Kate Maehr, CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, has been chosen to address graduates and receive an honorary degree at the Driehaus College of Business Commencement June 14. 

Undergraduate and graduate business students from DePaul University’s Class of 2015 will receive their diplomas at the ceremony, which begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Ill.

As the leader of one of the nation’s largest food banks, Maehr is known as a tireless advocate for the Chicago area’s neediest men, women and children. Since becoming CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository in 2006, she has boosted the nonprofit’s fundraising efforts and improved operations to increase the distribution of food, while galvanizing statewide anti-hunger policy efforts.

Under Maehr’s guidance, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has increased the annual distribution of food by 65 percent to 66 million pounds of nutritious food, which helps to ease the hunger of more than 812,100 people each year. Maehr has been instrumental in developing programs, such as food-service job training, that seek to break the cycle of poverty. She also is co-chair of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger and is a board member of Feeding Illinois.

Commencement Deadlines and Details

Faculty Commencement Information

Click here to view the Faculty Commencement guide.

May 4 - Deadline for Student Cap and Gown Orders

To participate in the ceremony, all students must reserve a cap and gown through the Herff Jones website​.

June 14 - Driehaus College of Business Commencement Program

  • 3:30 p.m. – Graduates line up for the procession and guests arrive
  • 4:30 p.m. – Processional begins
  • 5 p.m. – Ceremony begins
  • 7:30 p.m. – Ceremony scheduled to end

Seating for guests is open and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required.

For more information, visit the 2015 DePaul University Commencement website