Schedule of Events

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday, December 15

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
4:00 p.m.
Holy Family Catholic Church, 271 4th Street Way, Fond du Lac

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.

Education Commissioning Ceremony
4:00 p.m.
Dorcas Chapel, Marian University Campus

The Education program’s 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.

Commencement Ceremony
6:00 p.m.
Sadoff Gymnasium, Marian University Campus

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 gymnasium. See below for further details.

Reception for Graduates and Guests
Sodexo Dining Room and Michels Atrium, Stayer Center

Join your fellow graduates and their guests for dessert and beverages immediately following commencement ceremony. A Marian University backdrop will be available in the atrium for photographs.


Wristband Policy

Marian University maintains a wristband policy for its commencement ceremony. Guests will need a wristband (provided in the graduation packets) to enter the gymnasium. Guests requiring handicapped seating will receive a different color wristband. Overflow guests without wristbands can watch a live stream of the ceremony in the Administration Building. The live ceremony can also be viewed online via a link that will appear on the Marian webpage,, the week leading up to commencement.


The deadline for ordering academic regalia is October 24 if you will pick it up at the November 28 Countdown to Commencement or from the Bookstore thereafter; or November 26 if you will be having your regalia shipped to your home. Please order your regalia via this link. 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, November 29 – Wednesday, December 13
Monday – Friday (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Marian University Appleton Center
720 W. Association Drive, Appleton
Wednesday, November 29 – Wednesday, December 13
By appointment only: please call 920.923.8573.
Marian University Milwaukee Center
1227 S. 116th Street, West Allis
Wednesday, November 29 – Wednesday, December 13
By appointment only: please call 920.923.8573.

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