Graduation Information

For College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management Students

2017 Dates

  • Saturday, May 20, 1-3 p.m.: College of Business Reception, Sculpture Garden next to Straz Hall (please RSVP)
  • Saturday, May 20, 4:30 pm: University Baccalaureate Mass at UWM Panther Arena
  • Sunday, May 21, 9:30 am: All-University Graduation Ceremony at Bradley Center
  • Sunday, May 21, 12:15 pm: Business Graduation Ceremony at the Milwaukee Theatre

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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Graduation Mass

Saturday, May 20, 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.

Graduation Programs

Sunday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St. 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.

All candidates for graduation must report to the Bradley Center 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 Bradley Center.

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 Milwaukee Theatre, 500 West Kilbourn Avenue directly south of the Bradley Center.  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.


The Mass and 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.

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.

Cap & Gown Distribution

Undergraduates do not need to pre-order academic apparel.

Master and Doctoral candidates must pre-order online...

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.)


The diploma date will be May 21, 2017.

Diplomas and/or certifications will be distributed to May 2017 graduates at the Graduate School of Management ceremony.  August 2016 and December 2016 graduates may pick up diplomas at Marquette Central or request shipping.  August 2017 and December 2017 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 Registrar.  The office of the Registrar can be contacted at 414.288.4000 or by visiting


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.

Printed Announcements

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

Area Hotels

See the Plan a Visit to Marquette hotels page.

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