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DePaul plans virtual commencement for Class of 2020

Allstate Arena will be one of two sites to host commencement ceremonies on Sunday. Many undergraduates receiving their diplomas will face the question of whether to go to graduate school and when. (Photo courtesy of Angie Linder)

Regina Bressanelli, Contributing Writer

May 21, 2020

On March 27, DePaul announced it would cancel traditional in-person commencement ceremonies in favor of a “series of virtual ceremonies” to be held June 13.  DePaul’s leadership team in consultation with the Office of Academic Events made the decision to go virtual, and was “informed by federal, sta...

‘Stranger Things’ star will speak at DePaul’s virtual commencement ceremonies

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Bianca Cseke, Online Managing Editor

May 7, 2020

Joe Keery, a star in Netflix's "Stranger Things" and a 2014 DePaul theatre alum, will participate in June's virtual commencement ceremonies, the university announced in an email Thursday morning. Each school and college will hold virtual ceremonies for the Class of 2020 on June 13. Each graduate will...

Más que una ceremonia: los estudiantes latinx de primera generación exigen una ceremonia de graduación en persona

Honorary degree recipient Muhal Richard Abrams, a world-renowned pianist, addresses the graduates of DePaul University’s School of Music and The Theatre School at the 117th commencement ceremonies on June 13, 2015. (DePaul University / Jeff Carrion)

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

March 29, 2020

Una ceremonia de graduación es más que una celebración para los estudiantes universitarios latinx de primera generación que inspiran a la próxima generación. Los estudiantes latinx de primera generación no tendrán la oportunidad de girar su borla y usar su toga y birrete azul real en un estadio lle...

More than just a ceremony: First-generation Latinx students demand in-person graduation

Graduates joined in celebration with their family after three years of rigorous academic study.

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

March 29, 2020

A commencement ceremony is more than a graduation for first-generation Latinx college students inspiring the next generation. First generation Latinx students won’t get the chance to turn their tassel and wear their royal blue cap and gown in a packed arena after DePaul University announced they ...

DePaul cancels commencement, petition surfaces to postpone ceremony instead

DePaul cancels commencement, petition surfaces to postpone ceremony instead

Ella Lee, News Editor

March 27, 2020

Traditional in-person graduation ceremonies will not be held this May or June, DePaul announced Friday in an email. Instead, the university is planning a “series of virtual ceremonies.” The decision was made because of the uncertainty over when COVID-19’s widespread social disruption will e...

A year after ticketing debacle, DePaul students are still willing to pay for extra tickets

A year after ticketing debacle, DePaul students are still willing to pay for extra tickets

Emma Oxnevad, Assistant News Editor

April 15, 2019

For the class of 2018, the hope of a stress-free graduation was quickly squashed when a new ticketing policy was enforced. While graduates of years past were able to invite an unlimited number of guests to attend commencement in the spacious Allstate Arena, last year’s crop of seniors had to pick an...

The search for student commencement speakers

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.

Erica Carbajal, Contributing Writer

April 8, 2019

The deadline for DePaul commencement speaker applications is April 12, but at a university with a large student body, how are student speakers chosen and what does it take to give an address at commencement? Students are chosen by a selection committee that reviews applications, narrowing down and c...

Photo gallery: Law School Commencement all smiles at McCormick Place

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.

Jacob Emerson, Photographer

May 14, 2018

DePaul's College of Law commencement ceremony took place in the McCormick Grand Ballroom on Sunday, May 13.  

DePaul announces 2015 commencement speakers

Richard Edelman, who will speak at the College of Communication commencement ceremony, speaks at the 2011 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Switzerland. (Wikimedia Commons)

Brenden Moore

April 1, 2015

A humanitarian activist, public relations executive and pianist were among the list of dignitaries who will speak at 2015 commencement, the university revealed Tuesday. Read More »...

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