Graduate Ceremony

Spring ceremony for graduate students

The 2022 IU Bloomington Graduate Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 6 at 3 p.m. in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

All candidates for degrees must wear custom IU apparel at Commencement. Students rent their gowns and return them in the mailer provided by Herff Jones after the ceremony. Graduates keep their caps and tassels.

Determine your eligibility

Candidates who have completed degree requirements between September 1 and December 31 are invited to participate in the Winter Commencement ceremony. If you have questions regarding your eligiblity to graduate, please contact your school recorder.

Will your name be printed in the program?

Students who complete all requirements and apply to graduate by their programs’ stated deadlines will have their names printed in the Commencement program. If you’re not sure if you met that deadline, please contact the recorder’s office in your school. If your name has changed since you became an IU student, please contact the Commencement team at to notify us no later than Monday, April 11.

What time to arrive on May 6 (and where)

1 p.m.: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall opens to guests. Friends and family should proceed to the seating area.

All graduates should report for lineup in Gladstein Fieldhouse, 1101 E. 17th Street, directly southeast of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, no later than 1 p.m. During lineup, graduates are directed to their specific school locations, designated by bright red banners, to form the processions.

Faculty must also arrive by this time. If you are a faculty member and will be hooding a doctoral candidate, please meet up with that student in Gladstein Fieldhouse so that you can walk together in the processional.

1 p.m.: Guests proceed into Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

1:45 p.m.: Procession of graduates begins.

3 p.m.: Ceremony begins. The ceremony includes the procession of the platform party, a Commencement speaker and student address, induction of the graduates into the IU Alumni Association, and the conferral of the degrees. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.

4:30 p.m.: After the ceremony, graduates can wait for family and friends at Gladstein Fieldhouse. If possible, designate a meeting location in or near the fieldhouse.

Finding your place in the processional

Graduates are directed to their specific school locations (designated by bright red banners, such as “Education” and “Music”) to form the procession, which begins at 1:45 p.m.


Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and fills Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Indiana University Bloomington is proud of the fact that it does not limit the number of guests a student may invite to Commencement, and we ask for everyone’s help in maintaining this tradition.

Special seating is available for guests in wheelchairs and with limited mobility. Check ADA accommodations to learn more.

Uniformed ushers will be stationed throughout the building to direct all guests to the best possible seats. Given the size of the Commencement audience, parties are not allowed to save seats. Instead, we ask groups to gather outside and then come in together, and ask an usher to help them find seats.

Graduate seating is arranged by school and occupies the floor and some of the stands in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Students do not line up alphabetically, and they process in through multiple doors, which means a grad may wind up anywhere in a school section.

During the ceremony

Commencement is rich in tradition and pageantry. The ceremony includes a Commencement speaker, remarks from President Whitten and the Provost, the conferral of degrees and induction into the Indiana University Alumni Association. During the conferral of degrees, candidates for all undergraduate and master’s degrees stand and are recognized together by their school deans. Names are not announced individually. Candidates for Ph.D.'s and other doctorates will be introduced and hooded on the floor in front of the stage.

Degrees being conferred

  • All bachelor’s degrees
  • All associate degrees
  • All master’s degrees
  • All specialist degrees
  • All Ph.D.’s
  • Performer diplomas
  • Artist diplomas
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Music
  • Doctor of Music Education
  • Doctor of Optometry

If possible, family and friends are encouraged to contact their graduates before the procession to designate a meeting place outside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall after the ceremony.

Graduates must return apparel in the mailer provided by Herff Jones. Failure to return apparel may result in a fine.

Diploma covers and diplomas

Graduates receive handsome diploma covers during the ceremony. If graduates do not attend the ceremony, they can purchase diploma covers at the IU Bookstore. Whether you attend Commencement or not, your diploma will be mailed to your STUDENT HOME address (as specified in 8 to 12 weeks after your degree completion is verified.

Commencement Day Reminders: for graduates

  • Do not bring umbrellas, briefcases, or any other personal items, as they cannot be stored during Commencement.
  • Wear business or business-casual attire with comfortable—though formal—footwear.
  • Wait until you arrive at lineup to put on your cap and gown.
  • All degree candidates in attendance are expected to stay for the entire ceremony.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted at Commencement.
  • After the ceremony, please remember to return your apparel (except for caps and undergraduate stoles) in the postage paid packaging provided by Herff Jones.

Commencement Day Reminders: for guests

  • Guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Come early for the best seat.
  • Given the size of the Commencement audience, large parties are not allowed to save seats. Instead, we ask groups to gather outside and come in together, asking an usher to help find group seating.
  • Because of the large number of participating graduates, we are unable to introduce each graduate by name. Recipients of Ph.D.'s and other doctorates will be introduced by name.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted at Commencement.
  • Surprise your graduate with flowers by pre-ordering a bouquet that will be ready when you arrive at Commencement.
  • Check out special offers and pre-order a photo package of your graduate. After graduation, view the graduation portraits taken by GradImages.

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

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