Commencement 2014

  • May 10th at 10 a.m. – graduates arrive by 9 a.m.
  • Location: Kokomo Main Campus. Rain location: Kokomo Event & Conference Center
  • There is no cost for admission; families and friends are welcome to attend.
  • Free parking and shuttle service are available. See parking tab above
  • Graduates who will need special assistance should contact their school dean.
  • Guests who will need special seating should contact Mary Craig prior to May 1 at 574-753-5101, ext. 2175 or mcraig@ivytech.edu. There is limited handicapped seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All students who plan to participate should complete an Application for Diploma form.
  • Graduates must wear a cap and gown to participate in Commencement.
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    Cap and gown may be purchased April 8 – May 9 and picked up in advance.
    -See Cap & Gown tab above for important additional information
  • There is no place for graduates to keep personal belongings during the ceremony. Leave purses and other personal items with a friend or family member, or at home.
  • Please plan to remain for the entire ceremony which will be two to three hours.
  • Professional photographs will be taken as graduates cross the stage. See Photos tab
  • Be courteous; do not block the view of other audience members. Graduates may pose on the stage after the ceremony for additional informal photos.
  • Be respectful as each graduate's name is read, so that each name can be heard.
  • At Commencement, students will receive only their diploma covers as names are announced. Your actual diploma will be mailed to your home address.

Ivy Tech believes each graduate's success should be recognized appropriately and appreciates the ceremony not being disrupted.

Cap and Gown

  • A black graduation cap and gown are required to participate in Commencement.
  • These will be available at a campus bookstore from April 8 – May 9.
  • Purchase yours early, as the gown will need to be pressed.
  • The cost is $36 plus tax.
  • The tassel will be included. Your mortarboard is to be worn parallel to the ground, with the tassel hanging from the front-right.
    -Associate’s Degree -GREEN tassel
    -Technical Certificates - WHITE tassel
    -Certificates - GRAY tassel
  • Caps should not be decorated in any way.
  • Honor cords are provided by Ivy Tech for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the completion of fall semester. Honor cords may be picked up in the bookstore.
  • Phi Theta Kappa members may purchase honor stoles in the bookstore for $24 plus tax.
    Honor cords and PTK stoles are the only acceptable additions to your cap and gown.
  • Commencement is a formal ceremony; business attire is appropriate.
    -Men should wear dark-colored dress pants with a shirt and tie.
    -Women should wear a dress or dark-colored dress slacks with a blouse.
    -Dark-colored, close-toed dress shoes are appropriate.
    -Flip-flops, clogs, and tennis shoes are inappropriate.
    -High-heels are discouraged for both safety and comfort reasons.
    -Wear comfortable dress shoes that are easy to walk in.

Ivy Tech asks that you be respectful, do not disrupt the ceremony, and allow for appropriate recognition of each graduate as he or she crosses the stage.

Dressing Rooms

  • Report to your assigned Dressing Room no later 9 a.m.
  • Students will be grouped by school/program to robe in your cap and gown.
  • Purses and other personal items should not be brought to the dressing room because there is no way to secure them.
  • Students will be lined up for the processional in the dressing room area.
  • Each graduate will be given a card with his or her name and lineup number. Be sure to keep this card with you because you’ll hand it to the announcer when you cross the stage.
    -Your name should be shown as you want it announced.
    -If your name needs to be changed, please be sure to write legibly.
    -If your name may be difficult to pronounce, add the phonetic spelling for clarity.
    -You’ll need to keep this card with you until you cross the stage.

