Graduation Information

For College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management Students

2020 Dates

  • Saturday, May 16, 1-3 p.m.: College of Business Reception, Sculpture Garden next to Straz Hall (please RSVP)
  • Saturday, May 16, 4:30 pm: University Baccalaureate Mass at UWM Panther Arena
  • Sunday, May 17, 9:30 am: All-University Graduation Ceremony at Fiserv Forum
  • Sunday, May 17, 12:15 pm: Business Graduation Ceremony at the Miller High Life Theatre (formerly Milwaukee Theatre)

University Commencement site

Undergraduate Students - Application for Graduation

Undergraduate students should apply for graduation in CheckMarq before the end of the advising period the semester BEFORE they wish to graduate.

Graduate Students - Application for Graduation

As a graduate student, you are responsible for verifying that you have met all degree requirements by the deadlines in the Graduate Bulletin. If you do not meet the various deadlines, you may not be able to graduate.

When you have met all degree requirements, or know that you will meet them by the deadlines, submit a Graduation Application in your CheckMarq account.

Until all graduation requirements have been met, you must maintain the appropriate registration status (less than half-time or full-time).


  • If you miss the application deadline, your graduation may be delayed and you must re-apply for the next graduation.
  • If you omit any requested information, your form will not be processed by the university.
  • Apply for graduation through CheckMarq

May Graduation

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Graduation Mass

Saturday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m., UWM Panther Arena, 400 E. Kilbourn Ave. Mass will be concelebrated by members of the Marquette Jesuit Community. Attendance is optional; academic apparel will not be worn. Tickets are not needed. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Mass is expected to conclude by 6:00 p.m.

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Graduation Programs

Sunday, May 17, 9:30 a.m., Fiserv Forum, 1111 Vel R. Phillips Avenue. The program will include recognition of the candidates and remarks by Dr. Lovell as well as an outside speaker and a student speaker. Academic apparel will be worn. Tickets are not needed; families and friends are invited to attend. Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See updated information on where to enter the Fiserv Forum on the university commencement site.

All candidates for graduation must report to the Fiserv Forum by 8:45 a.m. Procession lines will form at 9:15 a.m. There will be no rehearsal; complete instructions will be provided at the Fiserv Forum.

Candidates should assemble at the banner of their respective school or college. Please assemble around your respective banners.  MBA, MSHR, EMBA, ECON, ACCO etc. students should go to the Graduate School of Management, Master's candidate area NOT the College of Business area. Undergraduate candidates should go to the College of Business Administration banner.

All candidates will march in the academic procession and be seated during the graduation program according to individual schools or colleges.

The Graduation Program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. It is expected to conclude by 11:30 a.m.

The College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management will hold a separate ceremony immediately following the University ceremony. The COBA/GSM ceremony will be held at the Miller High Life Theatre, 500 West Kilbourn Avenue directly south of the Fiserv Forum.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 12:15 so please head directly to the Theater after the University ceremony.  Graduates will be seated in the front of the theater in alphabetical order divided by undergraduate and graduate candidates.  Individuals will be recognized as they walk across the stage. 

Seating is on a first-come basis.  Tickets are required for undergraduate candidates and their guests.  Graduate School of Management students and their guests do NOT require tickets. 

The ceremony is scheduled to end by 2:00.  Candidates should be in academic appeal.

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The Mass and all-university graduation program will be signed. At Mass the signers will be at the front of the altar near the east side. At the Graduation Program the signers will be seated on the floor level in front of the stage, at the east side.

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Entrance & Seating For People with Disabilities

At Gesu Church enter the main doors. The elevator is located at the far right, west end. For the Graduation Program the entrance is on Kilbourn Avenue. Seating is on the main concourse.

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Cap & Gown Distribution

All graduates must order their academic apparel online at Herff Jones.

There is no charge for academic apparel, and pickup only takes a few minutes of your time. 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 candidates name, degree, height and college.

Undergraduates may retain their "keepsake" cap and gown. Graduate School of Management and Graduate School (master's and doctoral degrees) graduates must return caps, gowns, and hoods to the representative of the cap and gown company immediately following the graduation program. (Tassels may be retained as a keepsake.)

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The diploma date will be May 17, 2020.

Diplomas and/or certifications will be distributed to May 2020 graduates at the Graduate School of Management ceremony.  August 2019 and December 2019 graduates may pick up diplomas at Marquette Central or request shipping.  August 2020 and December 2020 graduates will have diploma access 6-8 weeks after the graduation date.

Any special arrangements for mailing of diplomas, etc., must be made directly with the Office of the RegistrarThe office of the Registrar can be contacted at 414.288.4000 or by visiting Marquette Central's diploma page.

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An invitation from the President of the University will be sent to parents or spouse, as indicated by the graduates on the application for graduation.

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Printed Announcements

The traditional printed graduation announcements are available for purchase in The Spirit Shop.

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Area Hotels

See the Plan a Visit to Marquette hotels page.

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More Information

University Special Events
(re: Graduation Mass, Program, Academic Apparel)

(414) 288-7431

Marquette Central
(re: Diplomas)

(414) 288-4000

Office of Student Development
(re: Saturday Activities)

(414) 288-7205

Marquette Spirit Shop
(re: Printed Announcements)

(414) 288-3050

MU Information Center

(414) 288-7250

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