Graduate Ceremony

Spring ceremony for graduates

The Spring Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 4, 2018, at 3 p.m. in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, 1001 E. 17th Street in Bloomington.

You do not need tickets, and there are no reserved seats. You may invite as many guests as you wish.

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.

Degrees being conferred

  • All master’s degrees
  • All Ph.D.’s
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Music
  • Doctor of Music Education
  • Doctor of Optometry
  • Performer Diplomas
  • Artist Diplomas
  • Specialist in Education Degrees
  • Specialist in Library Science Degrees

Note: The Maurer School of Law holds a separate ceremony for graduate degree candidates on Saturday, May 5, 2018. For more information, call 812-855-4809.

Schedule

1 p.m. Graduates report for lineup in Gladstein Fieldhouse, 1001 E. 17th Street, in the building directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. During lineup, graduates are directed to their specific school locations, designated by bright red banners, to form the processions.

Doctoral candidates who are being hooded are responsible for arranging with their faculty mentors to meet them at Gladstein Fieldhouse for robing and lineup. Both students and their faculty mentors must arrive for robing and lineup by 1 p.m.

At this time, family and friends of graduates may enter Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, where uniformed ushers will help them find seats. Please wait until your party is complete before being seated. Saving seats is not allowed in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

1:45 p.m. School processions begin.

3 p.m. Main ceremony begins. The main 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.

Where to sit

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Audiences can enter from the north or south gates. Audience seating is from row one upward. There is additional audience seating in the balcony. There are two emergency exits on the east and west sides of the hall.

The stage is at the north end of the floor, facing south. The procession enters from the south. Graduates sit on the floor of the hall, facing the stage. Students from business, public health, music, medicine, education, arts and sciences, media, global and international studies, and art and design sit on the west side of the floor. Ph.D.s, doctorates, and optometry students sit on the east side of the stage. Overflow student seating for the business school is between section C and D, rows one through 25 on the west side of the stage. Public and environmental affairs and informatics students sit between sections J and K, rows one through 25 on the east side of the hall.

Faculty site between sections B and C, rows one through 25 on the west side of the hall.

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Seating map of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Guest seating

Guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Ushers will be stationed throughout the building to direct all guests to the best possible seats.

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

Graduate seating

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. They process through a number of doors, which means that a graduate may wind up anywhere within a school’s section.

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.

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.

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

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