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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. Review your personal information for accuracy in Campus Connect. Check your diploma address to ensure that your diploma will be mailed to the correct location. If you need to update your name, please fill out the Personal Information Change Request through the University Registrar.

  2. Students must successfully apply for degree conferral in order to participate in the ceremony. Anyone without an active application cannot participate in the commencement ceremony. To apply for degree conferral, select "Apply for Graduation" in the drop down menu under the Student Center tab in Campus Connect.

  3. After you have applied for degree conferral, order your cap and gown through the link provided on the Commencement website​. The ordering site will go live during Winter Quarter, typically in February, and Graduate Student Services will email all eligible students instructions on how to reserve a cap and gown. Follow the cap and gown ordering process all the way through the Herff Jones website until you receive a confirmation page.

  4. Pick up your regalia at Commencement Kick-Off. The distribution of caps and gowns is held the Monday and Tuesday before the June commencement ceremony, on the Lincoln Park Campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Your cap and gown will not be mailed to you. 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.

Review additional commencement information, including instructions for picking up your allotted tickets, on the Commencement website. 

If you have any questions, please contact the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences - Graduate Student Services at (773) 325-4008 or