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Bloomington Commencement Feature


The Graduate Commencement Handbook is available here for download. Also downloadable is a seating map, which is helpful for spotting grads and family members.

May 2013 Graduate Commencement Handbook

May 2013 Graduate Commencement Seating Map

No Tickets, No Reserved Seats, Free Parking

Commencement is free and open to the public. There are no tickets and no reserved seats. Parking is free.

Live and Recorded Commencement Broadcasts

All Commencement ceremonies are broadcast live via streaming video at In addition, videos of past Commencement ceremonies are archived on the site.

All About the Ceremonies

Spring 2013 Grad Ceremony

General Information

New York Times columnist David Brooks will be the Commencement speaker.

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 and will conclude at about 5:30 p.m. It will be held in Assembly Hall, 1001 E. 17th Street.

Note: The Maurer School of Law holds a separate ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Call (812) 855-4809 for more information.

Eligibility to Graduate

You are eligible to graduate at the 2013 May Commencement if you are a candidate for a graduate degree who has completed all requirements for graduation by May 2013 or who will complete them by August 2013.

Candidates completing degree requirements between September 1 and December 31 participate in the December ceremony. There is no summer ceremony.

Invitations and Announcements

Printed invitations will be mailed in mid-March after Spring Break.

Customized graduation announcements are available for purchase at scheduled Grad Fairs in the spring and the fall, and online at Herff Jones, the university's authorized Commencement vendor. Announcements include the student's name and the title of his or her degree, the titles of the major(s) and where applicable, the minor(s), and whether the student has qualified for honors. Announcements can be ordered at any time; please allow 10 to 14 days for printing and delivery.

Online orders are not currently open.

Students who do not pre-order their rental apparel by March 29, may do so on a first-come, first-served basis during distribution week, but pre-ordering is recommended to save money and time. Complete information is available in the Caps and Gowns section.

Graduate students who are planning on working in the field of higher education may wish to consider buying their own regalia. Custom apparel is available for purchase from Herff Jones.

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