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Information for students

Academic attire

There is no charge to the graduate for academic apparel, and pick-up only takes a few minutes of your time. If the candidate cannot pick up his/her own apparel, a friend or a relative may come in his/her place. Information needed to pick up the cap and gown is the candidate’s name, degree, height, and college.


  • No preordering is necessary for undergraduates.
  • May retain or recycle their “Renew” cap, gown, and tassel. These keepsake gowns are produced from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles.

Ph.D., Law and Dental Students

  • Academic apparel must be ordered online (link not active at this time) and picked up on one of the dates below.

Graduate students

  • No preordering is necessary for graduate students.
  • Academic apparel (caps, gowns and hoods) must be returned to the representative of the cap and gown company immediately following the Commencement program or at the sites of the individual graduation programs in the afternoon. (Tassels may be retained as a keepsake if desired.)

Cap and Gown Pickup

Tuesday, May 17
Wednesday, May 18
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
AMU, 157 and 163 AMU, 157 and 163


An announcement from the President of the University will be sent to parents or spouses, as indicated by the graduates when they apply for graduation. There is, however, no limit to the number of family members and friends who may attend the Commencement exercises at 9:30 a.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Tickets are not needed.

Printed graduation announcements will be available for purchase in March at the Marquette Spirit Shop. For personalized and semi-personalized announcements, please visit


Diplomas for graduates receiving bachelor’s, master’s and professional school degrees will be distributed at the individual schools’ and colleges’ programs. Diplomas for Ph.D.’s and J.D.'s will be distributed at the BMO Harris Bradley Center after the Commencement Ceremony in the morning.