Graduation information

Klingler College of Arts and Sciences 2017 Commencement

Sunday, May 21, 2017— 1:30 p.m.
The college ceremony will be held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. Fourth Street. Ushers will be present and available to assist families and guests.

  • Graduates arrive at 12:45 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 1:00 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Graduates process into the arena at 1:30 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 3:30 p.m.
  • May 2017 graduates will receive their diplomas immediately following the ceremony. If you completed your requirements in December 2016 or will complete them in August or December 2017, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar regarding diploma pickup.

Students who are eligible to graduate and have not applied should contact Director of Student Records Pauline Thomas.

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.

Cap and Gown Pickup
Academic apparel is required at the University and Klingler College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremonies. No preordering is necessary. There is no charge to the graduate for academic apparel, and pick up will take place on the following days:

Tuesday, May 16: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union (AMU) Rooms 157/163

If the candidate cannot pick up his/her own apparel, a friend or a relative may come in his/her place. Information needed to pick up the cap and gown is the candidate's name, degree, height and college.

Undergraduates may keep their apparel. Master's candidates return apparel after the college ceremony at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to designated locations.

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. Enter at the main entrances and take the elevator to the second level. Elevators are located in the inner lobby, behind the staircase. Ushers will be present and available to assist families and guests.

Parking (updated 3/22/2017)
Due to major construction around the BMO Harris Bradley Center, parking near the arena will be limited. Please visit this website to see current information for street closures and parking alternatives.

Park Milwaukee is another source to find additional parking in the area, along with information regarding Milwaukee Street Parking Regulations.

GradImages, the official photographer for the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, 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. To order photos, you must pre-register.

Printed Commencement announcements are available for purchase in the Marquette Spirit Shop. For personalized and semipersonalized announcements, please visit Jostens website.

Additional information about Commencement weekend can be found by visiting Marquette's Commencement website.