Online Graduation Application

Undergraduate students who plan to graduate must apply for graduation. The "Apply for Graduation" link is located in your Checkmarq account (under the "My Academics" tab). The online application deadline for May graduates and any summer and fall graduates who wish to participate in the May ceremony is February 3. Students who are graduating in August or December and do not plan on participating in the current May graduation activities can apply at a later date. Please see the undergraduate academic calendar at MU Central’s website for dates.

Before applying for graduation, please make sure that your anticipated graduation date is correct and that your major(s) and minor(s) are listed in checkmarq. If any of this information is incorrect, please contact the College Records Office in JH 120.

Information on Marquette University Commencement

Diederich College Graduation

Sunday, May 17, 2020
12 p.m.
Cooley Auditorium
1015 N. 6th Street
Immediately following University Commencement

Driving directions to MATC


Personalized graduation announcements can be ordered online at the Marquette Spirit Shop

2020 Commencement Information At a Glance - UPDATE

The student entrances to Fiserv Forum have been updated. Listed below are the specific entrances each college should use that morning.


See map for specific entrance.


Silly string is absolutely prohibited in Fiserv Forum, due to the damage it causes to surfaces and equipment. There will be a significant fine charged to the college/school for any student using silly string. For a complete list of prohibited items, please visit the Fiserv Forum website.

Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. Procession lines will form at 9:00 a.m. For additional information, please visit the commencement website.


Tickets are required. Graduation participants each receive 4 tickets that must be picked up in person. There is no charge for College graduation tickets, though you will need to have a photo ID with you to pick up your tickets. You can pick up your tickets at the following times in Johnston Hall 120:

April 13 – 17, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Johnston Hall, 120

Requests for additional tickets must be made at ticket pickup. Students will be notified via email when/if extra tickets become available.

View the 2020 Graduation schedule and facts information page.


Parking is available at the 5th Street Parking Structure, 1215 5th St., Milwaukee, WI 53212

From I-43 North, take exit 73A to McKinley Avenue. Turn left and proceed east on McKinley to 5th Street. Look for the blue P parking sign. Turn right on 5th Street and proceed to the second entrance.

MATC Information for Graduates


Enter MATC through the doors on State Street (located west of 6th Street). Immediately report to the check-in area located just down the hall from your entry doors in the back hallway behind Cooley Auditorium. Find the table for your major and the card with your name on it. KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU until you give it to the announcer who’ll use it to read your name as you cross the stage to receive your diploma. MATC Floor Plan.


Find the gathering place for your major in either hallway 1 or hallway 2. Look for the banner for your major. Line-up lists are posted on the wall. The list shows the line up order. A column leader for each major will be at the head of the line followed by the graduates lined up in alphabetical order—ready for the processional at noon.

Receipt cards/Diplomas

After your name is called and you cross the stage, you’ll be directed to the hallway behind the stage where you’ll sign a receipt card in exchange for your diploma. Then, you’ll return to the auditorium for the remainder of the ceremony entering, once again, through the main doors and returning to a seat in your section. August or December graduates who are participating in May, won't receive a diploma at this time, do not have a receipt card and will just head straight back to the auditorium.

Graduation Photographs

Empire Photography has been photographing our commencement ceremonies for many years. Each graduate is photographed as they receive their diploma and a solo portrait is also taken after they exit the stage. Proofs will be sent to graduates and their families within 48 hours of the ceremony. Preregister your email address so you can receive your complimentary proofs quickly. Your commencement is a once-in-a-lifetime moment so don't miss out! If you have any questions, please email Empire Photography.

Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

If I participate in the graduation ceremony, does that mean I graduated?

Not necessarily. If you have completed all of your university/college requirements, you are a graduate and will receive your diploma at the graduation ceremony. If, however, you haven’t completed all requirements, you may still participate but won’t receive your actual diploma or be considered a graduate.

Is seating available for guests with special needs?

Yes. If anyone in your party requires special seating because of mobility, communication, vision or other disability-related needs, please call (414) 288-7702 to notify the college so the correct tickets can be issued. Wheelchairs or other prescriptive equipment are not provided by the university, college or venue.

How do I get my cap and gown?

All graduates must order their academic apparel online at Herff Jones on or before April 13 and pick up on one of the dates listed below.

There is no charge to the graduate 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.

Tuesday, May 12
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Marquette Place, on the 2nd floor of the AMU

Do I need tickets? If so, how many do I get?

Tickets are required for all guests attending the Diederich College of Communication graduation ceremony. Each graduate receives an initial four (4) tickets which must be picked up in person in Johnston Hall 120. See the College web site for specific dates and times.

If you’re unable to pick up your tickets, please contact Steve Repati (288-5923) to let him know who will be picking them up for you.

At ticket pickup, additional tickets may be requested. You will be notified via e-mail or telephone if extra tickets become available. Tickets are not required for the university ceremony or baccalaureate mass. 

When is rehearsal?

There is no general so be sure to read the University and College website information as well as the information included in the Diederich College ticket packet, so you’re familiar with the event procedures.

Will my photo be taken at graduation?

A professional photographer will take individual pictures of the graduates as they receive their diplomas on stage. A second photo will be taken of each graduate just before he/she returns to the auditorium after crossing the stage.

Who do I tell that I’m not planning to attend the graduation ceremony?

May graduates must attend Commencement exercises. Permission to be absent may be requested only for serious reasons by writing to the dean of your college by May 1.

How do I order graduation announcements?

Personalized graduation announcements can be ordered online at the Marquette Spirit Shop website and selecting the announcement quick link.