How To Prepare

Your graduation checklist

Congratulations! You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2020 if you complete degree requirements during the 2019–20 academic year.

Before you come to Commencement, be sure to complete this checklist:

  • Apply to graduate. If you have questions about how to apply, contact your school’s recorder.
  • Rent your official IU or Purdue cap and gown.
  • Order announcements, notes, class rings, etc.
  • Do all the prep at Countdown to Commencement (attire, announcements, portraits).
  • Invite family and guests: no tickets, no limits.
  • Tell out-of-town guests to book hotel and restaurant reservations early.
  • Be sure international guests submit their visa applications early.
  • Look for updates on this website regularly.
  • Attend IUPUI Commencement on Saturday, May 16, at Lucas Oil Stadium!


All degree candidates must apply to graduate. Submitting a graduation application means:

  • Your degree will be awarded.
  • You will receive a diploma.
  • You will receive important Commencement information.
  • Your name will appear in the Commencement program.

Degrees will not be awarded without a graduation application on file with your academic unit.

Each school or department has its own application process that you must follow in order to be eligible for graduation. Contact your school’s recorder to learn more.

If you applied to graduate for a previous date, but did not graduate, you must reapply for a future term. Contact your school or department directly if applying after these priority deadlines.

  • Spring semester: October 15
  • Summer semester: January 15
  • Fall semester: May 15

Learn about applying

Plan your day

Will you attend IUPUI Commencement, your school recognition event, or both? Take a moment to read about venues and ADA accomodations, so you can better plan the day for yourself and your guests.

You’ll also want to be familiar with parking and transportation options in downtown Indianapolis.

Learn about the events

Order announcements

And while you’re at it, invite anyone you wish. Tickets are not required for IUPUI Commencement or any school recognition events.

Order announcements