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General Graduation Information

Details and updates regarding the all-university commencement ceremonies for mid-year and spring can be found on the University Commencement website, or you can contact Special Events directly with any questions at (414) 288-7431.

Diplomas are issued at the graduation ceremony in May. August and December graduates pick up their diplomas at Marquette Central or arrange to have them mailed from the Office of the Registrar.

Nursing Pins

Nursing pins can be ordered through the University Spirit Shop in the AMU. There are two pins to choose from; a gold-filled pin for $150 and a 10k pin for $750. To place your order, please call 414-288-3052.

May Nursing Graduates

An individual College of Nursing graduation ceremony will be held at the Church of the Gesu immediately following the morning all-university commencement ceremony. A ‘Graduation Guide’ will be emailed to you with all the details pertaining to this event.

Some important things to note are:

For any Nursing graduation ceremony questions, please contact the Business Operations Specialist, Margie Felber at (414) 288-7347 or via email .

Application for graduation

Students must apply for graduation on CheckMarq a minimum of one semester, or two sessions, before expected graduation dates. Diplomas are issued at the completion of every session. Ceremonies occur in May.

EBI survey

All seniors are required to complete an exit survey about their Marquette University College of Nursing educational experience. This survey is sent to all students via e-mail during their last semester of courses. Students must complete the survey in order to graduate.

NCLEX-RN Predictor Exam

All seniors are required to take the NCLEX-RN predictor exam prior to graduation. The exam occurs in the final semester of a student’s senior year. This exam assesses students’ comprehensive knowledge of nursing and provides a profile of their personal strengths and weaknesses relative to this base. It also gives students a personalized plan of study/review that will further facilitate them to be successful on the NCLEX-RN also referred to as State Boards. Prior to taking the exam students must have paid the exam fee and completed the exit survey.

NCLEX-RN exam and State Licensure information

After graduation all student nurses need to pass the NCLEX-RN exam in order to be licensed as a professional registered nurse. In the spring of their senior year, nursing students receive information on the NCLEX licensing examination in NURS 4984. General information about the NCLEX-RN exam and the registration process can be found online.

Specific information to each state’s licensure and regulation process can be found on the state’s licensure and regulation websites:



College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.