Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

This information is for the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Information regarding the May 7, 2017 MU-COM commencement ceremony will added at a later date.


Parking space is limited. Please carpool if possible. You will be directed where to park by the Marian University Police Department (MUPD) when you enter campus.

Students who have obtained handicapped parking tags from campus parking should tell MUPD they have handicapped parking upon entering campus. They will direct you where to go. Handicapped parking is located at Oldenberg Hall and the area by the softball/baseball diamonds. Additional questions should be directed to MUPD at 317.955.6789.

Questions about Announcements, Rings, or Diploma Frames

Information at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_marianin/.  Go to the Marian University Bookstore to see samples of rings, frames, and announcements.

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code, but please dress appropriately and respectfully for your commencement ceremony. No specific color shoes are required. Women are not required to wear dresses or skirts if they chose to wear pants instead. Please do not wear decorations or jewelry on your gown. Because we do always plan to have an outdoor ceremony, please dress accordingly. We encourage students to wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes for walking from the Physical Education Center to St. Vincent Field.

How Long is the Ceremony?

You should plan for the ceremony to last at least two hours.


If severe weather causes the ceremony to be moved indoors to the Physical Education Center, tickets will be required.  Graduates will receive guest tickets at the rehearsal. The final determination if the ceremony must be moved indoors will not be made until the morning of the ceremony. Graduates will be notified by voice mail if the ceremony is moved indoors.

When Do I Get My Diploma?

May 2017 graduates will not receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony. May 2017 graduates may pick up their diploma in person from the Office of the Registrar in Marian Hall room 104 from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 30, 2017. Diplomas not picked up by June 30, 2017 will be mailed to the home address on file with the university. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the Office of the Registrar has the correct address for the mailing of the diploma and pictures taken at commencement. Please update your home address on the CAMS student portal if you have any changes.
August and December graduates will receive their diploma approximately one month after the completion of classes in the summer and fall.

Diplomas are only issued to graduates who have completed all academic work and paid all balances due.

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