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DePaul Traditions

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.​

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. Several events, such as benefit concerts, donation collections and Dancer Week—a week of activities to build awareness for DemonTHON—are hosted throughout the year to fundraise, concluding with the “Big Event,” the 24-hour dance marathon.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is a university-wide event intended to invite parents and families to campus during the Fall Quarter. This is a great opportunity to experience campus in the heart of the quarter and during a lovely season in the city.


FEST is a student run music event. It is hosted and organized by the DePaul Activities Board, and takes place in DePaul's Lincoln Park campus Quad.

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.

New Student Service Day

This community service day is held the day before fall quarter classes begin. Every student enrolled in a Discover Chicago class is required to participate, and those in Explore Chicago are encouraged to do so as well.

Premiere DePaul

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

Transition DePaul

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

Vincentian Service Day

Vincentian Service Day is a university-wide spring service day for students, faculty and staff coordinated by the Vincentian Community Service Office. More than 1,300 DePaul volunteers engage in service across Chicagoland in support of our community partners.

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.