Commencement

Commencement 2024

Congratulations on reaching this milestone in your academic career!

Here, you'll find important information about the School of Science and IUPUI commencement ceremonies, apparel and announcements, and diplomas and diploma covers.

We'll continue to add information to this page, so check back regularly!

School of Science Commencement ceremony

Friday, May 10, 2024

JW Marriott
Grand Ballroom
10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

IUPUI Commencement ceremony

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Visit commencement.iupui.edu for information about IUPUI Commencement. 

Contact information

Questions about the IUPUI ceremony or apparel and announcements

Email commence@iupui.edu.

Questions about the School of Science ceremony

Students: Email Darryl Newsom at danewsom@iupui.edu.

Staff and Faculty: Email Joseph Thompson at jlthomp@iupui.edu.

Commencement ceremonies

Graduating classes

Students who graduated with a Baccalaureate or Graduate degree December 2023 and who will graduate with a Baccalaureate or Graduate degree May 2024 and August 2024 are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremonies.

Number of ceremonies

Students may attend two Commencement ceremonies.

1. IUPUI Commencement ceremony at the Michael A. Carroll Stadium

The IUPUI Commencement ceremony honors both Indiana University and Purdue University graduates. Students are acknowledged as a whole and with their school. Students are not individually recognized, except for Ph.D. students, who will cross the main stage. However, all students will walk across a small platform (not the main stage) and receive their diploma cover.


2. School of Science Commencement ceremony at JW Marriott

The School of Science Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024, at the JW Marriott in the Grand Ballroom. The School ceremony is designed to individually recognize students who are graduating from the School of Science. All students walk across the stage as their names are announced. You are requested to check in at the registration table, which will be located in the back of the Grand Ballroom and assemble no later than 9:30 a.m. The Science processional will begin close to 9:45 a.m. with the program beginning at 10 a.m.

All students are individually recognized as they cross the stage. M.S. and Ph.D. students will be hooded at the School of Science ceremony by the student’s academic department chairperson or faculty advisor/mentor.

At the check-in table, you will be handed a name card on which you can phonetically spell your name. You will hand your name card to the person at the podium as you cross the stage to be recognized; be certain to keep this card with you as you process to the stage.

Attendance requirement

You are not required to attend either ceremony. You can choose either to participate or not participate in any of the graduation ceremonies. The ‘main’ IUPUI ceremony is the official University ceremony, and it is there that degrees are conferred, and diploma covers are presented. No diploma covers are presented at the School of Science ceremony. However, should you choose not to attend the IUPUI ceremony, diploma covers will also be available from the School of Science Dean’s office once diplomas are available for pick up, while supplies last.

RSVP

We ask all students to RSVP to indicate whether they will attend the IUPUI main ceremony, or the School of Science ceremony, or both ceremonies, or neither ceremony. Please RSVP by April 12, 2024. Tickets are not required. We ask for your RSVP just so we can anticipate attendance.

Guests

There is no limit on the number of guests you can bring to either ceremony. However, the School of Science ceremony can become standing room only, so inform your guests to arrive early.

Accessibility and accommodations for graduates and guests

If you need an interpreter, special seating arrangements, or any other similar accommodation—for yourself or for a guest—please inform us of your requests as soon as possible.

For the IUPUI ceremonycontact the Commencement team as soon as possible, but no later than May 1.

For the School of Science ceremony — contact Joseph Thompson at jlthomp@iupui.edu by April 12, 2024.

Commencement apparel and announcements

Order commencement announcements

Announcement orders are placed through Herff Jones via the IUPUI Commencement website.

When placing your order for announcements, you will be asked to select your school at IUPUI. All students will choose Purdue University, except Earth and Environmental Sciences students (Environmental Science, Geology and Applied Earth Science) and Psychology ASOP doctorate students, who will choose Indiana University.

Apparel requirements for commencement

Undergraduate students
Cap, gown, stole of gratitude, and tassel must be worn by all undergraduate students during the IUPUI ceremony and the School of Science ceremony.

M.S. graduate students
Cap, gown, tassel, and hood must be worn by M.S. students during the IUPUI ceremony and the School of Science ceremony. Students will carry their hood on stage, draped over left arm, in order for the department chairperson or faculty advisor/mentor to place the hood on the student. The button on the back of the hood should be unhooked so that it can be placed around the neck more easily.

