a taxi or rideshare service.

Not at Commencement Kickoff?
If you were unable to attend your college's event, it is strongly recommended you arrive at the arena one hour before your ceremony. Regalia and reader cards will be available at the dock, where graduates enter. Guest tickets will be held at the Wintrust box office until??? an hour before your ceremony under your name.

You will not receive your diploma at the ceremony; you will receive a diploma cover. For students who have already conferred, your diploma should have arrived at your diploma address provided in Campus Connect. If you have yet to officially graduate, your diploma will be mailed following the conferral of your degree.

Photo ops on campus  
Take photos in your regalia or DePaul jersey in front of Class of 2022-specific decorations around campus, including in front of the College of Law building, on the Quad, behind the Lincoln Park Student Center's Monsignor Egan statue and on the stairs leading up to the Schmitt Academic Center. These decorations will be available through June 17. 

Above all else - have fun and enjoy the special day. You have worked so hard to get to your graduation ceremony so cherish the moment with the Blue Demon community, your family and friends. ​​