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I have an event planned before May 26. What will happen to my event?

All events held on the Marquette University campus are canceled through May 26.

I have an event planned after May 26. What will happen to my event?

No decisions have been made regarding events scheduled to take place after May 26. Events after that date remain on hold until closer to the event, or the executive order remains in place, or the event is canceled by the hosting party. Recommendations on post-May 26 event cancellations, when requested, will be made on a case by case basis.

Will Commencement be postponed or canceled?

Following the postponement of this year’s ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marquette conducted a survey of graduating students on how best to celebrate the Class of 2020. Approximately 1,800 undergraduate, graduate and professional students completed the survey. An overwhelming majority of students reported a strong preference for an in-person ceremony when it is safe to gather.

Based on this feedback and knowing that Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work for our graduates and sacrifice for their families, we are planning to host an in-person Commencement ceremony on Sunday, August 30, at Fiserv Forum. Individual students will be recognized as they cross the stage. Only the professional schools — School of Dentistry, Law School and Health Sciences professional degrees — will host their own ceremonies. The individual colleges will host receptions during the August 29–30 weekend. Baccalaureate Mass will be held Saturday, August 29, at 4 p.m., at the Al McGuire Center.

Any of our plans may need to change based on government and health official guidelines, so we ask for your continued patience and flexibility. If future guidance requires a different action, the safety of our students, faculty and staff will be the most important factor in our decisions. Please visit Marquette’s COVID-19 website for more information or to submit a question.

If we can only gather in groups of 50, how will commencement work?

Any of our plans may need to change based on government and health official guidelines, so we ask for your continued patience and flexibility. If future guidance requires a different action, the safety of our students, faculty and staff will be the most important factor in our decisions. Please visit Marquette’s COVID-19 website for more information or to submit a question.

How do we order academic apparel (caps and gowns) for Commencement?

Marquette is asking all graduating students to order their academic apparel now so they are prepared for the August 30 Commencement ceremony.

The deadline to order academic apparel online is Wednesday, May 6.

Students who meet the ordering deadline will receive their academic apparel the first week of June.

Students who have already ordered their apparel, but need to update the shipping address, should watch for an email from Herff Jones requesting updated information.

Undergraduate students: You will receive a keepsake gown, mortarboard, and tassel. These items are yours to keep, regardless if an in-person ceremony is held.

Professional college/school students: You will receive rental academic apparel. Academic apparel can be returned should the university be forced to cancel any in-person ceremony; otherwise, it can also be returned immediately following a ceremony, should one be held. Use the enclosed return label and mail your apparel back to Herff Jones. You may retain your tassel and mortarboard as a keepsake. Returns will be tracked and if it is not returned soon after the rescheduled Commencement date, you will be charged accordingly.

Diplomas will be mailed in June by the Registrar’s Office. For questions regarding diplomas, contact Marquette Central at (414) 288-4000.

For all other questions, please contact University Special Events at universityspecialevents@marquette.edu or (414) 288-7431. Please also watch for updates on the Commencement website.

Does the postponement apply to Baccalaureate Mass or college-specific ceremonies?

Following the postponement of this year’s ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marquette conducted a survey of graduating students on how best to celebrate the Class of 2020. Approximately 1,800 undergraduate, graduate and professional students completed the survey. An overwhelming majority of students reported a strong preference for an in-person ceremony when it is safe to gather.

Based on this feedback and knowing that Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work for our graduates and sacrifice for their families, we are planning to host an in-person Commencement ceremony on Sunday, August 30, at Fiserv Forum. Individual students will be recognized as they cross the stage. Only the professional schools — School of Dentistry, Law School and Health Sciences professional degrees — will host their own ceremonies. The individual colleges will host receptions during the August 29–30 weekend. Baccalaureate Mass will be held Saturday, August 29, at 4 p.m., at the Al McGuire Center.

Any of our plans may need to change based on government and health official guidelines, so we ask for your continued patience and flexibility. If future guidance requires a different action, the safety of our students, faculty and staff will be the most important factor in our decisions. Please visit Marquette’s COVID-19 website for more information or to submit a question.

Will the Raynor Library remain open?

Given very low numbers of students who are accessing Raynor Library in person, the library will close its physical space at 4:30 p.m. on March 27 and will move to all virtual resources. Students, faculty and staff working from home have access to most of the same library resources and support that are available when on campus:

  • Real-time librarian research and learning support is available via chat 24 hours per day, in partnership with other AJCU libraries.
  • Virtual research consultations and instructional support from librarians is available 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.
  • Extensive online research resources are available, including more than 480 electronic databases and almost 2.5 million e-books on topics relevant to all disciplines.
  • Libraries staff will provide print material support, including book chapter and article scanning service with a 48-hour turnaround.
  • Faculty who need a book during the COVID-19 closure can request a purchase for direct shipment to their home.

Will the Child Care Center remain open?

The Child Care Center will close, effective March 27. Please see Marquette Today for more information.

Will Marquette Athletic events (practices, workouts, competitions, etc.) still take place?

No. The Big East announced that all 2019-20 seasons (practice, workouts, competitions, etc.) for Marquette Athletics have concluded, effective immediately. Additionally, the postseason Big East and NCAA tournaments have been canceled.

I have a vehicle on campus. Am I permitted to leave it there even though I’m not returning to campus? Will my vehicle be safe?

Students who have a 24-hour parking permit may continue to leave their vehicle parked on campus. Any student who is currently parked on campus without a 24-hour permit should contact Parking Services at (414) 288-6911. Similarly, any student parked in a surface lot on campus who would prefer to move to a structure should contact Parking Services for an assignment.

The Marquette University Police Department will continue to patrol all parking areas and residences, per normal operating procedure.

Will I receive a parking refund?

Students: All students with commuter parking permits will receive a refund for 50% of the semester parking expense. Students with 24-hour parking permits must email the Parking Office by March 27 if they wish to cancel their parking permit and retrieve their car from campus by April 1 to receive a 50% refund. If students cancel their permits and remove their cars after April 1, the refund will be prorated.

Faculty and staff: The university will suspend collection of parking fees for those who pay to park in a campus parking structure or surface lot for the month of April, which will be reflected in April pay periods. The university will continue to assess parking as the situation evolves.

I’m an admitted student for fall 2020. Where can I get information on the admissions process?

Please visit our Admissions page for more information.

What is the deposit deadline for incoming first-year students?

Marquette University will maintain a May 1 deposit deadline for incoming first-year students planning to enroll in the fall 2020 term, but will be extending the deadline for students who request an extension due to the impact of COVID-19 on their decision-making process. If you would like to request a deposit extension, please follow this link and complete the extension request form.

Will the university still hold Summer Priority Advising and Registration Kickoff (SPARK)?

Yes. SPARK@Home offers students and their families the opportunity to prepare for their transition to Marquette University. Because health and safety are of the utmost importance for our students and their families, we are offering this program utilizing virtual tools that students will continue to use during their journey as a Marquette student. For more information, please visit the SPARK@Home site.

Do we still plan to host the DNC?

Yes. The DNC is planned to take place in Milwaukee the week of August 17. Marquette will honor all residence hall and event space commitments that were previously agreed upon. For more information, please visit the Convention website.


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