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Bloomington Commencement Feature

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The May 2017 Graduate Commencement Handbook is available for download.

Hooding of Doctoral Candidates at Graduate Commencement in May

Doctoral candidates who are being hooded are responsible for arranging with their faculty mentors to meet them at Gladstein Fieldhouse, 1001 E. 17th Street, directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (where Commencement takes place) for robing and lineup. Both students and their faculty mentors are instructed to arrive for robing and lineup by 1 p.m.. on Friday, May 5.

Read This Before Booking Your Hotel

Almost all May graduates take part in two events: their school’s recognition ceremony and formal Commencement exercises. In many cases, the recognition celebration is on one day and Commencement on another. You will want to take this into account when making travel plans and booking accommodations for Commencement weekend.

All About the Ceremonies

Spring 2017 Grad Ceremony

Details for the Big Day

The Commencement Speaker

This year's Graduate Commencement speaker will be Pauline Yu.

The Schedule, Friday, May 5, 2017

Graduates report for lineup in Gladstein Fieldhouse, 1001 E. 17th Street in Bloomington, by 1 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Gladstein Fieldhouse is directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, which is the site of the ceremony.

Meanwhile, family members and friends of graduates enter Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, where uniformed ushers will provide assistance with seating. Please wait until your party is complete before being seated. Saving of seats is not allowed in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

During lineup, graduates are directed to their specific school locations (designated by bright red banners, such as “Education” and “Business”) to form the processions, which begin at 1:45 p.m.

Graduates should not bring umbrellas, briefcases, or any other personal items, as they cannot be stored.

Graduate seating in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is arranged by school and occupies much of the floor space there. Students do not line up alphabetically, which means that a grad may wind up anywhere in a school section. Maps will be provided to indicate where graduates from each school are seated.

Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and it 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.

Uniformed ushers will be stationed throughout the building to direct all guests to the best possible seats. Given the size of the Commencement audience (more than 8,000), large parties are not allowed to save seats. Instead, we ask groups to gather outside and then come in together, asking an usher to help.

What to Wear and What to Bring

Business or business-casual attire is appropriate on Commencement day, and degree candidates are asked to wait until they arrive at lineup before putting on caps and gowns. Only students in appropriate academic apparel will be allowed to process in. The Commencement Committee requests your help in upholding the dignity and tradition of the ceremony by avoiding any action that may be distracting or inappropriate. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall; anyone found to be carrying alcoholic beverages will be escorted from the premises. All degree candidates in attendance are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.

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