Commencement 2017

Commencement Information

Walk List This list will be updated every Friday by 12 pm

*Your name will be added to the Walk List AFTER ordering your cap and gown. The report for the Walk List is generated on Thursday afternoons. If you order after the report is pulled, your name will not appear on the Walk List until the following week.

School Recorders

School/Program Recorder Email
Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Tamea Rector
Judd Leighton School of Business & Economics Barbara Williams
Education Theresa Tepe
Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences Laurie Richards
Dental Education Sue Szczypka
Liberal Arts & Sciences Paul Foltz
Social Work Diane Banic
MBA/MSA Tracy White
Master of Liberal Studies Christy Almaguer
Master of Public Affairs Gabriel Popescu
MS in Math Joanne Miller
MS Computer & Information Sciences Linda Knefely
MA English Mckenzie Tozan

Grad Fair

10 am-5 pm Wednesday, February 22, University Grill
Pick up information on commencement, regalia, graduate programs, class rings, announcements, and more. Herff Jones representatives will be present.

Titan Toast

7-9 pm Thursday, April 20, University Grill

Celebrate your success! Graduating students are invited to gather for speeches from faculty and staff members, dessert, a photo booth, and a toast to celebrate your accomplishments.


Commencement will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 6 pm in the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Venue doors will open at 4:30pm. Please arrive by 5 pm. Park in the Joyce Lot and proceed to Gate 10. At Gate 10, you will be directed to the entrance to the Field House. Be prepared for a TEN minute walk. You must carry your cap and gown into the Field House; gowns should not be worn until you are in the Field House.

Graduates process in at 6 pm, with the ceremony beginning at 6:30 pm. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours and includes conferral of all degrees, a student speaker, and induction into the Indiana University Alumni Association. The names of individual graduates are read as they cross the stage and are congratulated by school deans and the Chancellor.

IU South Bend conducts one commencement exercise per year (upon conclusion of the spring semester). Students may participate in commencement if they graduated the previous December, graduated in May of the current year, or are candidates to graduate during the upcoming summer (June or August).


Diplomas are not distributed at the commencement exercise. Instead, graduates will be presented with a crimson-colored IU diploma cover. The actual diplomas should be available approximately six-eight weeks after students have been certified for graduation. Graduates will receive a notification from the Registrar when their diplomas are available for pick-up. Students must bring a photo ID to pick-up their diploma.

Please contact the Registrar to change how your name appears on your diploma.

Caps and Gowns

All graduates must order a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Your cap and gown order includes a black gown, stole of gratitude, cap, and tassel in the color of your academic discipline. The gown (and hood for Master’s students) is a rental and must be returned after the ceremony.

Only rental apparel is used for the IU South Bend Commencement Ceremony. Cap and gown orders may only be placed online at

  • Order before Monday, March 20, 2017 at regular pricing:
    Bachelor's will be $55.52 plus tax
    Master's will be $77.90 plus tax
  • After March 20, 2017, prices will increase to the following until March 27, 2017:
    Bachelor's will be $130.52 plus tax
    Master's will be $152.90 plus tax
  • After March 27, the only way you can get a gown is during distribution at the bookstore. Sizing will be limited and not guaranteed.
    Pricing during this time will be:
    Bachelor's will be $130.52 plus tax
    Master's will be $152.90 plus tax

Cap and Gowns will be available for pick up during normal hours Monday, April 24 through Thursday, April 27 in the Campus Bookstore. Contact Campus Bookstore (574.520.4309) for information regarding availability of caps and gowns during distribution week.

Robe Return

After the Commencement Ceremony, gowns will be returned to Campus/Alumni representatives in the Field House. Undergraduates may keep the cap, tassel, and stole. Master's students may keep the tassel and cap (NOT the hood). Stop by the Alumni table after returning your robe and receive a gift from the Alumni Association!

Graduating with Academic Distinction

To graduate with academic distinction, baccalaureate degree candidates must:

  • Rank within the highest 10% of the graduating class of their respective school,
  • Must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours at Indiana University, and
  • Must meet the IU cumulative GPA criteria outlined below
    • Distinction 3.70 - 3.799 Crimson
    • High Distinction 3.80 - 3.899 Cream
    • Highest Distinction 3.90 - 4.000 Crimson & Cream

Candidates who are awarded honors in general scholarship are distinguished by fourrageres, which are looped cords worn from the left shoulder during the commencement exercise. Honors are awarded by vote of the various faculties, and the fourrageres are provided by the university. The appropriate recognition is recorded on the individual's diploma as a permanent testimonial of achievement.

Graduates who are members of the nearly 60 nationally recognized honor societies listed here may also wear their societies’ honors cords* or medallions during Commencement. Cords also are available for purchase directly from the various society headquarters. Cords become the property of the student.
*note: "cords," not sashes or stoles

Honors cords are distributed by your academic unit, NOT the Alumni Office.

Tassel Placement

Candidates for first degrees wear tassels on the right sides of their caps until degrees have been announced by the IU President. After the conferral, bachelor and associate degree candidates grasp the tassel with the left hand and transfer it to the left side of the cap. Candidates who already have a degree wear their tassels on the left side.


Order your personalized announcements through the Campus Bookstore or online at

IU South Bend Alumni Association Membership

All IU graduates receiving a degree in 2017 may sign up for a free year of membership in the IU Alumni Association, which includes membership in your school or campus alumni association and your local alumni chapter.

Sign up for your free one-year membership

Join the IUAA and enjoy the benefits of being a member of one of largest alumni associations in the country. A portion of your membership dues are returned to the IU South Bend Alumni Association for programs, events, and services. Not only does your support make IU stronger, it makes IU South Bend stronger as well.

For questions call (574-520-4381) or e-mail