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 more than 700,000 IU alumni around the world.

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

Determine your eligibility

If you have earned or will be earning any degree from IU Bloomington at any time during the 2020 calendar year, you are eligible to participate in an online Commencement ceremony that will be held on Saturday, December 19, at 5 p.m. EST. A link to the ceremony will be provided to you via both printed and email invitations during the fall 2020 semester. Graduates, we hope you and your family and friends will join us for this official occasion, at which your degree will be formally conferred.



Printed invitations for Commencement are mailed to permanent home addresses on file with the registrar about six weeks before the ceremonies (November in the fall, and March in the spring).

At the same time, emails are sent to all students informing them that the invitations have been sent to their homes. One of the best ways to make sure you receive all mailings is to apply for graduation.

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Commencement venues

The outside of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Spring graduate 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.

Questions? We are committed to making Commencement a memorable day for you and your guests.

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