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2024 Commencement

Sunday, May 5, 2024  @ 2 p.m.
Elliott Hall of Music on Purdue University's Campus

When inquiring about commencement or graduation, it’s important to note the difference between the two terms.

  • Graduation is the completion of your degree
  • Commencement is the ceremony where you are recognized for having graduated

Congratulations, graduates!

We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments at Ivy Tech’s 2023 commencement ceremony.

What you need to do to graduate:

  • Successfully complete all of the required courses for your degree program
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Complete any other graduation requirements your program might include

Please note: the day of commencement will involve climbing stairs and walking some distance between buildings; if either of these things presents an obstacle for you please notify us so we can provide alternative arrangements designed to maximize your ability to fully and safely participate in commencement exercises. Contact the Director of Mental Health & Disability Support Services at ssmith1749@ivytech.edu if you are in need of accommodations to participate in the ceremony.

Students are required to wear a cap and gown in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.  If you require assistance in acquiring your cap and gown, please fill out this form (click here).

Preparing for Commencement

  • Commencement is held in May. Students will be invited to participate if they graduated in December or are on track to graduate in May and August. If you are invited to commencement and you have not already received your diploma, check with your academic advisor to verify that you will meet the requirements to complete your degree.

  • In MyIvy search for View/Pay Balance to see if you have any outstanding balance. Contact the Cashier’s Office if you have any questions regarding your balance or to pay your balance.

  • You will receive an email from the Registrar’s office containing information. Please RSVP using the link provided if you plan to attend the ceremony. This will guarantee that you have a seat at the ceremony and that your name will be read as you cross the stage. 

  • Order Here

    You must have a cap and gown as well as a tassel in order to participate in the ceremony. Students who do not have a cap and gown will not be permitted to participate so pay close attention to the ordering deadlines.

    Cap & Gown Deadlines

    Ship to Bookstore

    You will pick up your cap & gown from the bookstore prior to graduation

    March 15

    Ship to Home

    Your cap and gown will be shipped to your address within 2 weeks. *Additional charge for shipping and handling will be incurred.
    1st Deadline - April 5th

    2nd Deadline - April 17th

    You may call or visit the bookstore on campus for more information or order online at the link above. If you require assistance in acquiring your cap and gown, please fill out this form (click here).

  • Contact the Director of Mental Health & Disability Support Services at ssmith1749@ivytech.edu  if you are in need of accommodations to participate in the ceremony. The procession into Elliott Hall and getting from your seat to the stage requires standing and climbing stairs. If you are unable to climb stairs or require assistance, arrangements can be made but it is important that you let us know ahead of time so a volunteer can be prepared to assist you.

  • Elliott Hall of Music is located at University Drive and Third Street in West Lafayette, on the Purdue Campus. Students and guests must park in the University Street Parking garage. Handicapped parking will be available there. 

  • Ivy Tech Lafayette’s commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, May 5, at Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue University Campus. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. sharp.

    Graduates must arrive in front of Hovde Hall, located next to Elliott Hall of Music, no later than 1 p.m. to check in the day of commencement. Late arrival may prevent graduates from being able to participate in the ceremony.

    Elliott Hall will open to guests at 1:00 p.m.

  • You must have a cap and gown as well as a tassel in order to participate in the ceremony and are encouraged to wear appropriate attire under their gowns. Cap and gown can be ordered from from the bookstore or online (link to be published soon). Students who do not have a cap and gown will not be permitted to participate so pay close attention to the ordering deadlines.

    You will be walking up steps and across a stage, so flat, comfortable dress shoes will be best for your safety. High heels are strongly discouraged.

Stay Connected With Us

You're an Alumni Now, but Don't be a Stranger

We'd love to hear from you and continue to support you on your journey however we can. Here are ways to stay involved:

  • Keep your information up-to-date in our alumni portal
  • Explore our alumni services, including networking, volunteering, and more
  • Share your graduation photos or future successes on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #IvyTechGrad

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  • Students will not receive their diplomas at commencement. Diplomas are sent to students in the mail approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the degree.

  • Ivy Tech welcomes its December graduates to attend our commencement ceremony and participate in the celebration.

  • Order Here

    You must have a cap and gown as well as a tassel in order to participate in the ceremony. Students who do not have a cap and gown will not be permitted to participate so pay close attention to the ordering deadlines.

    Cap & Gown Deadlines

    Ship to Bookstore

    You will pick up your cap & gown from the bookstore prior to graduation

    March 15

    Ship to Home

    Your cap and gown will be shipped to your address within 2 weeks. *Additional charge for shipping and handling will be incurred.
    1st Deadline - April 5th

    2nd Deadline - April 17th

    You may call or visit the bookstore on campus for more information or order online at the link above. If you require assistance in acquiring your cap and gown, please fill out this form (click here).

  • We know your graduation is a significant milestone, and we want you to share your success with those who have helped you achieve it. There's no limit on how many guests you can bring to the ceremony.

  • Yes. Students are allowed to decorate their caps. Caps cannot have anything that dangles off the side of the cap that might interfere with the tassel. Decorations must be appropriate and not display obscene images or writing.

  • The Lafayette campus plans to live-stream this year's event. More information to come.

  • Graduates must remain for the entire ceremony. Graduates will be escorted by floor marshals and will not be permitted to leave Elliott Hall until the ceremony has concluded.

  • The ceremony usually lasts between 2 and 3 hours.

    Guests are asked to remain seated until the ceremony has ended to prevent disruption during the recognition of graduates.

  • Yes, a professional photographer will be present.  Pictures will be taken of each student as they are receiving their diploma cover. You are under no obligation to purchase any pictures. You will receive more information directly from the photographer a few weeks after commencement. Please make sure your address is correct in MyIvy and check your Ivy Tech email address for communications from the photographer.

  • Students and guests must park in the University Street Parking garage. Handicapped parking will be available there. 

    201 N University St
    West Lafayette, IN 47906

  • No outside food or drinks are allowed inside Elliott Hall of Music.

  • Elliott Hall of Music is ADA accessible with a ramp, elevator, and designated handicapped seating. For our deaf and hard-of-hearing guests, an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be at the ceremony to translate.

    The graduate procession into Elliott Hall and getting from your seat to the stage requires standing and climbing stairs. If you are unable to climb stairs or require assistance, arrangements can be made but it is important that you let us know ahead of time so a volunteer can be prepared to assist you. Contact the Director of Mental Health & Disability Support Services at ssmith1749@ivytech.edu  if you are in need of accommodations to participate in the ceremony.

Still have questions?

If you have any questions regarding commencement, stop by the Enrollment Center in Ivy Hall, or call 765-269-5311 or 800-669-4882 ext. 5311.

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