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DePaul Traditions

Alumni and Family Weekend is a university-wide event intended to invite parents and families to campus during the Fall Quarter.

Academic Convocation

Serving as a bookend to graduation, Academic Convocation convenes to officially open the academic year.

Blue Demon Week

Blue Demon Week brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate what it means to be a DePaul Blue Demon. Student organizations and departments from across the university plan a week of events for the DePaul community, and there’s something for everyone. ​

Blue Demon Welcome

This new student convocation celebrates the beginning of the DePaul journey for all new undergrads, including freshman and transfer students. At the Welcome, the newest members of DePaul join a proud community founded on the principles of learning, service and justice.

Chicago Quarter/Discover Chicago/Explore Chicago

The Chicago Quarter is part of the First-Year Program. All first-year students choose a class called Discover or Explore Chicago as part of their first quarter at DePaul.


DemonTHON is a year-long fundraising effort benefitting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. It concludes during spring quarter with the “Big Event,” the 24-hour dance marathon.


FEST is a student-run music event. It is hosted and organized by the DePaul Activities Board, and takes place on the Lincoln Park Campus Quad each May.

Midnight Breakfast​

A free event for students held during Fall Quarter finals. DePaul faculty and staff serve a late-night breakfast to students as a study break and show of support during a stressful time.

Premiere DePaul

Orientation program for incoming freshmen students offered by New Student and Family Engagement, a department in the Division of Student Affairs.

Residence Halls

Some may think of DePaul as a commuter school; however, every year 70%-75% of the freshman class will live in campus housing. DePaul has 12 buildings in Lincoln park, both traditional residence halls and campus apartments, as well as students living at the University Center, the Loop Campus option. All class years, from freshmen through law students, can live in campus housing.

Transition DePaul

Orientation program for incoming transfer and adult students offered by the Office of New Student and Family Engagement.

Vincentian Service Day

Vincentian Service Day is a university-wide spring service day for students, faculty and staff coordinated by the Vincentian Service and Formation Office. More than 1,000 DePaul volunteers engage in service across Chicagoland.

Welcome Week

The university's kick-off for the academic year. This celebration consists of New Student Service Day, the Involvement Fairs, Taste of DePaul and many more activities.