Parking is available for free in all lots surrounding Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the day. Accessible parking for graduates or guests with ADA hangtags or license plates is available in the blue lot off of 17th Street.
All seating will be located on the west side of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Tickets are not issued for Commencement, and graduates can bring as many guests as they wish. Guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis in sections not reserved for graduates. Ushers will be stationed throughout the building to direct guests to the best possible seats.
Accessible seating is available for guests in wheelchairs and with limited mobility. See the accessibility accommodations page for more information.
Graduate seating is arranged by school and occupies the floor and some of the stands in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Graduates do not line up alphabetically so they may be seated anywhere within a school’s section.
Graduates will meet in Gladstein Fieldhouse (directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall) no later than 8 a.m. During lineup, graduates will be directed to their specific school locations, designated by bright red banners.
Faculty must also arrive by 8 a.m. Faculty who are hooding a doctoral candidate should meet up with that student so they can walk together in the processional.
Full of pageantry and traditions, Commencement is the grand culmination of your college journey—and it is an experience you’ll remember and cherish! The ceremony includes a Commencement speaker, remarks from President Whitten and the provost, a student speaker, induction into the Indiana University Alumni Association, and the conferral of degrees.
During the conferral of degrees, candidates for all undergraduate and master’s degrees are recognized together by their school deans. Because of the large number of graduates, individual names (other than Ph.D. and doctorate candidates) are not announced. Consider also attending your school’s recognition event for a more focused program.
Candidates for Ph.D.’s and doctorate degrees will be introduced individually and hooded on the floor in front of the stage.
Remember, all graduates participating in Commencement will receive a lovely Indiana University diploma cover at the ceremony. Your diploma will be mailed to your home address at a later date.
Students who complete all requirements and apply to graduate by their programs’ stated deadlines will have their names printed in the Commencement program. Programs will be provided at the ceremony or you can download a program.
If you are not sure if you met your program’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us not later than Monday, November 22.
Graduates will be part of a recession back to Gladstein Fieldhouse and should coordinate a meeting place with family and friends in or near the fieldhouse. Photo backdrops will be available in the fieldhouse to take pictures.
Graduates must return their apparel in the mailer provided by Herff Jones. Failure to return apparel may result in a fine, so do not skip this important step. Caps, tassels, cords, and stoles of gratitude (for undergraduate degrees) do not need to be returned; keep them as mementos of this exciting day!