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SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern

EAST COLLEGE LAWN (located outside of the Emison building)

2024 Baccalaureate Playlist

2024 Baccalaureate Photo Gallery 

2024 Commencement Photo Gallery


Graduation fist bump at DePauw commencement


Commencement is a very special ceremony to officially confer degrees and celebrate the academic achievements of all DePauw graduates. Additional information will be shared on this site and through campus email to help ensure that all graduates have a memorable time with family, friends, guests, and the campus community.

Live stream  available at depauw.edu/stream 


Graduates can order regalia (cap, gown, tassel) from Eli's Books. The deadline to place an order is Monday, March 11, 2024 to ensure timely delivery. If you missed the deadline, contact the store manager, David Neeley (765-653-0618; n.david@follett.com), to seek other options. 

Important policies related to regalia: 

  • Traditional black regalia is required at commencement. 
  • Any additional adornments added to traditional black regalia (cap and gown) must represent excellence in higher education and academic performance at DePauw University. 
  • Anything that is raised or that does not denote a positive message on the traditional board (cap) must be removed.  

Additional items (rings, announcements, and custom diploma frames) can be ordered as well. 

Eli's Books | 6 East Washington Street | Greencastle, IN 46135 | www.depauwshop.com 

Regalia pick-up is Monday, May 13th from 9am to 4pm at Eli's Books. You will need your student ID to pick up your order, and you can only pick up your own order. Additional caps, gowns, and tassels are available at the bookstore for those who didn't preorder. 


Guests are encouraged to seek overnight lodging arrangements in Greencastle, IN or nearby towns. Housing will not be available on campus for guests. 


  • Accessibility Accommodations: For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations (including language translation or ASL services) please contact Mishelle Malayer at 765-658-4199 or mishellemalayer@depauw.edu by Friday, April 26, 2024. 
  • Professional photos: Commencement day graduate photos will be taken by GradImages. Ordering information and promotions are available on their website. 
  • Inclement Weather: Commencement will take place outside, rain or shine, unless there is a lightning storm. Instructions will be shared as soon as possible if we have to move indoors. 






Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center, Neal Fieldhouse 
Rehearsal will be held for all graduates at Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center, Neal Fieldhouse (more details forthcoming from the University Marshal). 

Noon - 2:00 P.M. - Welcome to the Alumni Association

Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center (201 E Seminary St)
Join us for a celebratory event as we welcome you, the graduating seniors from the Class of 2024, to the Alumni Association! Hosted by President Lori S. White and Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement Amy Kwas ’93, the celebration will take place on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center (201 E Seminary St). Immediately following your commencement practice, join us for lunch, ice cream treats, and a warm welcome into the alumni family. It's a wonderful opportunity to connect, celebrate your achievements, and embark on this exciting new chapter together!

Registration is NOT required to attend, but is encouraged, to ensure we order enough food and refreshments. Here is the registration link. 

8:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. - McKim Under the Moon

Open House at McKim Observatory, Friday, May 17, from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. If the sky is clear we will point the Clark Refractor at the 10-day old waxing gibbous Moon.  If the sky is cloudy*, we will still be open for you to visit and tour DePauw’s historic observatory.

*If severe weather is threatening we will not be open.  

Saturday, may 18


Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium. 
The Baccalaureate Celebration Ceremony kicks off the first formal event of Commencement Weekend, during which President White addresses the graduating class. The celebration includes prayers and readings from many traditions, as well as inspiring music, reflections from student leaders, and the unveiling of the Class of 2024 photo slideshow. Tickets are not required.

Live stream available at depauw.edu/stream

2024 Baccalaureate Playlist

2024 Baccalaureate Photo Gallery 

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. - SENIOR DINNER

Hoover Hall
Celebrate the accomplishment of the graduating seniors with an elevated dining experience conveniently located in the heart of campus!  Enjoy deliciously designed action stations including a made to order pasta bar, meat carving station, full salad bar, house-made dessert spread and so much more!  Join as we transform Hoover Hall into an unforgettable dining experience.  All are welcome, make your reservation now today! Bon Appetit at DePauw University - Greencastle, IN (catertrax.com)

8:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. - DEPAUW UNDER THE STARS 

Stewart Plaza (Inclement weather location Hoover Hall and the Union Building Living Room)
An evening of music and conversation for graduates and their families/guests. 



East College lawn 
Tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony, but will be necessary if we have to move commencement indoors (only in the event of inclement weather). Each graduate can reserve up to 6 e-tickets for their family and guests (please only reserve the number of tickets that you actually will need, if less than 6). To reserve and download the inclement weather e-tickets, please use the EventBrite link by Monday, May 13th at 4:00 p.m. (NOTE: Your student ID number is your access code for e-tickets). Please make sure that you give your family and guests the e-tickets before the day of the commencement. For EventBrite/ticketing questions, please contact Joe Novak at

Note: graduates processional line up will begin at 9:15 a.m. - more details forthcoming from the University Marshal 

Live stream  available at depauw.edu/stream 






 COVID-19 Information 

We ask that all attendees of commencement celebration activities be aware of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 and refrain from attending if they are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 in the six days prior to the event. We encourage all attendees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or tested for COVID-19 prior to the events. Proper use of KF94, KN95 or N95 masks is effective in reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection to the mask wearer. For more information, visit this American Medical Association site regarding masking. 


We appreciate your continued patience as we work to plan special celebrations.
Health and safety protocols will be in place per campus guidelines. 
Thank you!