Commencement Preparation

Titan Toast - Canceled

Celebrate your success on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 pm in the University Grill. We’ll have encouragement and advice, dessert, photo opportunities, and a toast to celebrate your accomplishments.


Commencement will be held Tuesday, May 12 in the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, 113 Joyce Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556.  Venue doors will open at 5:00 pm. Graduates process in at 5:45 pm, with the ceremony beginning around 6:00 pm. The ceremony lasts about 2 hours and includes conferral of all degrees, a student speaker, and induction into the IU 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 in a crimson-colored IU diploma cover. The actual diplomas should be available approximately 6-8 weeks after students have been certified for graduation. Graduates will receive a notification from the Registrar’s office when their diplomas are available for pick-up. Students must bring a photo ID to pick-up their diploma.

Please contact your School recorder to change how your name appears on your diploma. 

Ernestine M. Raclin School of the ArtsTamea Rector
Judd Leighton School of Business & EconomicsBarbara Williams
EducationPatty Midili
Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health SciencesLaurie Richards
Liberal Arts & SciencesPaul Foltz
Social WorkSocial Work Department
MBA/MSABarbara Williams
Master of Liberal StudiesChristy Almaguer
Master of Public AffairsGabriel Popescu
MS in MathJoanne Miller
MS Computer & Information SciencesLinda Knefely
MA EnglishChu He

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. You may keep the cap, tassel, and stole of gratitude.

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

Order before 11:59pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at regular pricing:
Associate or Bachelor's: $70.30 (+ tax)
Master's: $93.80 (+ tax)

On Friday, March 27, 2020Prices will increase to the following until 11:59pm, April 2, 2020:
Associate or Bachelor's: $145.30 (+ tax)
Master's: $168.80 (+ tax)

After Thursday, April 2, 2020 the only way you can get a gown is during distribution at the bookstore (beginning April 29). Sizing will be limited and not guaranteed.
Associate or Bachelor's: $145.30 (+ tax)
Master's: $168.80 (+ tax)

Contact Campus Bookstore (574.520.4309) for information regarding the availability of caps and gowns after order period.

Cap and Gowns will be available during normal hours beginning April 29 in the Campus Bookstore during regular business hours.

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).

Graduating with Academic Distinction

To graduate with academic distinction, baccalaureate degree candidates must:

Baccalaureate degree candidates may check with their school’s recorder about graduating with academic distinction. There are three levels: Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction.

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 move 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

Being an IU alum is forever! All IU graduates are eligible to sign up for a free level of membership with the IU Alumni Association.

At the IU Alumni Association, we believe your IU journey doesn’t end at graduation. Our mission is to further the future of our alma mater and keep alumni connected for life. Even if you are moving after graduation, we have IU alumni chapters throughout the world to keep you connected!

Connect with the IU Alumni Association here

Class Rings

Ring display and brochures are located in the Alumni Office and may be ordered on campus or online at


No tickets are required.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Assistance

The ceremony will be open captioned on video screens. For further information regarding the open captioning please contact our office.  Special Needs seating is limited to the Joyce Center's designated areas. Space is limited, so there will be no reserved seating.

Graduation Photos

Photographs may be taken at any point during the ceremony; however, you may be restricted from photographing from certain areas. The IU South Bend Alumni Association contracts a photographer to take photos of the graduates in their caps and gowns. Graduates do not need to sign up for these photographs before the ceremony. A photographer will take their picture after they step from the stage holding their diploma covers. Proofs and order forms will be mailed to you after graduation.

Indiana University South Bend

1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574-520-4872