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Commencement at Marquette is a symbolic ceremony provided for students, faculty and families in celebration of our students' accomplishments.

NOTE: December 2013 mid-year Commencement ceremony will be the final mid-year graduation ceremony for Marquette University. As in previous years, August 2013 graduates who did not participate in the May 2013 Commencement and fall 2013 graduates will participate in this final mid year Commencement.

Following is the policy regulating participation in the May Commencement effective spring 2014.

  1. Marquette offers one Commencement per year. Commencement will be held in May, following the spring term.

  2. Spring Graduates:
    • Undergraduate/Master's/Health Sciences Professional students: students who are in good standing, have met the appropriate graduation application deadline and will complete their degree requirements, including the official recording of any transfer work by the end of the spring term may participate in Commencement held in the same calendar year.
    • Doctoral students: candidates must have met the appropriate graduation application deadline, have any transfer credit officially recorded, successfully defended their dissertation, received approval by their dissertation committee for any required revisions, submitted their dissertation to the Graduate School, and received approval of the dissertation format by the Graduate School before the published deadline in order to participate in the Commencement held in the same calendar year.
    • Dental students: students who are in good academic standing, have met the appropriate graduation application deadline and will complete their degree requirements, including the official recording of any transfer work by the end of the spring term will participate in Commencement held in the same calendar year.
    • Law students: students who are in good academic standing, have met the appropriate graduation application deadline and will complete their degree requirements, including the official recording of any transfer work by the end of the spring term will participate in Commencement and will be hooded and honored at the Law School May Hooding Ceremony of the same calendar year.
  3. Summer and Fall Graduates:
    • Undergraduate/Master's/Health Sciences Professional students: students who are in good academic standing, have met the appropriate graduation application deadline and will complete their degree requirements, including the official recording of any transfer work after the May Commencement ceremony of a given calendar year, may participate in the Commencement held in that calendar year, or may choose to participate in the Commencement held in the following calendar year.
    • Doctoral students: candidates who complete their degree/dissertation requirements (see #2 above) after the May Commencement ceremony of a given calendar year, will be hooded and honored at a Hooding Ceremony hosted by the Graduate School in December, or may participate in Commencement held in the following calendar year.
    • Law students:
      a. Summer graduates: students who are in good academic standing, have met the appropriate graduation application deadline and will complete their degree requirements, including the official recording of any transfer work in the the summer term after May Commencement of a given calendar year, may participate in the May Commencement ceremony of that same calendar year, and will be hooded and honored at a May Hooding Ceremony hosted by the Law School; or may choose to be hooded and honored at a December Hooding Ceremony hosted by the Law School of that same calendar year.
      b. Fall graduates: students who complete their degree requirements in the fall term of a given calendar year may be hooded and honored in the December Hooding Ceremony, hosted by the Law School and may participate in the May Commencement of the following calendar year; or may participate in both the May Commencement and May Hooding Ceremony of the following calendar year.
  4. Students' names/degrees appear in the Commencement Program in which they participate; however, for those students who are in degree programs that award graduation honors and choose to participate in commencement before completion of degree requirements, honors will not be noted in the program.

  5. Degree conferral is certified by the official Marquette transcript noting the degree completion. Receipt of a diploma or participating in the commencement ceremony does not constitute certification of degree conferral.

  6. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Provost.

 

Approved: Dec. 2, 2006.

Revision approved: August, 2013.

 

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