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Fast facts for faculty at IUPUI Commencement

Being involved in Commencement is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the successes of our graduates. These are your successes, too. Please refer to these details to make the day as efficient as possible.

  • Graduate Commencement is an outdoor ceremony that is held rain or shine, unless there is severe weather, in which case you will be informed of a contingency plan.
  • While all IUPUI faculty members are heartily welcomed to attend Graduate Commencement, it is especially important for the research chairs of doctoral students to attend in order to hood their students.
  • If you are the research chair of a doctoral student who will be hooded at Commencement, you and the student must arrange to meet at the Indiana University Natatorium, 901 W. New York Street, so that you can walk with the student in the procession and be seated together. If you are unable to attend Commencement, our team will appoint a faculty member who is in attendance to hood your student.
  • Faculty members who will not be hooding a doctoral student are still encouraged to attend. You should also meet in the student lineup area at the Natatorium and help lead graduates from your school in the processional.
  • All participating faculty members, whether you are hooding a doctoral student or not, must arrive at the Natatorium no later than 8:30 a.m. for robing and lineup. Free faculty parking near the Natatorium will be clearly marked.
  • Please remember to wear your academic apparel. Links to the Herff Jones faculty apparel order form will be provided to faculty in the spring semester. The apparel will be lent to you, free of charge, and it will be easy (and free) to mail the apparel back to Herff Jones after the ceremony.
  • Personal items such as bags, umbrellas, and briefcases cannot be stored at the Natatorium, so please leave them in your vehicle.
  • The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. It includes the procession into Michael A. Carroll Stadium; remarks by President Whitten and others, the hooding of doctoral students; and the conferral of degrees. The proceedings are rich in music, fanfare, and tradition and are a memorable event for our students and their professors.
  • The ceremony is expected to end approximately at noon.

  • Undergraduate Commencement is an outdoor ceremony that is held rain or shine, unless there is severe weather, in which case you will be informed of a contingency plan.
  • All IUPUI faculty members are heartily welcomed to attend Undergraduate Commencement. All faculty members in attendance are encouraged to assist with the ceremony by leading graduates from your school in the procession.
  • Participating faculty members must arrive at the Indiana University Natatorium, 901 W. New York Street, no later than 1:30 p.m. for robing and lineup. Free faculty parking near the Natatorium will be clearly marked.
  • Please remember to wear your academic apparel. Links to the Herff Jones faculty apparel order form will be provided to faculty in the spring semester. The apparel will be lent to you, free of charge, and it will be easy (and free) to mail the apparel back to Herff Jones after the ceremony.
  • Personal items such as bags, umbrellas, and briefcases cannot be stored at the Natatorium, so please leave them in your vehicle.
  • The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. It will include a procession into Michael A. Carroll Stadium; remarks by President Whitten and others, and the conferral of degrees. The proceedings are rich in music, fanfare, and tradition and are a memorable event for our students and their professors.
  • The ceremony is expected to end at approximately 5:30 p.m.