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

Steps To Commencement

Step 1. The most important step is to successfully apply for degree conferral in order to participate in the ceremony. If you do not have an active degree conferral application, you cannot RSVP or participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Step 2. 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.

Step 3. RSVP for the ceremony by ordering your cap and gown. Make sure to select College of Science and Health and the correct ceremony date/time when placing your order. 

Step 4. Pick up your cap and gown at the Commencement Kick-Off. The distribution of cap and gown will be on 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 are 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.

The University Commencement website is a great resource that includes information about commencement festivities, tickets, and our venue, Wintrust Arena.

Wintrust Arena adheres to strict safety procedures that are enforced without exception. Everyone entering the arena will pass through a metal detector and security bag check. Graduates and their guests should become familiar ahead of time with the arena's strict bag and purse policy, which prohibits nearly all purses and bags, and its list of other prohibited items. No bag check will be available at Wintrust Arena. We encourage graduates and guest to travel to Wintrust Arena via public transportation.

Please contact the College of Science and Health, Office of Advising and Student Services at 773-325-8490 or with any questions.