The May 2017 Graduate Commencement Handbook is available for download.
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.
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.
All About the Ceremonies
Spring 2017 Grad Ceremony
The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, 1001 E. 17th Street in Bloomington. (Note: The Maurer School of Law holds a separate ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Call (812) 855-4809 for more information.)
Eligibility to Graduate
You are eligible to graduate at the 2017 May Commencement if you are a candidate for a graduate degree who has completed all requirements for graduation by May 2017 or who will complete them by August 2017.
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 are mailed in mid-March after Spring Break.
Customized graduation announcements are available for purchase at Grad Fair 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 cap and gown orders
Students who do not pre-order their rental apparel by late March 2017 may do so on a first-come, first-served basis during distribution week, but pre-ordering is recommended to save money and time. Find more information about apparel 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.