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Spring 2020 Graduation and Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Program

Schedule of Events – Friday, May 8 & Saturday, May 9, 2020

Friday, May 8

Teacher Commissioning Ceremony
5:00 p.m.
Dorcas Chapel, Marian University Campus

For undergraduate students who have earned initial teaching licenses and graduate students who have completed the Teacher Education or the Special Education program.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
5:00 p.m.
Sadoff Gymnasium, Marian University Campus

For graduates of the BSN and MSN degree programs.

President’s Champagne Reception
6:00 p.m.
Hornung Student Center, Marian University Campus

All graduates and their guests are invited to a champagne reception hosted by President Manion.

Saturday, May 9

Graduation Liturgy
10:30 a.m.
Dorcas Chapel, Marian University Campus

Family and friends of all faiths are welcome to join members of the Marian University Class of 2020, faculty, staff, and community in a Mass of celebration. There is no assigned seating or special attire required for this liturgy. Graduates, families and friends are invited to sit together.

Commencement Ceremony
12:30 p.m.
Marian University Quad (under a tent, rain or shine)

The big event! Each graduate will receive their diploma from President Manion. A professional photographer will capture the moment and another photo will be taken of each graduate with their diploma.

*Please note that wristbands will be required for guests to enter the tent. See below for further details.

Reception for Graduates and Guests
Stayer Center Quad

Join your fellow graduates and their guests for dessert and beverages immediately following commencement ceremony.

RSVP to Graduation events by April 1

Wristband Policy

Marian University maintains a wristband policy for its outdoor commencement ceremony. Guests will require a wristband to enter the tent, which opens at 11:30 a.m. Wristbands will be provided in the graduate’s graduation packet. Guests requiring handicapped seating will receive a different color wristband in addition to a ticket for the handicap area in the tent. Guests without wristbands are invited to bring lawn chairs; however, note that in the event of rain, the tent flaps will be down. In this case, or for those who simply prefer a temperature-controlled environment, guests without wristbands can watch a live stream of the ceremony in the Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center. The live ceremony can also be viewed online via a link that will appear on the Marian webpage, www.marianuniversity.edu, on commencement day.


The deadline for ordering academic regalia is March 20 if you will pick it up at the April 22 Countdown to Commencement, or April 14 if you will be having your regalia shipped to your home. Please order your regalia via the following link: https://collegegrad.herffjones.com. Doctoral students, however, should order their regalia directly from the Marian University Bookstore.

Regalia not picked up at Countdown to Commencement may be picked up at the Marian University Bookstore after April 22 if home shipping has not been selected. If you have questions, please contact the Marian University Bookstore at 920.923.7166.

International students, i.e. born in another country, holding a valid citizenship in another country or countries, and/or attending Marian on a student visa (F1 or I20), can contact Bianca Birschbach to order an international stole.

Graduates who have participated in a study abroad program can order a “global studies” medallion from the following website: https://www.graduation-stoles.com/product/international-study-abroad-medallion/.

Tassel information

Approved Academic Regalia

Additional Information


Printed versions of documents on this page are available upon request. Please contact specialevents@marianuniversity.edu