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June 11 Commencement to Honor Nearly 2,000 DePaul Business Graduates

DePaul Commencement Ceremony
Almost 2,000 graduate and undergraduate business students in  DePaul University’s class of 2017 are invited to attend the Driehaus College of Business’s commencement ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, at the Allstate Arena.

DePaul alumnus Rick Kash (LAS ’68), vice chairman of Nielsen and a member of the college’s advisory council, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree. 

The class of 2017 represents more than 40 countries, with the greatest number of international students coming from China. Accountancy and finance were the top two most popular majors for business undergraduate students this academic year, followed by marketing and management.

Cap and Gown Pickup 

There is no cost to borrow a cap and gown for graduation so long as it is reserved by May 1 and returned afterward. DePaul business students can pick up their cap and gown any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8 at the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, Blvd., Concourse Level. 
To reserve your cap and gown, visit the Herff Jones website.

Commencement Schedule

Each participating graduate is recognized by name during the ceremony, and the college's commencement ceremony may last for two to three hours at the Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road in Rosemont, Ill. Graduates are allowed to bring as many guests to commencement as they wish, and tickets or RSVPs are not required. If family and guests are unable to attend, DePaul will stream a live website beginning at the starting time for each ceremony. Click here to access the commencement ceremony webcast. 

The business college’s commencement is part of a series of ceremonies that DePaul hosts each spring for graduates of its 10 schools and colleges. For more information, visit the DePaul 2017 Commencement website.

Driehaus College of Business Commencement Speaker

Rick Kash
DePaul alumnus Rick Kash will speak at the Driehaus College of Business commencement June 11.
Kash, who graduated  from DePaul in 1968 with a degree in sociology, currently serves as vice chairman of the global consumer information analytics firm Nielsen. He is a leading expert and author on business growth and consumer demand.

After graduating, Kash made his mark on the consumer research industry by promoting a theory of demand-driven economics. Kash also co-founded Nielsen’s micro-marketing supermarket and mass merchandiser information system to precisely target consumers.

In 2012, he was named vice chairman of Nielsen. Kash is a member of the U.S. Senate Business Forum, which provides lawmakers with independent views on national matters affecting the economy and U.S. business performance. Kash also founded Genus Oncology, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering treatments for refractory cancers. 

Bahrain Commencement 

DePaul's business college also hosted a commencement April 25 for 102 graduates of DePaul’s graduate business degree programs in Manama, Bahrain, which are offered in partnership with the Bahrain Institute of Business & Finance.

Students from the classes of 2016 and 2017 who have completed MBA, Master of Science in Finance or Master of Science in Human Resources degrees received their diplomas. Alumnus Hisham Ahmed Al Rayes, chief executive office and board member of the financial investment group GFH, was among the speakers.