Ph.D. graduate students
Cap, gown, and tassel must be worn by Ph.D. students during the IUPUI ceremony and the School of Science ceremony. Hoods will be carried on stage, draped over left arm, in order for dean, department chairperson or faculty advisor/mentor to place the hood on the student. As a reminder, Ph.D. students are hooded at both the IUPUI ceremony and the School of Science ceremony. The button on the back of the hood should be unhooked so that it can be placed around the neck more easily.

Order commencement apparel

Apparel must be ordered from Herff Jones. Final deadline to place an online order for apparel is April 1, 2024.

When placing your order for apparel, you will be asked to select your school at IUPUI. All students will choose Purdue University (located at the bottom of the drop-down menu), except Earth and Environmental Sciences students (Environmental Science, Geology and Applied Earth Science) and Psychology ASOP doctorate students, who will choose Indiana University.

If you are unable to order your graduation apparel online or it is past the deadline to order online, contact the Commencement team.

Apparel cost

Prices will vary depending on whether you are graduating with a baccalaureate or graduate degree. Prices are provided during the online ordering process.

Tassel

Tassel color for the School of Science

Undergraduate and M.S. students
The tassel color for undergraduate and M.S. students is golden yellow.

Ph.D. students
The tassel color for Ph.D. students is royal blue.

Please make sure that you have the right tassel color when you receive your graduation apparel. If you do not have the correct color, contact the Commencement Hotline at (317) 278-1700 or by email at commence@iupui.edu to exchange the tassel for the correct color. Undergraduate double degree students, where one degree is in another school, may have two tassels of different color.

How to wear the tassel

Students wear the tassel hanging from the right side of the cap unless the student already holds a degree. Thus, if an undergraduate student has already graduated with an Associate or Baccalaureate degree, the tassel will be worn on the left. All master and doctoral students wear the tassel on the left.

Tassel emblem

Each tassel has a small metal emblem attached at the top. One has the Purdue seal; this is for all undergraduate, master, and doctoral students except Earth and Environmental Sciences students (Environmental Science, Geology, and Applied Earth Sciences) and Psychology ASOP doctorate students, who will have an IU trident seal on the emblem. Make certain you receive the correct emblem. If you do not receive the correct emblem, contact the Commencement Hotline at (317) 278-1700 or by email at commence@iupui.edu.

Hood (graduate students only)

Hood color for the School of Science

M.S. graduate students
The School of Science Master of Science hood color is black with golden yellow.

Ph.D. graduate students (Purdue University)
The School of Science Doctor of Philosophy hood color is black with royal blue.

Ph.D. graduate students (Indiana University)
The IU hood color is crimson and cream (Geology and Applied Earth Sciences and Psychology ASOP doctorate graduates only).

Please make sure that you have confirmed the right hood color when you receive your graduation apparel. If you do not have the correct color, contact the Commencement Hotline at (317) 278-1700 or by email at commence@iupui.edu. You may also exchange at cap and gown distribution (date TBD), while supplies last.

Undergraduate “Graduation with Distinction” cords (honor cords)

Cord presentation

Students who are receiving a Bachelor’s degree may be awarded a distinction honor cord; master and doctoral students do not receive honor cords. Students who are receiving an honor from the School of Science will be contacted and will be notified when cords are available to be picked up from the School of Science Dean’s Office, LD 222.

For students who are graduating in May 2024 or August 2024, tentative graduation honors: distinction (IU and Purdue graduates), high distinction (IU graduates only), and highest distinction (IU and Purdue graduates), are based on your most recent degree grade point average calculation.

Official graduation honors for May 2024 or August 2024 will be awarded after final grades are posted and will be recorded on your diploma and transcript. Honors for December 2023 graduates have been determined and this information is posted on the student’s transcript and diploma.

How to wear

If you are receiving a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and received honor cords, the cords should be worn pinned to the left shoulder of your gown. The loop will drape over the outside of the sleeve with two cords hanging in front and two behind the sleeve. Pins will be supplied with the cords.

Gown and hood preparation

Please iron the gown and hood before you wear them! Removing the gown directly from the package when you arrive at the ceremony means there will be wrinkles and will result in an unprofessional appearance.

Return apparel

After the ceremony, graduates must return apparel in the mailer provided by Herff Jones. Failure to return apparel may result in a fine.

All Associates and Bachelor students need to return their gown. They will keep their cap, tassel, and stole.

All Master and Doctorate students need to return their gown and hood. They will keep their cap/tam and tassel.

Remember to keep your cap and tassel and any recognition stole, distinction or honors cords, or medallion you may have earned.