Graduate Ceremony

2021 Commencement Update

The time has come to reserve your ticket for Commencement. In accordance with its COVID-19 protocols, Indiana University is planning in-person May Commencement ceremonies at all of its campuses for graduates only. More details for attending Commencement will be shared soon. Family and friends may join the celebration virtually at

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Spring ceremony for graduate students

The 2021 IU Bloomington Graduate Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in Memorial Stadium.

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. Rental of May 2021 Commencement apparel is now open.

Order Apparel

If you are a 2020 graduate who would like to take part in the 2021 Commencement, you are encouraged to do so. Gowns for 2020 graduates who rented and returned gowns in 2020 will be available rent-free for May 7.

During the ceremony

Commencement is rich in tradition and pageantry. The ceremony includes a Commencement speaker and the conferral of degrees.

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.

After the ceremony

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

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