Indiana University is planning in-person, outdoor May Commencement ceremonies at all of its campuses for both 2020 and 2021 undergraduate and graduate students, in accordance with its COVID-19 policies. In-person attendance at the ceremonies will be limited to graduates only. Those who cannot attend the live event and family and friends are invited to attend Commencement virtually. In addition to spring 2021 graduates, members of the Class of 2020 are also invited to participate in the ceremonies.
Each campus ceremony is being planned in consultation with county health departments and IU's Medical Response Team, which has led the university's comprehensive public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic for almost a year.
Find answers to your Commencement questions in the below FAQ:
IU Bloomington:Graduate ceremony May 7, 10 a.m.; undergraduate ceremony May 8, 10 a.m.
IU Southeast:May 10, 10 a.m.
IU Kokomo:May 11, 10 a.m.
IU South Bend:May 12, 10 a.m.
IU Northwest:May 13, 10 a.m.
IU East:May 14, 10 a.m.
IUPUI:Graduate ceremony May 15, 10 a.m.; undergraduate ceremony May 15, 3 p.m.
IUPUC Commencement Celebration: May 13, 11 a.m.
IUB - Graduate
701 E. 17th Street 47408
IUB - Undergraduate
701 E. 17th Street 47408
Caesars Amphitheater on campus at IUS
4201 Grant Line Rd, New Albany, IN 47150
IU Kokomo Pavilion
Pavilion, Rebecca St, Kokomo, IN 46902
IU South Bend
Student Activities Center Parking Lot
Vine Street, South Bend, IN 46615
Savannah Center Parking Lot
3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408
Whitewater Parking Lot
Whitewater Parking Lot (NW of The Den)
IUPUI - Undergraduate
1001 West New York Street 46202
IUPUI - Graduate
1001 West New York Street 46202
IUPUC Entrance #3 Parking Lot
4601 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN 47203
Graduates are invited to join virtually and celebrate from wherever they are.
If you're outside of the U.S., we welcome you and your loved ones to enjoy the celebration virtually. Should you wish to travel to the U.S. solely for the purpose of attending Commencement and you need to apply for a tourist visa, there are several important factors to consider:
Many U.S. Consulates and Embassies worldwide have been closed, or remain closed due to the pandemic. Because of that, visa wait times for tourists may be very long.
To apply for a tourist visa, we suggest that you carry evidence of your intention to attend Commencement (obtained on the IU commencement website by ordering a free ticket for the program), as well as standard documents required for a tourist visa (including, but not limited to your itinerary, evidence of financial support, documentation your residence abroad). The Consulate in your region will have further details.
Like all graduates, you will be subject to all vaccine or COVID-19 testing requirements.
All guests, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, are invited to celebrate Commencement virtually. The best way to ensure a safe, in-person Commencement celebration for our graduates is to operate within the same, controlled environment that has allowed IU to safely keep its campuses open since the fall.
Commencement is a cause for celebration, and we understand family and friends want to share in the excitement. Inviting guests to join virtually is the best way to allow a safe, in-person Commencement experience for our graduates.
The safety and well-being of the IU community led this decision. It was made in close consultation with our Medical Response Team, which has guided IU's successful COVID-19 response for the past year.CDC guidelines recommend people avoid travel because of the continued pandemic across the U.S. and globe. Each IU campus is making its Commencement plans in coordination with county health departments, and restrictions on events and gatherings vary based on community. IU has been able to successfully manage COVID-19 cases and avoid large outbreaks through routine testing on all of its campuses, allowing us to keep our campuses open safely while some other universities had to suspend classes. Limiting in-person ceremonies to graduates only allows IU to use its proven public health strategy to ensure a safe commencement celebration.
Even if infection rates in communities across Indiana decline, large gatherings on campuses increase the risk of infection for everyone. IU's campuses have been among the safest places in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic because of our robust mitigation testing program, which helps us quickly identify and address any increase in cases among students, faculty and staff. The best way to ensure a safe, in-person commencement celebration for our graduates is to operate within the same, controlled environment that has allowed IU to safely keep its campuses open since the fall.
Only graduates will be permitted to enter the Commencement venues. Tailgating, camping and accompanying graduates to the ceremony site is prohibited. To help ensure everyone's safety, travel to IU campuses by graduates' family and friends is strongly discouraged.
The only in-person Commencement activities will be the official campus ceremony for graduates. All other recognition events will be held virtually.
Families are invited to watch the ceremony live on IU's Commencement website. If guests are unable to watch the live stream, a recorded version of the ceremony will be available at the same site hours after the conclusion of each ceremony.
All decisions about events on IU's campuses are based on recommendations from our Medical Response Team. IU will only allow up to 500 spectators for games played at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. This includes immediate family members of participating players and staff, and a limited number of seats for vaccinated medical personnel and first responders in Monroe County.
IUPUI hosts its home games at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum through an agreement with the Indiana State Fair, which operates the venue and worked directly with the NCAA to determine the capacity for spectators at the tournament.
Commencement ceremonies involve thousands of graduates alone. The scale of these events makes hosting in-person ceremonies for graduates only, while guests join virtually, the best way to ensure the safety of our students and campuses. Travel to IU's campuses is strongly discouraged to minimize the risks of COVID-19.
