Schedule of Events

Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12

Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony
4:30 p.m.
Sadoff Auditorium, Stayer Center – Marian University Campus

The Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony honors the graduates of the Radiologic Technology Program-Mercy Medical Center campus. Each graduate will receive a personalized pin designed to symbolize their commitment to a profession dedicated to exceptional patient care and technical advancement in medical imaging.

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

The School of Education Commissioning Ceremony is a “rite of passage” into the teaching profession. Undergraduate students who have earned initial teaching licenses, and graduate students who have completed the Teacher Education or the Special Education program, will receive a specially designed pin that symbolizes the educator’s responsibility to promote and respect life and to always search for truth in promoting learning.

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

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is a special event for graduates of the BSN and MSN degree programs as we celebrate their commitment to compassionate care in the tradition of Marian nursing graduates. BSN and MSN graduates will receive pins from Marian University. MSN students who ordered hoods may have them blessed at the Pinning Ceremony.

Graduates’ Champagne Reception
6:00 p.m.
Hornung Student Center – Marian University Campus

All graduates and guests are invited to a champagne reception.

Saturday, May 13

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 2017, faculty, staff, and community in a Mass of Thanksgiving. There is no assigned seating or special attire required for this liturgy. Graduates, families, and friends are invited to sit together.

Commencement Ceremony
1:30 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.


Wristband Policy

Marian University maintains a wristband policy for its outdoor commencement ceremony. Guests will need a gold wristband (provided in the graduation packets) to enter the reserved seating area, which opens at 12:30 p.m. 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 Stayer Center or Administration Building. Guests with handicapped tickets will need to present a pink ticket to enter the tent. The live ceremony can also be viewed online via a link that will appear on the Marian homepage,, on commencement day.


The deadline for ordering academic regalia is March 24 if you will pick it up at the April 25 Countdown to Commencement or from the Bookstore thereafter, or April 17 if you will be having your regalia shipped to your home. If you have questions, please contact the Marian University Bookstore at 920.923.7166.

Regalia not picked up at Countdown to Commencement may be picked up at the Marian University Bookstore or from the West Allis and Appleton centers, if requested. Items may be picked up according to the schedule below:

Marian University Bookstore
54 S. National Avenue, Fond du Lac
Wednesday, April 26 – Thursday, May 11
Monday – Friday (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Marian University Appleton Center
720 W. Association Drive, Appleton
Wednesday, April 26 – Thursday, May 11
Please call 920.923.8097 to ascertain when the center will be open
Marian University Milwaukee Center
1227 S. 116th Street, West Allis
Wednesday, April 26 – Thursday, May 11
Please call 920.923.8097 to ascertain when the center will be open

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