Congratulations, Madonna University Graduates!

Madonna University is excited to welcome our guests to the 73rd and 74th Commencement Ceremonies!  Madonna University will follow all state and local health department guidelines in place at the time of the event to ensure the safety of our graduates, faculty and staff, and guests. The Madonna’s Cares: Campus Reopening Plan remains in effect.


The ceremonies will be held outdoors, even if there is light rain.  Rain ponchos will be available.  If a threat or existence of a thunderstorm or lightning cancels a ceremony, graduates will be invited to attend one of the other ceremonies that weekend as capacity allows. In the event of cancellation, graduates will receive updated information about tickets, capacity, and event details.


Commencement is a ticketed event. No entry will be permitted without a ticket. All people are required to have a ticket, including babies and children. Each graduate will receive the number of tickets they requested (maximum of 6 tickets per graduate) and will be required to identify the attendees. These limitations on tickets are to ensure all graduates may share this event with their family and friends, as well as ensure a safe event for all in attendance. Our anticipated attendance for these events will be 600-900 people. If you or your guests feel uncomfortable attending this event, please join us virtually. Our Commencement will be livestreamed on our website.


In order to comply with the COVID-19 protocols, please read and agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • All event attendees (including children) must complete a COVID-19 screening form the day of the event at https://desktop.returnsafe.com/code/madonnauniversity. Please be prepared to show your completed form at the ticket
  • When you arrive, you must present your ticket and confirmation of a completed COVID- 19 screening
  • All attendees coming to campus will be required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose at all times and to maintain 6-foot physical distance. This CDC video shows how to properly wear a mask: 

  • Anyone failing to comply will not be permitted access to the ceremony or will be required to leave. A limited number of disposable masks will be available on site should you need a replacement.
  • If there is exposure to COVID-19 at your event, every attempt will be made to contact attendees by the Campus Health Officer.


Seating and Safety Measures:

  • Guests will be able to enter the venue 60 minutes before the start of the ceremony; no earlier.
  • Chairs will be placed six feet apart for social distancing. Please refrain from saving and/or moving seats.
  • Please do not congregate or intermingle in common areas, and please follow all posted signage and seating recommendations.
  • All common spaces, including Porta-johns, will be sanitized and disinfected prior to and after each
  • Complimentary water stations will be available and staffed by Dining Services team member who will be wearing a mask and gloves, and serving individual cups. Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
  • Please be aware that the folding chairs at Commencement will be sitting on uneven ground, which could compromise the stability of the chairs, rated for 250 lbs. If you have the need for a more stable seating arrangement, please contact us prior to Commencement at events@madonna.edu


While our intent is to hold these events, if circumstances arise that lead to a delay, postponement, or cancellation, we will promptly inform you about any adjustments. For more information about Madonna University graduation activities, please visit madonna.edu/graduation.