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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.

*Please note, in some cases, you may be eligible to walk in the commencement ceremony before you have completed all of your academic requirements. Walking in the ceremony does not equate to degree completion. You will not receive your degree until all of your outstanding academic requirements have been fulfilled. It is your responsibility to make sure your requirements are met. Please follow the steps on the Degree Conferral page to aid in successful degree completion.

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 RSVP for the ceremony via Campus Connect. In Campus Connect, follow this navigation: Student Homepage > Academic Progress > RSVP for Commencement. This link will not appear until you have applied for degree conferral (see Step 1 above). The RSVP for commencement will usually open in winter quarter. Please visit the Commencement website for RSVP deadline.

3.   After you submit your RSVP in Step 2 (see above), a link to the Barnes & Noble ordering site will automatically pop up. You are not able to purchase your cap and gown until you indicate you will attend the June ceremony. Please visit the Commencement website for the deadline to purchase your cap and gown. 

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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate College Office at (773) 325-7310 or

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.