Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement

We'll post details about our next Commencement Ceremony, which will be held in May of 2018, before the end of 2017. Until then, here is some general information about graduating from Marian University.

 Announcements, Rings, and Diploma Frames

  • Information about graduation announcements, diploma frames, and class rings is posted online on the Herff Jones website at
  • The Marian University bookstore also has samples of rings, frames, and announcements.

Dress Code

  • Please dress appropriately and respectfully for commencement. No specific color shoes are required. Do not wear decorations or jewelry on the outside of your gown.
  • Because the ceremony is held outdoors, please dress accordingly. We encourage students to wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes for walking and standing.

How Long is the Ceremony?

  • The Commencement Ceremony generally lasts about two hours.  

When Do I Get My Diploma?

  • May 2017 graduates will not receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremony but can obtain diplomas in person from the Office of the Registrar (located in Room 104 of Marian Hall) during normal business hours on Monday, June 5 until Friday, June 30.
  • Diplomas not picked up by Friday, June 30 will be mailed to the student's home address on file with the university.
  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure the Office of the Registrar has the correct student home address to mail diplomas and pictures. If you have moved or changed addresses, update your home address in the CAMS student portal to ensure your diploma is mailed to the correct address.
  • August and December graduates will receive their diplomas approximately one month after classes are complete.
  • Diplomas are only issued to graduates who have completed all academic work and paid all balances due.


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