Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I get my cap, gown, tassel and announcements?
You will receive a flyer from Herff Jones, Inc., that will have information for ordering your cap, gown, and announcements. In addition to academic regalia, university class rings will also be available for purchase.
All graduates must rent a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. If you do not receive the flyer or need a replacement, call the IU Kokomo Office of Alumni Relations at (765) 455-9411. You may place your order during Grad Fair, March 6 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. and March 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall. You may order online through March 14 to take advantage of earlyorder pricing. All orders must be received by March 21. If you can not make it to the Grad Fair, please go to www.herffjones.com/college/iu
You will pick up your cap and gown in Alumni Hall, April 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. You will return your rental unit on campus following the Commencement ceremony in room 114 in the Kelley Student Center (room is off of the food court).
What about academic distinction cords?
Academic distinction cords awarded by the university will be presented to graduates on Commencement day by the faculty marshal of each division. Only academic distinction cords awarded for academic achievement may be worn during the ceremony.
Indiana University candidates who have tentatively earned academic distinction in general scholarship are distinguished by fourragéres, which are looped cords worn from the left shoulder. Fourragéres with cream and crimson cords indicate highest distinction; those with all cream cords indicate high distinction; and those with all crimson cords indicate distinction.
Fourragéres, pins, medallions, etc., awarded by honoraries or societies that do not recognize academic achievement may not be worn during the ceremony.
Where is the commencement rehearsal?
Friday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, a 30-minute rehearsal of the Commencement ceremony is scheduled. The details of the event are outlined and questions answered. Attendance for the rehearsal is not required. On May 9, immediately following Commencement rehearsal, we will have a reception to welcome all December 2013 and May and August 2014 graduates to the IU Alumni Association. Join us for an evening of music and fun! To make your reservations, go online to www.myiuaa.com/iuk-commencement.
Where is the ceremony?
The Commencement ceremony will be held at the IU Kokomo Pavilion on the east side of Virgil and Elizabeth Hunt Hall. Commencement seating will be in the Hunt Hall parking lot. Plan to park in other campus lots. If the ceremony is moved inside, it will take place in Havens Auditorium. The ceremony lasts about 90 minutes.
Immediately following the Commencement ceremony, join fellow graduates, family members, faculty, and staff for a reception in Alumni Hall.
Do I need tickets for seating?
The ceremony is outside with plenty of seating open to everyone except for those seats reserved for graduates and faculty. No tickets are needed for the outside ceremony.
What if it rains?
Should inclement weather force us to move the ceremony inside, there will be two ceremonies; the first will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in Havens Auditorium.
The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will include: School of Nursing, Division of Allied Health and School of Education. Graduates in those schools and divisions should report to your assigned classroom for robing at 9:30 a.m.
The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will include: School of Sciences, School of Business and School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Graduates in those schools and divisions should report to your assigned classroom for robing at 12:30 p.m.
Seating in Havens Auditorium is limited. When you pick up your cap and gown on April 15 & 16, you will receive tickets that will be used for admission to the ceremony in Havens Auditorium. The number of tickets you receive will be determined by the number of degree candidates participating in the Commencement ceremony.
If the ceremony should be moved indoors, radio and television stations in the area will be notified as early as possible on May 13. Tune to the following stations for information or visit www.iuk.edu and check "breaking news."
- WIBC (1070 AM); WTPI (107.9 FM); WISH-TV Channel 8; WRTV-Channel 6; WTHR Channel 13; Fox 59
- WIOU (1350 AM); WZWZ (92.5 FM); WWKI (100.5 FM); WMYK (98.5 FM)
- WLFI-TV Channel 18
- WSAL (1230 AM); WLHM (102.3 FM); WHZR (103 FM)
- WMRI (106.9 FM); WGOM (860 AM); WBAT (1400 AM); WCJC (99.3 FM)
Seating and Parking For The Physically Challenged
If you or a guest have special needs for commencement parking, please contact IU Kokomo campus police at (765) 455-9432. For special needs seating please contact Tara Scott at (765) 455-9449. Arrangements should be made at least one week prior to the ceremony.
Where can I get my diploma and photos?
The Office of the Registrar will notify you when your diploma will be available. August graduates will not receive their diplomas until all academic requirements have been completed.
During the ceremony, you will receive congratulations from IU Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. A professional photographer will capture this important moment in a photo. The photographer will contact you about obtaining a proof of the photo and ordering information a few weeks after Commencement.
IU Diploma Frames
Display your diploma with pride in a walnut frame with a crimson matte and the IU seal embossed in gold. Purchase your frame online at www.myiuaa.com/iuk-commencement. The price is $60 and must be picked up in the Office of Alumni Relations in the Main Building rm 127. No Shipping Available.
If you have any questions, please call the IU Kokomo Office of Alumni Relations, (765) 455-9411 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that I'm an alumni, how can I stay in touch?
IU Kokomo graduates may enroll for a free one-year membership in the Indiana University Alumni Association. Membership benefits include a subscription to the Indiana Alumni Magazine (six issues per year), access to CareerBeam.com, discount-priced IU merchandise offerings, IUAA’s educational travel, group insurance, and credit card. For a complete listing of member benefits, visit www.iuk.edu/alumni. You may sign up for your free membership when you order and pick up your cap and gown.
Don’t Get Lost!
Be sure to let the alumni office know your whereabouts should you relocate to a new residence, and any other pertinent information about yourself, e.g., job changes, promotions, awards, marriages, births, etc. Stay informed and involved. Be an active alumnus/a of Indiana University Kokomo!