Dressing Rooms by School

Applied Science & Engineering Technology
Room 217
Agriculture | Engineering Technology

Business
Rooms 217, 503-505
Accounting | Business Administration | Computer Information Systems | Computer Information Technology | Office Administration

Education
Room 507
Early Childhood Education | Education

Fine Arts & Design
Room 509
Visual Communications

Health Sciences
Rooms 302-304
Dental Assisting | Health Care Support | Medical Assisting | Paramedic Science | Surgical Technology

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Room 301
General Studies | Liberal Arts | Professional Communication

Nursing
Alumni Hall
Nursing | Practical Nursing

Public & Social Services
Rooms 411-413
Criminal Justice | Hospitality | Human Services | Paralegal Studies | Public Safety

Technology
Room 403
Advanced Manufacturing | Apprenticeship Studies | Automotive Technology | Construction Technology | Design Technology | Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning | Industrial Technology

Families/Guests

  • Congratulations! We’re glad you’ll be able to share Commencement with your graduate.
  • There is no cost for admission; families and friends are welcome to attend.
  • Free parking and shuttle service are available. See parking tab above
  • If you need special accommodations during the ceremony, please contact Mary Craig prior to May 1 at 574-753-5101, ext. 2175 or mcraig@ivytech.edu. There is limited handicapped seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to last two to three hours.
  • Graduates and guests are asked to remain for the entire ceremony. Guests can join their graduate(s) at the reception immediately following.
  • Harmon Photography will be taking a formal photo of each graduate. See Photos tab.
  • Do not block the view of other audience members when taking informal photos.
  • Please be respectful as each name is announced so that each graduate can be recognized.
  • There is not a secure location for keeping valuables during the ceremony. Personal belongings should be left at home, in the car, or with friends or family.

Ivy Tech believes each graduate's success should be recognized appropriately. Please do not disrupt the ceremony.

Etiquette

Graduates are asked to please:

  • Arrive at your designated dressing room no later than 9 a.m.
  • Follow guidelines for appropriate dress and regalia presentation. See Cap & Gown tab
  • Follow instructions for lining up and processing to the ceremony.
  • Leave personal items with family or friends, or at home. Belongings cannot be secured during the ceremony.
  • During the ceremony, remain seated except when directed to stand.
  • Remain for the entire ceremony. You may join friends and family at the reception.
  • Be respectful as each graduate's name is read, so that each name can be heard.

Guests are asked to please:

  • Be courteous and do not take photos until the ceremony is completed!
    -Do not block the view of others in the audience.
    -After the ceremony, graduates will be able to pose on the stage for informal picture opportunities.
    -Professional photographs will be taken as each graduate receives his or her diploma. Please see the photos tab above for more information.
  • Remain for the entire ceremony.
  • Be respectful as each graduate's name is read, so that each name can be heard.

Each graduate's recognition is important. We appreciate respectful behavior, for all graduates, throughout the ceremony.

Parking

The ceremony will be held outdoors in the parking lot just east of the main campus, weather permitting (Enter from Touby Pike or IN931). If weather is problematic, the ceremony will be moved into the Event Center.
Parking Map

Outdoor Ceremony at main campus:

  • Public parking will be available in the far-south lot at the main campus, as well as in the Student Services lot, the Library/LRC lot, and at the Event Center. Please enter off of 931 or Touby Pike.
  • Handicapped parking will be in the near-south and near-east lots adjacent to the main campus. Please enter off of Morgan Street.
  • VIP/reserved parking will be in the lot west of the main campus.
  • Those parking at the Event Center or LRC may want to drop passengers at the main campus before parking.  A drop off location will be available at the south east corner.
  • Free shuttle service from the Event Center and LRC lots will be provided until 9:50 a.m. and will resume following the ceremony.

If the ceremony is moved to Event Center due to inclement weather:

Public parking will be available at the Event Center.  Additional parking will be available at the main campus, the Student Services lot, and the Library/LRC lot.

Handicapped parking is located along the west side of the Event Center on either side of the main entrance.

Stage participants with reserved parking will be directed to spots on the north side of the event center.

Those parking at the main campus or LRC may want to drop passengers at the Event Center before parking.

Free shuttle service from the main campus and LRC lots will be provided until 9:50 a.m. and will resume following the ceremony.

Ivy Tech believes each graduate's success should be recognized appropriately and appreciates the ceremony not being disrupted.

