Commencement Details

Indiana University is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our graduates and their families and friends. Due to the pandemic, all IU campus Commencements have been postponed. Please visit commencement.iu.edu for the latest information.

Apparel Rental Information

We also welcome you to email the Commencement team if you have concerns.

More Information

  • To take part in Commencement, you must rent a cap and gown.
  • Commencement singer auditions will be held in Kresge Auditorium on Friday, February 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information about speaker and singer auditions, email alumni@iuk.edu.
  • Doors open to the public at 11 a.m.
  • Graduates must arrive by 11 a.m. and will robe in the Lucas Furniture & Mattress Warehouse at the Event Center. You will find your designated area and will robe in your Commencement regalia with your fellow graduates. Please avoid bringing valuables with you.
  • Each participating graduate will receive up to 4 tickets for their family members and friends to attend the ceremony at cap and gown distribution during the week of April 27.
  • All guests must have a ticket to enter the ceremony. If you have additional guests, please direct them to campus where the ceremony will be live-streamed to the IQ wall in the Kelley Student Center Commons.
  • Tickets will be required for Commencement due to limited seating.
  • If a student loses their tickets, they will not be given extra tickets.
  • If a graduate does not have a need for tickets, those tickets will be put into a lottery for other graduates to get additional tickets on a first-come, first-served basis May 4 and 5 in KO 286, if extra tickets are available.
  • Unlimited parking available on campus with shuttle service to the Event & Conference Center
  • Parking is limited at the Event & Conference Center
  • Additional parking is available at Ivy Tech Community College, 1815 E. Morgan St, Kokomo, IN 46901. A shuttle bus will run before, during, and after the Commencement ceremony.
  • The procession begins promptly at 12:45 p.m.
  • Guests must be seated by 12:30 p.m.

Graduates, please limit your number of guests who attend Commencement to four or fewer. Please ask your guests to arrive early, as doors open at 11:00 a.m. Once seating at the event center is full, guests will be directed to campus where they can watch the live stream.

If you do not have a ticket, you are welcome to watch the live stream on campus.

We strongly encourage additional family and friends to attend the live streaming of Commencement on campus on the IQ Wall in the Kelley Student Center Commons. They will be able to join you at the reception immediately following Commencement in Alumni Hall.

If you have any questions, please email alumni@iuk.edu.

Can't make it to Commencement? Watch the live webcast!

Commencement will be live streamed so that anyone can watch from anywhere. The live webcast will begin streaming when the ceremony begins and can be viewed from the IU Kokomo website at the following address: broadcast.iu.edu.

Graduation Photo

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.

Diplomas

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.

IU Diploma Frames

Display your diploma with pride in a walnut frame with a crimson matte and the IU seal embossed in gold. Frames are available to purchase online at iuk.bncollege.com or in the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the IU Kokomo campus.

Cap & Gown Distribution

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) 455-9595. You may place your order during Grad Fair, February 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall. You may order online through March 26 to take advantage of early-order pricing. All orders must be received by April 2. If you cannot make it to Grad Fair, please go to herff.ly/iu and select the Kokomo campus.

Please bring debit/credit card, or cash. No checks accepted.

You will pick up your cap, gown, and Commencement tickets in the campus bookstore April 27-30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will return your rental unit following the Commencement ceremony in your respective changing area at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center. If you return to campus after the ceremony, gowns may also be returned at the campus bookstore.

COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL AND SENIOR SALUTE

Each year, we celebrate our graduating seniors and welcome them into the IU Alumni Association! We want to treat you and your graduating classmates to a semi-formal evening of fellowship, a free meal, desserts, and the opportunity to make lasting memories and win fantastic door prizes.

Friday, May 8, 2020, 6 to 7:45 p.m. in Alumni Hall
Semi-formal or come as you are.

This event will also include a Graduation Cap Runway, allowing students to bring their decorated graduation caps for judging on a runway to win additional prizes! We strongly encourage you to bring your decorated cap to this event!

To R.S.V.P., please email alumni@iuk.edu. You are permitted to bring one guest to this event.