It is each student's responsibility to apply for graduation, and to do so by the deadlines listed in the Graduate Bulletin. Reminders are also sent to each graduate student via MUGS News (the Graduate School's e-newsletter), which is sent to your Marquette email account.
Graduation deadlines are scheduled well in advance of the date of Commencement to allow time for printing diplomas, graduation invitations, and program booklets. Students who submit applications after the stated deadline cannot be guaranteed a diploma dated for that graduation date nor can they be assured of inclusion in the graduation program booklet.
The awarding of a degree is contingent upon the student's successful completion of all program requirements prior to the date of graduation. If a student fails to graduate at the time originally anticipated, he or she must reapply for the next graduation before the appropriate deadline stated in the Academic Calendar.
Students who have completed all of their degree requirements prior to a specific graduation date, but missed the graduation application deadline, may request a letter from the Graduate School certifying the completion of their program. The student must still apply for graduation and the diploma will reflect the date of the next graduation.
Graduation exercises are held at the end of the term each December and May. Students who complete their degree requirements for an August graduation are invited to attend the exercises being held the following December or preferably May, and should contact the Graduate School to make the necessary arrangements.