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Commencement

DePaul holds one commencement ceremony each year in June. If you intend to participate, you must first apply for degree conferral for the current academic year and then submit a cap and gown order. Learn more about the College of Education spring Honors Convocation and graduating with honors and distinction below.

Eligibility for Commencement

For eligibility requirements to participate in the commencement ceremony, please refer to the course catalog. Undergraduate requirements can be found in the University Catalog. Master's and doctoral requirements can be found here.

Cap & Gown Orders

These deadlines are firm. The deadline for submitting the cap and gown order is May 4, 2015. An application indicating your intention to participate in the ceremony is also required.

To order your cap and gown, visit the Herff-Jones website

Honors Convocation

During the week of the commencement ceremony, the College of Education holds an Honors Convocation to recognize those graduates who have excelled in their programs. Invitations are extended to undergraduate and graduate students who qualify. 

Honors and Distinctions

Honors are not announced at the ceremony for undergraduates and graduates completing their final courses in spring quarter because a final GPA is not available at the time of the ceremony.

Undergraduate students: The determination for honors is based solely on the cumulative grade point average.

  • Cum laude cumulative GPA between 3.500 and 3.699
  • Magna cum laude cumulative GPA between 3.700 and 3.849
  • Summa cum laude cumulative GPA above 3.850

Graduate Students: Each graduate program establishes its own criteria for graduating with distinction:

Bilingual Bicultural Program

  • MEd 4.0 GPA
  • MA 4.0 GPA, and distinction on thesis as determined by the thesis committee member

Counseling Programs

  • MEd 4.0 GPA
  • MA 4.0 GPA

Curriculum Studies Program

  • MEd 4.0 GPA
  • MA 4.0 GPA, and distinction on thesis as determined by the thesis committee member

Dual Certification Program

  • MEd 4.0 GPA or possible revision based on T&L policy
  • MA 4.0 GPA or possible revision based on T&L policy

Educational Leadership Program

  • MEd 4.0 GPA
  • MA 4.0 GPA, and distinction on thesis as determined by the thesis committee member

Literacy and Specialized Instruction Program

  • MEd 3.75 GPA, A in LSI 457 with Exceeds score in Capstone Portfolio; at least 6 Exceeds on standards in LSI courses; and  A grades in both practica
  • MA 3.75 GPA, A in LSI 457 with Exceeds score in Capstone Portfolio; at least 6 Exceeds on standards in LSI courses; A grades in both practica; and distinction on master's thesis based on oral defense (Thesis Committee)

Reading Specialist Program

  • MEd 3.75 GPA and evaluation of Capstone Portfolio based on rubric
  • MA 3.75 GPA and score of 91% or higher on MA paper rubric

Social and Cultural Foundations in Education Program

  • MA Distinction based on recommendation for distinction from the students thesis committee and approval from the Thesis Review Committee

Teaching and Learning Program

  • MEd 4.0 GPA
  • MA 4.0 GPA, with distinction on thesis paper (Distinction Committee)

Doctoral Degree Program (EdD)

The successful completion of a dissertation distinguishes those students at this highest level of their educational careers. The doctoral program does not offer a formal distinction beyond this accomplishment.