dcsimg Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement Frequently Asked Questions


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 St. Francis Hall and the area by the softball/baseball diamonds. Additional questions should be directed to MUPD at 317.955.6789.

What if I cannot attend the commencement rehearsal

If a situation arises that will not allow you to attend the mandatory rehearsal, you may pick up your packet containing your three guest tickets, honors tassel if you have earned honors, and seating chart from Campus Police, located in the Ruth Lilly Student Center. The tickets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 through 8:45 a.m. Saturday, May 10. The packets may be obtained 24/7 during this time. The seating chart and other handouts distributed at the rehearsal will be posted on this web site under graduation related documents. Please bring your Marian ID to pick up your tickets.

Questions about announcements, rings, or diploma frames

Information at www.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 Health 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. Each graduate will receive three guest tickets at the rehearsal. See the ticket information page for more information regarding guest tickets. 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.

When Do I Get My Diploma?

You will not receive your diploma at the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas may be picked up in person from the Office of the Registrar in Marian Hall room 104 from Monday, June 9 to Monday June 30, 2014. Diplomas not picked up by June 30, 2014 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.

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

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