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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 participate in the commencement ceremony.

  2. You must then reserve your cap and gown through the Herff Jones/Barnes & Noble link provided on the Commencement website. The ordering link is usually available beginning in February. Your cap and gown reservation serves as your RSVP to the ceremony. 

  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 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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  4. 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 Website

The Commencement website is a great resource that includes important information about the ceremony. The website also includes an application for those interested in being the commencement student speaker. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.   

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. 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.

You will also be able to pick up your allotted tickets at Commencement Kick-Off if you were unable to pick them up at the earlier ticket distribution dates. Visit the Commencement website for detailed information about ticketing and distribution.