Planning ceremonies for early in the day gives us more flexibility in the event of severe weather.
IU makes all decisions in consultation with its Medical Response Team. In addition to limiting in-person ceremonies to only graduates, those who participate will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing. All IU public safety protocols, including wearing a mask and physically distancing, must be followed during Commencement.
All graduates who attend in-person Commencement, including those who've been vaccinated, must practice physical distancing and wear a mask. As with all vaccines, being vaccinated does not provide 100% perfect protection. Additionally, it is not yet known exactly how long COVID-19 vaccine protection lasts. This means that even once you are vaccinated, you could still be capable of spreading the virus to others.
IU is continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and all plans are subject to change based on the public health outlook in each community. The university is committed to keeping its campuses safe, and will communicate directly with graduates if plans change.
All graduates must have two negative COVID-19 tests on file with the university in order to attend Commencement. The first required test must be completed within 3-6 days of your Commencement date and can be completed outside of IU, which you will then need to report to us. However, the second required test must be completed 1-2 days before your Commencement date and must be an IU saliva test at the campus in which you are attending Commencement. You will have these results back to you before the morning of your ceremony.
For the first test, past graduates who are not currently affiliated with Indiana University must seek a COVID-19 test themselves and submit their negative test results online. Past graduates may not test at an Indiana University mitigation site for the first test.
All graduates, regardless of affiliation, are required to provide a second test at their graduating campus’s mitigation site. Hours and locations will be shared with ticketholders soon.
Faculty and staff participating in Commencement will follow the same testing protocols.
All graduates must have two negative COVID-19 tests on file with the university in order to attend Commencement. 2020 graduates and others who aren't in the vicinity of an IU testing location can submit a result from a non-IU lab for their first test, but must complete a negative test at an IU testing site the day before the Commencement ceremony. The window for completing each test is dependent on what ceremony you are attending:
Saturday, May 8
Friday, May 7
May 2- May 5
May 1- May 4
May 6 - May 7
May 5- May 6
Monday, May 10
May 8 - May 9
May 9 - May 10
Tuesday, May 11
May 5 - May 8
May 9 - May 10
Wednesday, May 12
May 6 - May 9
May 10 - May 11
Thursday, May 13
May 7 - May 10
May 11 - May 12
Friday, May 14
May 8 - May 11
May 12 - May 13
Saturday, May 15
Saturday, May 15
May 9 - May 12
May 9 - May 12
May 13 - May 14
May 13 - May 14
More information about where to get tested, and how to submit non-IU test results, will be shared in the coming weeks.
Students who have submitted a sample or have scheduling questions regarding a sample should email C19@IU.EDU
If your test result comes back as a positive sample, your ticket will be cancelled and you will be invited to watch the live stream of your campus ceremony. Please be sure to follow all CDC guidance for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
Consistent with IU's mitigation testing procedures, if you've reported your COVID-19 vaccination to IU and you receive your final dose at least two weeks prior to your graduation ceremony, you will be excluded from pre-Commencement COVID-19 testing.
Currently enrolled IU students, faculty, and staff should report their vaccination status through one.iu.edu and the COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form found there
Returning graduates planning to attend Commencement must confirm their vaccination status using a special form.
Everyone for whom the vaccines are currently authorized is now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana. The more people we get vaccinated, the better our chances of keeping everyone we love safe. Not to mention getting back to the things we love. COVID-19 vaccines are the best protection we have against the virus, so take your shot now.
Graduates should expect additional information about testing and exemption forms to be emailed mid-April.
One ticket per graduate.
Tickets are free for all ceremonies.
We encourage graduates to reserve a ticket as soon as they know they plan to attend Commencement. Ticket reservations must be made at least seven days before your campus' ceremony.
All ceremonies are general admission and graduates will be directed to seats when they arrive. We are unable to guarantee a student may sit next to someone of his/her preference.
For graduate ceremonies at IU Bloomington and IUPUI, students will indicate if they are receiving their master’s or doctoral degree. Students will sit in designated areas based on the degree they are earning. Doctoral degree graduates will be seated by degree-granting school.
Master’s and undergraduate students at all campuses will be randomly assigned seats and will not be seated next to their school colleagues.
Your ticket indicates the time you are to arrive to the ceremony location.
Please visit go.iu.edu/tassel and reserve a ticket for your campus Commencement. For those graduating in Spring and Summer 2021, please check with your school recorder on your graduation status.
You will receive an email invitation to claim your ticket from Indiana University.
To ensure the health and safety of our campuses and communities, graduates are invited to attend Commencement in person, while guests can join the celebrations online. The ceremony will be streamed live on the Commencement website, and will also be available to watch after the event.
Order directly from Herff Jones, IU’s licensed Commencement vendor, herff.ly/iu.
All 2020 graduates who ordered and paid for official caps, tassels, gowns, hoods, and stoles will receive the complimentary use of gowns (and hoods if you earned a graduate degree) to wear at Commencement. Bring your cap, tassel (and stole if you earned an undergraduate degree). You will be contacted by Herff Jones before Commencement to arrange the use of complementary apparel.