DePaul University College of LAS > Student Resources > Graduate Student Support > Commencement


Commencement is the ceremony which takes place only once per academic year in June. It allows graduates and their families to celebrate their achievement. As part of this rite of passage, the accomplishment and contribution to the DePaul learning community is recognized. Visit the Commencement website for specific details regarding commencement. 

Steps Toward Commencement
  1. The most important step is to successfully apply for degree conferral in order to participate in the ceremony. Anyone without an active application cannot RSVP or participate in the commencement ceremony. As a result, your name will be removed from our list upon application withdrawal or deletion.

  2. After you have applied for degree conferral, order your cap and gown from the Herff Jones website​.

  3. Follow the cap and gown ordering process all the way through the Herff Jones website until you receive a confirmation page. Make sure to select LAS Graduate College Program and the correct ceremony date/time. Please verify your degree and program for the record. (For example, a Master of Public Administration and Masters of Social Work). Information about commencement will be required when ordering and picking up your regalia. If you have any questions, please contact the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Graduate College Office at (773) 325-4008 or

  4. Review additional commencement information online via the Commencement website.

Cap and Gown Distribution

The distribution of caps and gowns is generally held the second Monday and Tuesday of the month in June, on the Lincoln Park Campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You must pick up your cap and gown on campus prior to commencement. If you will be unable to pick up your cap and gown in person, you may send a designee with a letter indicating your permission. Please include your name, student ID number and degree program. Keep in mind that lunch hour is the busiest distribution time.

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