Seating for December Commencement
For a general idea of Commencement seating, download this December 2016 seating map.
The 2017 December Commencement Handbook will be available for download in the fall of 2017. Check the December 2016 Commencement Handbook for reference.
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.
All About the Ceremonies
Winter 2017 Ceremony
December Commencement exercises are open to candidates for graduate and undergraduate degrees. All IU Bloomington schools that have December graduates are eligible to participate. The ceremony typically runs 90 minutes and includes the procession of degree candidates, an address by a Commencement speaker, induction into the IU Alumni Association, the hooding of Ph.D. and doctoral candidates, and the conferral of degrees.
The 2017 Winter Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, 1001 E. 17th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending about 11:30 a.m. For more information about the schedule, see Details for the Big Day.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
Undergraduate students who have completed the requirements for graduation between September 1 and December 31
Graduate students who have completed University Graduate School requirements between September 1 and December 31
All degree candidates (both graduate and undergraduate students) participate in the single December ceremony. Students who complete degree requirements between January 1 and August 31 participate in May Commencement. There is no summer ceremony.
Online cap and gown orders for 2017 December Commencement will open in September.
If you will be participating in the 2017 December Commencement, we recommend that you order your cap and gown during the fall online ordering period. Graduates who do not pre-order apparel online may still rent a cap and gown during distribution week. Complete information is available in the Caps and Gowns section.
Invitations and Announcements
Printed invitations for December Commencement are mailed to permanent addresses in November, and students receive an e-mail message confirming that invitations have been sent.
Customized graduation announcements are available for purchase online at Herff Jones. Announcements include the student's name and the title of his or her degree, major(s) and 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.