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2024 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m.
Indiana University Auditorium
1211 E. 7th St., Bloomington, IN

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Students who will complete their degree requirements at the end of Fall 2023, Spring 2024, or Summer 2024 semesters may participate. There is no summer Commencement Ceremony.

Apply to Graduate

Be sure to apply to graduate by April 13, 2024 to be awarded your credential and receive Commencement Ceremony communications. Go to MyIvy and search Apply to Graduate.

Graduation Details

  • IU Auditorium has extremely limited parking availability. Special guests and those with government-issued accessibility parking tags will be able to park near the IU Auditorium and Showalter fountain.

    Free parking and shuttle service to and from the IU Auditorium will be offered for graduates and guests. The IU bus will be running the IU Auditorium route beginning at 4:00 pm with frequent pickup and drop-offs (about 10-15 minutes between shuttles).

    Buses will be in service after commencement to return guests back to their parking locations.

    Free parking is only available at these two garages. 

    • Henderson Garage: Two entries available from Indiana Ave. or Fess Ave. between 3rd St. and Atwater Ave.
    • Poplars Garage: 6th St., between Grant St. and Dunn St.

    See parking map

    Check back often for updates on construction and day-of traffic updates!

    Accessibility Parking: For graduates and guests in need of accessible parking, please note that there is limited parking located around Showalter Fountain (fountain in front of IU Auditorium) and it is exclusively reserved for those with a State-issued disability parking tag. IUPD will be onsite to help direct traffic due to construction near the Auditorium.

    • Graduates will arrive at IU Auditorium for check-in starting at 4:30 p.m. and no later than 5:15 p.m.
    • Family & Friends can begin seating at 5 p.m.
    • Graduates line up at 5:30 p.m.
    • Processional at 6 p.m. This includes platform party, faculty, staff, and graduates.
    • Following the processional, the program will begin, including Chancellor remarks and Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipient, and graduate recognition.
    • Recessional at 7:30 p.m. with a dessert reception following the ceremony.
  • View the 2024 Commencement Program

    An online QR Code will be provided at the Commencement Ceremony to view the Program. 

    Note: students must have a completed graduation application on file to be awarded their credentials, receive a Commencement RSVP link, and be listed in the Commencement program.

  • Check Eligibility
    Students close to completing degree requirements should check their degree completion requirements with their academic advisor to ensure they are eligible to apply to graduate.

    If you are in the final semester of your program, you may be eligible to receive your credential!

    Apply to Graduate
    All students must apply to graduate to receive their degree. To ensure your name is printed on the commencement program and to receive important updates about the ceremony, apply as soon as you are registered for your final semester or in-progress toward final degree requirements.

    To apply for graduation, visit MyIvy and search Apply to Graduate.

    • Fall 2023 Graduates – Apply by December 17, 2023
    • Spring 2024 Graduates – Apply by April 13, 2024
    • Summer 2024 Graduates – Apply by April 13, 2024

    RSVP to Attend Commencement
    Invite your whole crew to celebrate with you! No tickets are required to attend. Students who apply to graduate will receive a personalized RSVP link. Set up your account and RSVP to attend the ceremony by April 20, 2024.

  • All students who participate in the Commencement Ceremony must wear Ivy Tech regalia. Regalia includes a black robe, black cap, and tassel. Students can order a cap & gown from the Ivy Tech Bookstore.

    Order cap & gown

    Students may also purchase graduation packages. Note: the “Cap and Gown” is the only required attire. You have the option to upgrade packages but is not required.

    • Standard Cap & Gown: $54.98
      See packages and Order Here

    Students can purchase regalia to be delivered and picked up at the local campus bookstore or to be shipped to a home address. 

    Ship To Book Store Deadline

    • March 15: Order by this date to have your cap & gown delivered to the local campus bookstore. Students will be notified that they can pick up their order once it has arrived.  

    Ship to Home Address Deadlines

    • April 5: First home delivery deadline. Orders are generally shipped within 2 weeks of placing your order. Shipping & handling is an additional cost. 
    • April 17: Second home delivery date. Orders are generally shipped within 2 weeks of placing your order. Shipping & handling is an additional cost.
  • Gradfest Celebration

    Join us for an end-of-year celebration!

    Thursday, May 2
    11 am to 2 pm
    Main Campus, Back Patio

    Here's what you can expect when attending Gradfest:

    • Early check-in for commencement: Receive your name card + lineup assignment
    • Pick up your commencement cords
    • Enjoy delicious food
    • Play fun games
    • Pick up Ivy Tech Grad signs
    • Connect with the Ivy Tech Alumni Association
    • Celebrate the end of the year with your fellow graduates
    • Get all your commencement questions answered

    RSVP Here 

Common Questions

No. Graduates can pick up their cords and graduate cards during GradFest on May 2 or check in during commencement. When they arrive at IU Auditorium, graduates will line up by school/program—we will have staff available to guide them.

Yes – RSVPing is required for graduates to attend the ceremony. This helps our team have your graduation name card ready. RSVPing allows you to skip the check-in line when you arrive at commencement.

If you miss the deadline, no worries; you can still attend! Please contact our office to let us know you still plan on attending so we can prepare your graduation name card upon arrival.

Yes. Eligible students can apply to graduate until the end of the term. The application deadline is specific to Commencement and ensures we have your name in the Commencement Booklet and Program.

Yes, graduates will be standing from the moment they check in until they process into the auditorium. Graduates may be indoors or outdoors until the ceremony begins depending on the weather. Graduates will walk up and down stairs when receiving their diploma cover.

We can provide accommodations for graduates and guests who need them. Please let our team know by emailing  Handicap-accessible seating will be available for students and guests who need it. IU Auditorium ushers will be available when you arrive.

Students must wear black caps & gowns with comfortable shoes and business casual attire. Plan to give your personal belongings to your guests, as there is no place to store them during the ceremony.

Yes! Students are encouraged to decorate their caps. Note that decorations must be appropriate (no obscene language, writing, or imagery). Ensure that the tassel can still be moved from one side to the other.

Don't panic. You can still participate in graduation by borrowing a plain black cap and gown from someone you know or buying them at a different store. Tassels will be available for purchase in the bookstore.

Graduates who are unable to purchase gowns can reach out to we will have extra gowns available.

Commencement is not a ticketed event – there is no limit to who you can bring! We ask for an estimate of guests so we can be prepared with seating. Graduates with young children should plan on having their children sit with friends and family. If you need to update the number of guests you will bring, email our team to let us know. 

No, graduates will receive the Ivy Tech Community College diploma cover when they walk across the stage. Diplomas will be mailed out to the home address on file after they have been conferred. Degree conferral takes between 6-8 weeks after the term has ended. Students are encouraged to check their unofficial transcript to ensure the degree has been awarded.

Students who need to provide proof of graduation for an employer may email to request an official letter. Please allow 1-3 business days for us to process your request. 

Yes! Students who belong to honor societies may wear their regalia for the ceremony.

Please email to let us know if you or your guests require accommodations. This may include an American Sign Language interpreter, wheelchair accessible seating, entrance access (ramps/elevator), or audio/visual enhancement. 

Questions About Graduation?

Contact the Bloomington Registrar if you have questions about your graduation application, diploma, or anything related to the completion of your associate degree or certificate.

Bloomington Registrar

After business hours, you may be able to receive assistance via live chat or by calling 1-888-IVY-LINE.

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