Online Graduation Application

Undergraduate students who plan to graduate in 2015 must apply for graduation. The "Apply for Graduation" link is located in your Checkmarq account (under the "my Academics" tab). The online application deadline for May 2015 graduates and any summer and fall 2015 graduates who wish to participate in the May 2015 ceremony is January 30, 2015.

May/August/December 2015 Graduates

May 16

Baccalaureate Mass
4:30 p.m.

U.S. Cellular Arena (400 W. Kilbourn Ave.) Attendance is optional. No academic apparel will be worn. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Mass is expected to conclude by 6 p.m.

May 17 University Commencement Ceremony
9:30, BMO Harris Bradley Center (1001 N. 4th St.)

Graduates enter at west entrance by 8:45 a.m. Find and assemble around the College of Communication banner. Driving directions to the BMO Harris Bradley Center

Diederich College of Communication Graduation Ceremony

MATC, Cooley Auditorium (1015 N. 6th Street, next to the Bradley Center). Program immediately follows the University Commencement ceremony and should conclude by 1:30 p.m.
Driving directions to MATC, Cooley Auditorium

MATC Floor Plan for Guests and Graduates

For more information, please see the University's website:

Tickets are required for the Diederich College graduation ceremony.

There is no charge for tickets for this event.

Each Diederich College graduation participant will receive 4 tickets.

Tickets must be picked up in Johnston Hall (Records Office) during the week of April 20, 2015.

Hours for ticket pickup are: 8 a.m.- noon and 1-3 p.m.

Requests for additional tickers must be made at ticket pickup window.

Students will be notified via email when/if extra tickets become available. 

WHAT TO DO when you arrive at MATC (Graduates)

Enter MATC through the doors on State Street (located west of 6th Street). Immediately report to the check-in area located just down the hall from your entry doors in the back hallway behind Cooley Auditorium. Find the table for your major and the card with your name on it. KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU until you give it to the announcer who’ll use it to read your name as you cross the stage to receive your diploma. MATC Floor Plan for Guests and Graduates

Restrooms on the 2nd floor of MATC are located on the north (or far) end of the floor, a long walk from the check-in tables. The men’s restroom is located all the way at the end of the back hallway (behind the auditorium). The women’s restroom is located all the way at the end of the front hallway (main hallway in front of the auditorium). Remember, there won’t be much time!

Line Up:
Find the gathering place for your major in either hallway 1 or hallway 2. Look for the banner for your major. Line-up lists are posted on the wall. The list shows the line up order. A column leader for each major will be at the head of the line followed by the graduates lined up in alphabetical order—ready for the processional at noon.

After your name is called and you cross the stage, you’ll be directed to the hallway behind the stage where you’ll sign a receipt card in exchange for your diploma. Then, you’ll return to the auditorium for the remainder of the ceremony entering once again through the main doors and returning to a seat in your section. You do not have to return to exactly the same seat – any seat in your section will do. If you are actually graduating in August and are just participating in May, you won’t receive your diploma at this time and will just head straight back to the auditorium.

A professional photographer will take a picture of you as you receive your diploma on stage. A second photographer will be stationed in Hallway 1 and will take a picture of you after you’ve picked up your actual diploma and are on your way back to the auditorium. You will receive an email from the photographer containing information on how to access and review the graduation photos and place an order. This year our contract is with Empire Photography, (608) 257-2969,

Caps & Gowns:
Graduates receiving B.A. degrees keep all academic apparel. Graduates receiving M.A. degrees return all academic apparel (except tassel) to boxes in the back hallway behind the stage immediately following the end of the graduation ceremony.

If you have any questions regarding University or Diederich College of Communication commencement/graduation events, we hope you'll find the following information useful:

University Special Events (414) 288-7431 Commencement/Apparel
University Ministry (414) 288-6873 Baccalaureate Mass
Office of Student Development (414) 288-7205 Senior Week
Office of the Registrar (414) 288-4000 Diplomas

College of Communication
Dean's Office, Donna Turben (414) 288-7133 College Graduation
Records Office, Steve Repati (414) 288-7702 Tickets & Special Need

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