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Bloomington Commencement Feature

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

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The Commencement Handbook for December 2016 will be available in the Fall 2016 semester. For general information, download the December 2015 Commencement Handbook.

All About the Ceremonies

Winter 2016 Ceremony

General Information

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 2016 Winter Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016, in 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 2016 December Commencement are now closed.

If you will be participating in the 2016 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 will be available for purchase at Fall 2016 GradFair and 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.

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