About the Ceremonies

Your academic achievement, celebrated by thousands

Commencement is a public celebration and recognition of your accomplishments at Indiana University. Whether you are earning a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree, Commencement means you are joining a group of approximately 700,000 IU alumni around the world.

IU Bloomington holds three Commencement ceremonies each year—two in May and one in December. There is no summer ceremony.

Determine your eligibility

Candidates completing degree requirements between January 1 and August 31 are invited to participate in Spring Commencement. Candidates for all master’s, doctorate, and specialist degrees; Ph.D.’s; artist diplomas; and performer diplomas should attend the graduate ceremony. Candidates for all associate and bachelor’s degrees should attend the undergraduate ceremony.

Candidates who have completed degree requirements between September 1 and December 31 are invited to participate in the Winter Commencement ceremony. There is no summer ceremony.

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Commencement venues

The outside of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Spring graduate ceremony and winter ceremony

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is home to the Indiana Hoosiers men’s and women’s basketball teams. The 17,222-seat arena includes a new glass atrium, allowing guests to see the court from the lobby, and HD video screens that greatly improve the view for guests in balcony seating.

Graduating students filing into Memorial Stadium

Memorial Stadium

Spring undergraduate ceremony

Memorial Stadium, also known as “The Rock,” is the home field of the Indiana Hoosiers football team. It has a capacity of 52,929 with aluminum bleachers and a state-of-the-art sound system. Outdoor ceremonies held at Memorial Stadium are moved indoors only under severe weather conditions.

Graduation checklist

A graduating student hugs another person.

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