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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 Towards Commencement

  1. In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must successfully apply for degree conferral. If you do not have an active degree conferral application, you cannot RSVP or participate in the commencement ceremony.

  2. To RSVP for the ceremony via Campus Connect, go to Self Service > Degree Progress/Graduation > Commencement RSVP, click Continue and then RSVP. You may update your response and/or the number of guests attending the ceremony at any time. Remember to submit the form when completed. The RSVP link will be available in February.

  3. Once you have submitted your ceremony RSVP, immediately select the Herff Jones link to order your cap and gown.

  4. 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 Undergraduate College Program and the correct ceremony date/time. If you have any questions, please contact the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate College Office at (773) 325-7310 or

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

Successfully completing all degree conferral and commencement steps ensures that your name will appear on our list of ceremony participants.

Commencement Festivities

The Commencement website is a great resource that includes information on guest parking and how to RSVP for graduation festivities on campus. The website also includes an application for those interested in being the commencement student speaker.

Almost Alumni Fair

The Almost Alumni Fair is an annual event held each year in March by DePaul University. This fair allows graduates to get the facts about their upcoming ceremony, investigate their financial options after college, find information about hotels around the commencement venues and learn all about Alumni Relations and what privileges accompany becoming a DePaul alumnus.

You will be given the opportunity to take pictures in DePaul regalia (cap and gown) and/or your business attire. In addition, you will be able to purchase announcements, class rings and DePaul graduate memorabilia.

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 and student ID number. Keep in mind that lunch hour is the busiest distribution time.

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