University announces dates, new procedures for 2018 commencement

Office of the Secretary
November 30, 2017

NOTE: Some of the content in this article has changed since its original publication on Nov. 30. The College of Law graduation ceremony, for example, will now take place in the McCormick Place Grand Ballroom on Sunday, May 13. For the latest up-to-date information, please visit the commencement website.

Beginning this academic year, the university will hold its commencement ceremonies at the new Wintrust Arena. The state-of-the-art venue offers DePaul an affordable and easily accessible city location. 

The move to a new venue will also require a few new procedures. Because of seating limitations at Wintrust, the university will introduce ticketing for most ceremonies. The exact number each student will receive for a particular ceremony will be determined after the Feb. 1 deadline for applying to graduate in June. Once these numbers are set, DePaul will let graduates know how many tickets to expect.

Please note that Wintrust has very strict security limitations on bags, purses and backpacks. DePaul will include security and other logistics information in future communications with attendees.

After consultation with the school and college commencement coordinators, Faculty Council, Staff Council, Student Government, Academic Council, Joint Council, the president's cabinet and external partners, the provost and president have approved the following schedule for the 2018 commencement ceremonies:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

  • College of Law

Saturday, June 9, 2018

  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the School for New Learning
  • College of Science and Health and the College of Education
  • College of Communication and the College of Computing and Digital Media

Sunday, June 10, 2018

  • School of Music and The Theatre School
  • Driehaus College of Business

The Office of University Events will continue to work closely with the schools and colleges to plan the specific details for the commencement ceremonies. The university's commencement website can be accessed here.


Commencement update - Change to ticketing process and more news