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Diplomas are distributed by the Office of the Registrar approximately six to eight weeks after students have been certified for graduation. The Office of the Registrar will notify graduates when their diploma is available for pickup. Please bring a photo ID to pick-up your diploma.

Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement.

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

Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts
Tamea Rector

Judd Leighton School of Business & Economics
Barbara Williams

Patty Midili

Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences
Laurie Richards

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Brianna Liras

Social Work
Social Work Department

Barbara Williams

Master of Liberal Studies
Christy Almaguer

Master of Public Affairs
James M. Smith

MS Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
Peter Conner

MA English
Rebecca Brittenham

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Walk List

Here is a list of those who have ordered their cap and gown, who we expect to participate in Commencement on May 10. This list is updated as of August 28, 2022. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

View current walk list

Caps and Gowns

All participants must wear custom IU apparel at Commencement. Graduates rent their gowns (and hood for masters degrees) from Herff Jones and return them in the mailer provided after the ceremony. Associate and master degree candidates keep their caps and tassels. Bachelor degree candidates keep their caps, tassels, and stoles of gratitude. Friday, April 22 is the final deadline to place your order.

After Friday, April 22 the only way to get a cap and gown is the day of Commencement at the Joyce Center starting at 4 pm. Sizing and availability will be limited. Cash payment only.
Bachelor cap, gown, tassel, stole: $180
Master cap, gown, tassel, hood: $220
Stole: $40
Tassel: $20
Cap: $20

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Graduating with Academic Distinction

Graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.9 and who complete at least 60 credit hours at IU South Bend are graduated with highest distinction; those with a minimum GPA of 3.8 and who complete at least 60 credit hours at IU South Bend are graduated with high distinction; and those with a minimum GPA of 3.65 and who complete at least 60 credit hours at IU South Bend are graduated with distinction. These honors are noted on diplomas and students who earn academic distinction are invited to wear university provided fourragéres, looped cords worn from the left shoulder, at Commencement.

Some programs limit the number of students awarded distinction to the top 10 percent of the graduating class. Others may use different criteria for awarding distinction. Baccalaureate degree candidates may check with their school’s recorder about graduating with academic distinction.

Fourragéres will be distributed by your academic unit, not the Alumni Office.

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Honor Cords from Greek Honor Societies

Graduates who are members of the nearly 60 nationally recognized honor societies may also wear their societies’ honors cords* or medallions during Commencement. Cords are available for purchase directly from the various society headquarters and become the property of the student.

*note: “cords,” not sashes or stoles

View the full list of Honors Insignia from Greek Honor Societies

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Announcements, Class Rings, and Diploma Frames

Order your personalized announcements, class ring or diploma frame through Herff Jones.

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