Commencement

Commencement 2022

Congratulations on reaching this milestone in your academic career!

By now, you should have received commencement information from the IUPUI Alumni Relations Office.

Commencement information can also be found at commencement.iupui.edu.

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


School of Science Commencement Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Sunday, May 15

  • Procession begins at 1:45 p.m.
  • Graduates arrive by 12:45 p.m.

Indiana Convention Center – Hall I
100 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

IUPUI Commencement

Saturday, May 14

  • Graduate Ceremony - 10 a.m. Graduates arrive at IU Natatorium by 7:30 a.m. More info »
  • Undergraduate Ceremony - 4 p.m. Graduates arrive at IU Natatorium by 1:30 p.m. More info »

Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus
1001 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Commencement program

See the list of graduating students from December 2021, May 2022, and August 2022.

View the commencement program

Contact information

Questions about the IUPUI ceremony or apparel and announcements

Call the Commencement Hotline at (317) 278-1700 or 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 2021 and who will graduate with a Baccalaureate or Graduate degree May 2022 and August 2022 are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremonies.

Number of ceremonies

Students may attend two Commencement ceremonies.

1. IUPUI Commencement ceremony at 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.

Graduate (M.S., Ph.D.) science students are invited to the IUPUI Graduate ceremony that will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Carroll Stadium. All students must report by 7:30 a.m. to line up. The robed procession will begin at 9 a.m., one hour prior to ceremony. Only doctoral students will be hooded at the IUPUI ceremony.

Undergraduate (B.A., B.S.) science students are invited to the IUPUI Undergradute ceremony that will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Carroll Stadium. All students must report by 1:30 p.m. to line up. The robed procession will begin at 3 p.m., one hour prior to ceremony.

2. School of Science Commencement ceremony at the Indiana Convention Center—The School of Science Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Indiana Convention Center the day after the IUPUI Commencement ceremony at Carroll Stadium. The School ceremony is designed to individually recognize students who are graduating from the School of Science. Students walk across the stage as their names are announced. You are requested to arrive at approximately 12:45 p.m. to allow time for registration (located in Hall I) and procession line-up. The Science processional will begin close to 1:45 p.m., with the program beginning at 2 p.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 proceed to the stage.

Attendance requirement

Attendance is not required. You can choose either to participate or not participate in any of the graduation ceremonies. The 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 be available for purchase through the IUPUI bookstore.

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.

Additionally, the School of Science ceremony follows another school ceremony. We anticipate doors opening for our ceremony around 12:30 p.m., but there may be a delay.

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, but no later than May 1.

For the IUPUI ceremony: call the Commencement Hotline at (317) 278-1700 or email commence@iupui.edu. The name of student and school (School of Science) with which the student will be seated is requested.

For the School of Science ceremony: Email Betsy Cooney at emcooney@iupui.edu by April 15, 2022.

Rain date

In the event of severe weather on May 14, 2022, the main IUPUI ceremony will be rescheduled to Sunday, May 15, 2022. If this happens, the School of Science ceremony will be canceled.

Commencement apparel and announcements

Order commencement announcements

Announcement orders are placed through Herff Jones.

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

At the School of Science ceremony, cap, gown, and tassel must be worn. 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.

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

If you are unable to order your apparel online or it is past the deadline to order online, call the Commencement Hotline at (317) 278-1700 or email commence@iupui.edu.

Apparel cost

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

Tassel color for the School of Science

The tassel color is golden yellow for undergraduate and M.S. candidates. The tassel for Ph.D. students is royal blue. Please make sure that you have the right tassel color when you receive your 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. For example, a science/engineering double bachelor degree would have a golden yellow tassel and an orange tassel.

Tassel: how to wear

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 mark; this is for most undergraduate, master, and doctoral students. The other, for Earth Sciences students (Environmental Science, Geology, and Applied Earth Sciences) and Psychology ASOP doctorate and ASOP masters students, 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 color for the School of Science (graduate students only)

M.S. Gradute students: The School of Science master of science hood color is black with golden yellow. When ordering your apparel, you will be asked to select your academic school. This selection will determine your hood color. All students will choose "Purdue University," except Earth Sciences students who will choose "Indiana University."

Please make sure that you have confirmed the right hood color when you receive your apparel. If you do not have the correct color, contact the Commencement Hotline at (317) 278-1700 or by email at commence@iupui.edu.

Ph.D. Graduate students (Purdue University): The School of Science doctorate of philosophy hood color is black with royal blue. When ordering your apparel, you will be asked to select your academic school. This selection will determine your hood color. Purdue doctorate students will choose "Purdue University."

Ph.D. Graduate students (Indiana University): The IU hood color is crimson and cream (Geology, Applied Earth Sciences and Psychology ASOP doctorate graduates only). When ordering your apparel, you will be asked to select your academic school. This selection will determine your hood color. IU doctorate students will choose "Indiana University."

Please make sure that you have confirmed the right hood color when you receive your apparel. If you do not have the correct color, contact the Commencement Hotline at (317) 278-1700 or by email at commence@iupui.edu.

Pick up apparel

Apparel for the 2022 IUPUI and School of Science ceremonies will be mailed to the address you indicate when ordering.

Undergraduate "Graduation with Distinction" cords

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 have been notified via email and may pick up cords in the School of Science Dean’s Office, LD 222.

Tentative graduation honors for students who are graduating in May 2022 or August 2022: 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 2022 or August 2022 will be awarded after final grades are posted and will be recorded on your diploma and transcript. Honors for December 2021 graduates have been determined and this information is posted on the student’s transcript and diploma.

Cords: 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 in back of the sleeve. Pins will be supplied with the cords.

Gown and hood preparation

The apparel arrived in plastic bags and may need to be ironed. We recommend you remove the apparel from the bag and hang it up as soon as possible to reduce wrinkling and an unprofessional appearance.

Return apparel

All gowns and graduate student hoods must be returned. You will receive a return mailing label when you receive your apparel. Remember to keep your cap and tassel and any recognition stole, distinction or honors cords, or medallion you may have earned.