Am I required to participate in the drive-thru ceremony?
No, you will receive your diploma in the mail.
When and where do I need to be to participate in the ceremony?
First, you need to RSVP. Then you should arrive according to the schedule below with your academic school’s designated time (unless you are a walk-up). Not sure which school is yours? Look it up here.
May 15, 2021
Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Enter off N. Anthony (see map)
Arrive with your academic school (see schedule above)
What do I wear?
Formal graduation regalia is not required, however, participants in the drive-thru ceremony will receive their cap (mortarboard) and tassel as a commemorative gift. RSVP for the ceremony. Graduates are NOT required to wear a gown to participate in the drive-thru ceremony.
How does a drive-thru ceremony work?
Graduates (and guests), using one car, should arrive at Coliseum Campus at their scheduled time. Enter from North Anthony Blvd. You will follow volunteer instructions which will lead you through stations to receive your cap (mortarboard) and tassel, decorate your car, snap some selfies, get a goody bag full of swag, discounts, and other items from the Alumni Association (you’re the newest members!), the Student Life Office, and our sponsors, and prepare to enter the diploma area near door 2.
Most importantly, you’ll be given a card to write your name. Write clearly and legibly.
The Chancellor and your Dean will be waiting for you in the diploma area. You’ll hand your card to our Reader, receive your diploma cover, and pause for a photo with the Chancellor.
As you leave this area, you’ll drive through an honor guard of your Ivy Tech faculty. There’s nobody prouder of you than them, so take a moment to soak it all up.
Can my friends and family drive-thru with me?
One vehicle is allowed per graduate. You may pack as many guests as you like in that vehicle (as long as you don’t exceed the number of factory-installed seatbelts in the vehicle). Additional family members are encouraged to watch the ceremony via live stream.
Are there rules about cars, drivers, etc.?
No limousines, party buses, large tire trucks/monster trucks, or other oversized or unsafe vehicles will be permitted. Graduates are allowed to decorate their cars within reason. Smoking, vaping and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted.
The driver should pay close attention to traffic and volunteer directions. Some cars may need to be held in the parking lots in an orderly fashion as directed by College volunteers. This will ensure traffic does not back up onto the main thoroughfares.
If you need special accommodations during the ceremony, please contact Todd Nichols, Director of Disability Support Services, prior to the day of the ceremony at 260-480-4110 or email@example.com.
Is there a rehearsal?
No, graduates should just RSVP and then show up on May 15 at their scheduled time by academic school.
How will I know where to line up?
Ivy Tech volunteers will be there to direct you to the appropriate place for line-up. Graduates will line up as they enter the campus. Do not move from your spot when in line. Each graduate will be given a card to write his or her name on it to be read during the ceremony. Please be sure to write legibly.
What about the pandemic?
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved to a drive-thru format for our commencement ceremony. You should plan to remain in your vehicle for the duration of the ceremony. Optional photo opportunities may be available. If you are participating in these opportunities, you should remain in your vehicle until a volunteer asks you to exit. You must practice social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times with anyone not in your household. Masks are required.
What about restrooms, etc.?
Please ensure proper nutrition, hydration and personal care needs are addressed before arriving at Coliseum campus. There will be no access to the building except for volunteers/employees.
What if I don’t have a car?
You can still participate during our walk-up portion. The Coliseum Campus is accessible via Citilink bus. If you need special accommodations during the ceremony, please contact Todd Nichols, Director of Disability Support Services, prior to the day of the ceremony at 260-480-4110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do I park?
There will not be a need for graduates to park except for short periods as other graduates receive their diploma covers. No tailgating is allowed.
How do I get my honor cords or PTK Honor Society stole?
Honor cords must be purchased through the bookstore. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as of the fall semester are eligible for honor cords. Fort Wayne Bookstore hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you are a member and wish to wear the gold Phi Theta Kappa stole during graduation, you can purchase it and other PTK regalia online. Order early. It will NOT be available locally or in the bookstore (Cost: $26.00+shipping). For more information, contact your chapter advisors: Tamara Pavelec, or in Warsaw, Lori Roe. Gold PTK Diploma seals: All Phi Theta Kappa members receive a gold seal to put on their diplomas. The only way to receive a seal is through your chapter advisors. You cannot purchase a seal at Recognitions Online.
When will I get my diploma?
At Commencement, students will receive their diploma covers as each graduate’s name is announced.
Fall diplomas were mailed to the students’ home address in February. Spring graduates can expect their diplomas to arrive in the mail late June. Summer graduates can expect their diplomas late September. A coupon for a complimentary copy of your transcript will be mailed to you once your degree is conferred.
What about photos/videos?
The ceremony will be livestreamed on this page the day of Commencement. A recording will be available the Monday after the ceremony.
Ivy Tech partners with Photography by Laura Pentecost, who will attend Commencement and capture photos of each graduate celebrating their special moment. These photos will be available for purchase after graduation. Information on where to go and how to purchase prints will be provided via email after Commencement with ordering instructions the week after graduation. We also encourage graduates, families, and friends to enjoy this special day. There are no restrictions on personal flash photography or video before, during, or after Commencement.
What if it is bad weather?
The drive-thru ceremony will go on rain or shine, unless the weather is severe or unsafe. If the ceremony is cancelled, local media will be notified and a campus text will be sent. We’ll also post updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Can I still participate if I did not sign up, fill out an Application for Diploma, or RSVP?
Yes, arrive with your scheduled academic school and we will get you in the line. If you do not have transportation, we invite you to walk-up at 9:30 a.m.
What happens after the ceremony?
We encourage you to celebrate with your family off campus for everyone’s safety and health.
I was in the Class of 2020, is there anything special I need to do?
Nope, just RSVP and arrive at your academic school’s assigned time. We’ll even have a 2020 tassel for you!
Thank you to our 2021 partners!
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