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2023 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 13
11 a.m.

Belterra Casino Resort 
777 Belterra Dr, Florence, IN 47020

Students who plan to complete the requirements of their degree at the end of Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023 semesters are invited to participate. There is no summer Commencement Ceremony.

Important steps to participate in Commencement

  • Students must have a completed graduation application on file by Wednesday, March 15th, 2023, in order to receive their RSVP link for Commencement. To apply for graduation, visit MyIvy and search Apply to Graduate.
  • RSVP to attend Commencement by March 15th, 2023. Students who have a completed graduation application on file will receive the RSVP link via email.

Commencement Agenda

The Ivy Tech Madison Commencement ceremony will be at 11:00am on Saturday, May 13th in the Center Stage Showroom at Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Indiana. The ceremony usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes. Graduating students’ names will be announced, and students will cross the stage to be recognized for their achievements. Given the size of the space used for the ceremony, all graduates will receive a short survey to confirm your attendance at the ceremony, as well the number of guests you plan to bring. This survey will be sent to your Ivy Tech student email address. Graduating students should assemble at Belterra no later than 10:00am to prep for the 11:00am start time. We will have staff present to direct students. Be sure to leave all valuables, including cell phones and purses, with family and/or friends prior to the lineup.


Families are welcome to take pictures or video, but must remain in their seats so they don’t block the view of the stage for other guests. A professional photographer will be taking photographs of the graduates as they walk across the stage and another close-up shot with their diploma. After the ceremony, the photographer will email proofs to you. Proofs can be viewed online at


At Commencement, students will receive their diploma covers as names are announced and they walk across the stage. Actual diplomas are mailed after the ceremony according to the following timeline:

Fall graduates in February | Spring graduates in July | Summer graduates in September

If students are unable or do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony, diploma covers can be picked up in the Enrollment Center at the Madison campus.


Public parking. 

Caps, Gowns and Tassels

Students participating in the Commencement Ceremony are required to wear a cap and gown.

Graduation caps and gowns can be purchased online for $45.98 plus tax by visiting: Below are the deadlines for purchasing your cap and gown:

  • Ship to the Ivy Tech Bookstore: March 26th, 2023 (free delivery)
  • Ship to home: April 21st, 2023 (an additional $15.95 shipping fee)
  • Limited in store stock will be available after the deadlines, however, sizes will vary. Be sure to purchase the tassel color assigned to your degree/certificate:

Associates = solid green | Technical Certificate = solid white | Certificate = solid gray

Announcements, Invitations and rings

These items can be ordered online through the following link:

Academic honor cords

Honor cords are awarded to graduates who have earned a cumulative GPA (grade point average), at the end of the Fall semester, of 3.50 or higher. Honor cords will be distributed on the day of Commencement, prior to the start of the ceremony.

phi theta kappa members

Members of Phi Theta Kappa are permitted to wear the Phi Theta Kappa stole and tassel for Commencement. It is your choice to wear either the Phi Theta Kappa tassel or the Ivy Tech tassel with your Phi Theta Kappa stole. However, you cannot wear both tassels. See your Phi Theta Kappa advisor for more information on ordering your stole and tassel.

Special Arrangements

Students who have special needs (such as wheelchairs) should contact the Enrollment Center prior to the commencement ceremony. At the ceremony, ushers will be available to help family members with special needs.

Questions about your degree requirements?

Contact Madison's campus at 812-265-2580 with questions about your graduation application, diploma, or any other related questions about the completion of your associate degree or certificate.