DePaul announces plans for in person commencement


Jakob Emerson | The DePaulia

President Esteban congratulates graduates of the law school as they step forward to earn their diploma. Commencement was at the McCormick Grand Ballroom instead of Wintrust Arena.

DePaul announced its 2022 commencement ceremony will be held in person. This will be the first in-person ceremony in two years.

The commencement ceremony will be held at Wintrust Arena on June 11 and 12 while the College of Law will be at the Chicago Theatre on May 21.

Both ceremonies will be in person and live streamed as well. Despite both options being offered, DePaul cautioned the community that things could change.

All guests five  years and older must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask at all times at the ceremony. This will change only if the City of Chicago changes its protocols.

“Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, DePaul will continue to monitor the situation,” according to Newsline. “Commencement plans may change as needed to promote the safety and health of the DePaul community.”

The Classes of 2020 and 2021 will not have the opportunity to be commemorated during this year’s ceremony. DePaul held various events for 2020 and 2021 graduates in the spring. 

Students can also reserve up to six tickets for their guests. However, they must apply for degree conferral via Campus Connect by April 27 for June ceremonies and April 13 for law graduates.

Graduates will also have to purchase regalia through Herff Jones again. Last year, Herff Jones experienced a cyberattack, causing DePaul graduates’ bank accounts to be hacked. For more updates about other deadlines like student speakers and degree conferral, visit DePaul’s commencement page.