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Academic Convocation

Convocation celebrates the official beginning of the new academic year. On this day, we call together faculty and staff to welcome our new colleagues, to honor members of our community for their accomplishments, and to support each other as we live our Vincentian mission in service to our students and community.

To welcome back our community and to kick off the 2021-22 academic year, the university will host Academic Convocation and a Welcome Back Celebration for all faculty and staff on Thursday, September 2.

Faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend Academic Convocation on Thursday, September 2, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster Avenue on the Lincoln Park Campus.  The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am.
Members of the faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to dress in academic regalia and to participate in the academic procession from the Quad to the Church.  The deadline to reserve regalia is Friday, July 30.  All orders for academic regalia must be submitted  by this date; no orders will be accepted after July 30 at 5:00 pm.

Regalia distribution will take place at the Quad on September 2, between 9:00 am - 10:00 am, with the procession to the Church beginning at approximately 10:15 am.  If you are planning to attend but are not participating in the procession, please plan to arrive at the Church by 10:15 am to find a seat.

Welcome Back Celebration
Join us for music, fun, games and food at the Welcome Back Celebration hosted on the Quad.  The Welcome Back Celebration will be held immediately after Convocation from noon - 3:00 pm.  this event is open to DePaul faculty & staff only.  All participants must provide a valid ID to attend.  Faculty and staff do not have to attend Convocation to participate in the Welcome Back Celebration.

To ensure the safety of our community and to help plan for seating in the Church, faculty and staff must RSVP to attend Convocation and the Welcome Back Celebration.  Fully vaccinated individuals are highly encouraged to wear a mask in the Church.  Individuals who have not been vaccinated are expected to wear a mask at all times.  To allow for physical distancing, registration for Convocation will be capped at 550 and is on a first come, first serve basis.  There are no capacity limits for the Welcome Back Celebration.

Click here to RSVP for the events and reserve regalia.
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2020 Program

2020 Awards and Recipients

2020 Convocation Video

2020 Provost Remarks

Due to COVID-19, our 2020 Convocation celebration was virtual.