Graduation information

Klingler College of Arts and Sciences 2018 Commencement

Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 p.m.
BMO Harris Bradley Center — 1001 N. Fourth Street

The college welcomes family members, friends and guests to celebrate the achievements of their graduates. Tickets are not needed.

  • Graduates arrive at 1:15 p.m. to pick up their announcement card and to assemble for the procession.
  • BMO Harris Bradley Center seating will be available to families beginning at 1:30 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ushers will be present and available to assist families and guests.
  • Graduates process into the arena at 2:00 p.m. The program will include college awards and the conferral of the diploma and individual recognition of graduates. It is expected to conclude by 4:00 p.m.
  • May 2018 graduates will receive their diplomas immediately following the ceremony. If you completed your requirements in December 2017 or will complete them in August or December 2018, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar regarding diploma pickup.

Academic Apparel

Please contact Herff Jones as the deadline for ordering academic apparel has passed.

Undergraduates may keep or recycle their "Renew" cap, gown and tassel. These keepsake gowns are produced from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles.

Master's candidates return apparel after the college ceremony at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to designated locations. Tassels may be retained as a keepsake if desired.


Printed graduation announcements will be available for purchase in March at the Marquette Spirit Shop.  For personalized and semi-personalized announcements, please visit Jostens website.


Attendance is required for all graduates for May commencement ceremonies. If you are unable to attend either ceremony (University or College), email your request to be excused.


Due to major construction around the BMO Harris Bradley Center, parking near the arena will be limited. Please see street closures and parking alternatives.

Visit Park Milwaukee to find additional parking in the area as well as information on Milwaukee's street parking regulations.

Closure and Detour Map


Professional photographers from GradImages will take individual pictures of each graduate as they receive their diploma cover on stage. A second photo will be taken just before each graduate returns to the arena floor. Students should pre-register online.

Special needs seating

Seats for guests needing special accommodations are located on the second floor. The BMO Harris Bradley Center suggests dropping your party off in front of the building on southbound 4th Street between Highland Avenue and State Street near the Potawatomi and Northwestern Mutual Gates. Ushers will be present and available to assist families and guests.

More information about Graduation events can be found on Marquette's Commencement website.