Full recordings of both ceremonies are online. The undergraduate ceremony took place at 9 a.m. on May 20; the Graduate School and Graduate School of Management ceremony was later that day at 2 p.m.
Watch the recordings from the links below.
Important Commencement Ticket Update
As previously announced, students will have a chance to claim up to two additional Undergraduate Commencement guest tickets starting the afternoon of Thursday, April 20.
- Students should look for an email from University Special Events the afternoon of April 20, which will contain a link to the Marquette Commencement Ticket Lottery Portal.
- Students will need to use their Marquette email to log into their My Marquette Account, which will be the same login used to claim their initial Commencement tickets.
- Only students who RSVP’d “yes” and have already claimed tickets will be eligible for the lottery.
- Each student will only have one chance to claim up to two tickets. Once any additional tickets are claimed, the process cannot be repeated.
- The Commencement tickets claimed in the lottery process will need to be transferred to guests the same way as the initial Commencement tickets. Ticket transferring will be open through the day of Commencement, Saturday, May 20.
- Guests will not be able to directly claim tickets through the lottery.
- Graduates DO NOT need a ticket to attend Commencement.
- All guests must have a digital ticket to enter Fiserv Forum for the 9 a.m., Saturday, May 20, Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.
For any questions or issues accessing your My Marquette Account, please contact the Marquette Ticket Office at 414-288-GOMU or email@example.com.
Visit the Ticketing Process webpage for additional information on how to access / transfer tickets.
2023 Commencement Speakers
Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will serve as Marquette University’s undergraduate Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 20, at 9 a.m. As part of the university’s Commencement ceremonies, Matlin will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree. “Marlee Matlin is a gifted actress who carries forward the Marquette spirit beyond the screen as a strong advocate for others,” Marquette President Michael R. Lovell said. “She has illuminated new perspectives in her art, from those experiencing deafness to living with disabilities, which have touched multiple generations. I look forward to hearing her inspiring message for our graduates.”
John Gurda, noted writer and Milwaukee historian, will speak at the Graduate School and Graduate School of Management ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. As part of the university’s Commencement ceremonies, Gurda will be presented an honorary doctor of letters degree. Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972.
He is the author of 23 books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries and places of worship. His most ambitious efforts are “The Making of Milwaukee,” the first full-length history of the community published since 1948; and “Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods,” a geographic companion that has quickly become the standard work on grassroots Milwaukee. Together the books total more than 900 pages and feature 2,000 illustrations. “The Making of Milwaukee” was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that premiered on Milwaukee Public Television in 2006.
Learn more about Marquette University’s 2023 Commencement speakers.
Ticketing Process for 2023 Undergraduate Commencement
Graduating students: Watch your Marquette email for an RSVP form from University Special Events!
Congratulations to our students who will graduate in May 2023! Marquette University looks forward to honoring your many accomplishments.
As announced previously, due to the size of this year’s graduating class, venue capacity limits and the orientation of the stage within the venue, guest tickets will be required for the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20, at 9 a.m. at the Fiserv Forum. To ensure a fair and equitable process, each undergraduate student who will be attending the ceremony will receive up to four guest tickets via their Ticketmaster account.
Both the undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies can also be livestreamed on the Commencement website.
Visit the Ticketing Process webpage for more information about Commencement Ticketing.
Please Note: There will be no ticketing requirement nor a limit on guests for the Graduate School and Graduate School of Management ceremony because of the size of those classes.
Undergraduate, Graduate School, and GSM Commencement 2023 will be held Saturday, May 20, at Fiserv Forum
Marquette’s 142nd Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 20, at the Fiserv Forum, located at 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave., Milwaukee.
May 20th, 9 a.m.
May 20th, 2 p.m.
The undergraduate ceremony will be at 9 a.m. on May 20; the Graduate School and Graduate School of Management ceremony will be later that day at 2 p.m.
In keeping with tradition, the School of Dentistry, Law School and College of Health Sciences’ professional programs will hold separate ceremonies and will not be part of the Fiserv Forum ceremonies; details will be announced later. There will be no other college-specific ceremonies.
“We are excited to return to the venue that best suits an event with the pomp and circumstance of Commencement, and we are pleased that the Milwaukee Bucks worked with us to identify a date that will permit us to again celebrate our thousands of graduates in that premier space,” says Provost Kimo Ah Yun.
With Commencement moving to Saturday this year, the Baccalaureate Mass will be held Friday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center on campus. The Mass, at which all graduating Marquette students and their guests are welcome, will be followed by a reception hosted by President Michael R. Lovell and the Marquette Jesuit community.
Graduating students and their families are asked to consider travel accommodations as soon as possible. Please watch your email, Marquette Today and check the Commencement website for updates on the Fiserv Forum ceremonies as Commencement approaches.