Photos

Harmon Photography will take a professional photo of each student crossing the stage. Those will be available for purchase at www.bharmonphoto.com and will be priced as:

-8 x 10 photos are $18
-5 x7 photos are $10
-4x6 photos are $9
-4x5 photos are $8

Please refrain from leaving your seat during the ceremony to take pictures. Do not stand in the aisles or block the view of other audience members.

Students will be able to pose on the stage after the ceremony has concluded, so that friends and families will have an opportunity to take informal photos.

FAQs

When is Commencement? Commencement will be Friday, May 10, 2014, at 10 a.m. Graduates should arrive by no later than 9 a.m.

Where is Commencement? The ceremony will be outside at the Kokomo Main Campus (Enter from Touby Pike or IN931). In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to the Kokomo Event & Conference Center.

What time should I arrive? Graduates should arrive by 9 a.m. and will be directed to the dressing room and line up area. See the Dressing Room tab above. Commencement will last two to three hours; you may want to eat something before you arrive.

What about special needs/assistance? Graduates who will need special assistance should contact their school dean. Guests who will need special seating should contact Mary Craig prior to May 1 at 574-753-5101, ext. 2175 or mcraig@ivytech.edu.

Can I still walk/participate if I did not sign up or fill out an Application for Diploma? Yes, but you must be in appropriate graduation attire (cap/gown).

How many guests may I bring? There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring.

What should I wear to graduation?

  • A cap and gown are required; honor cords or PTK stoles are the only permitted accessories.
  • This is a formal occasion, and business attire is expected. Men should wear dark colored dress pants with a shirt and tie; women should wear a dress, or dark colored slacks with a blouse.
  • Shoes should be a dark color and closed-toed. Flip-flops, clogs, or tennis shoes are not appropriate. High-heels are not recommended, for both safety and comfort reasons. Comfortable dress shoes that are easy to walk in will be best for climbing the stairs and crossing the stage.

How do I get my cap and gown? All participants are required to wear a black graduation cap and gown. You may purchase a cap and gown prior to the day of the ceremony at the Campus Connect Bookstore between April 8 and May 9. Honor cords or PTK stoles are the only acceptable accessories to the regalia. Caps should not be decorated in any way.

Where will I put on my cap and gown? Graduate dressing rooms and line up areas are arranged by program and school. See the Dressing Rooms tab above for more information.

What about parking? There is free parking at the LRC and the Kokomo Event Center. Shuttle service is provided to the main location. See Maps tab above.

Where will I store my personal belongings during the ceremony? There is no place to keep your personal belongings during the ceremony. Please leave purses and other personal items with a friend or family member during the ceremony, or leave the items at home.

How will I know where to line up? From your assigned dressing area, you’ll be directed to the appropriate place for the Processional lineup.

  • Graduates will line up by school, program, degree, and name.
  • Each graduate will be given a card with his or her name and line up number. Be sure to keep this card with you because you’ll need to hand it to the announcer when you cross the stage.
    -Your name should be shown as you want it to be announced when you cross the stage.
    -If your name needs to be changed, please be sure to write legibly.
    -If your name may be difficult to pronounce, please add the phonetic spelling for clarity.

How will the processional work? From your assigned dressing area, you’ll be directed to the appropriate place for the Processional lineup. Be sure to stay in order and the Processional will move from the lineup area to the graduate seating area.

Where will I sit? Graduates will be seated in front of the stage, and will be directed when to stand and move to the stage. Be sure to take your name card with you when you walk up to receive your diploma.

What happens after the ceremony?

  • Refreshments will be served at the Commencement Reception for graduates and guests.
  • The stage will be available for informal picture taking opportunities.
  • The Nursing Pinning Ceremony will begin 30 minutes after Commencement ends. This ceremony will be held in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center.

When do I get my diploma? At Commencement, students will receive only their diploma covers as names are announced. Your actual diploma will be mailed to your home address. Diplomas for December graduates were mailed in February. Spring graduates can expect their diplomas in late June, and summer graduates will receive their diplomas in late September. A complimentary copy of your transcript will be mailed to you once your degree is conferred. For further information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 765-459-0561, ext. 235; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.