From Provost Ah Yun: University exploring in-person Commencement event, May 23

Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work and study, an important milestone that deserves to be celebrated with family and friends. This important rite of passage marks the moment when Marquette educated students do as St. Ignatius of Loyola asked: “Go forth and set the world on fire.”

With the recent announcement that the university is planning for an in-person experience this fall, we know questions remain about Commencement 2021. We as a university want to celebrate in a way that is befitting such an occasion.

Recent agreements by the City of Milwaukee to allow larger in-person gatherings at local venues give us hope that there is a path forward to honor our students with an in-person commencement event. We still have a lot of work to do, but we wanted you to know that we are actively exploring the possibility of an in-person event on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

University leaders are monitoring public health orders, consulting with medical experts and evaluating potential outdoor spaces to hold such an event if conditions allow. Students should watch for an email from University Special Events for additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your patience during these uncertain times. We are grateful that you continue to give us your full support. Final plans will be shared with the Marquette community in the next several weeks. Please watch Marquette Today or visit the Commencement website for updates.


Dr. Kimo Ah Yun