Everything You Need to Know About IUPUI Spring Commencement

Photo by Liz Kaye/Indiana University
Photo by Liz Kaye/Indiana University

Although most campus activities and classes have returned to normal since the beginning of the pandemic, one question that has sparked debate among undergraduate and graduate students alike has been whether or not graduates will be recognized individually by their respective schools in a smaller, more private recognition ceremony. 

IUPUI has made the decision to hold a commencement ceremony for all undergraduates who choose to attend at Carroll Stadium on May 14. This is the traditional commencement ceremony, though students will not walk across the stage and be handed their diplomas or be individually recognized. Due to the size of the entire undergraduate graduating class, it is typical that students' names are not announced individually and for diplomas to be mailed to you after graduation. 

Some schools and departments, such as the School of Liberal Arts, had made previous announcements that they did not have the budget to hold their own ceremonies this year. They have made announcements that they simply do not have the budget to hold a ceremony of this type, while others, like the Kelley School of Business and School of Science, have said they will be holding smaller ceremonies for their graduates where each graduate will be recognized by name and have the opportunity to walk across a stage and receive their diploma. Other schools, like the School of Education, said they will have a small reception to recognize their graduates where students and faculty will be able to talk to each other and refreshments will be provided.  

Spring commencement details were announced to students on February 18 via students’ IUPUI email accounts. Since that announcement, many students have come to the realization that the all undergraduate ceremony is only a recognition of the schools and students will not be recognized individually or be able to walk across the stage as they receive their diplomas. Because of this, many students started petitions to be able to walk across the graduation stage and be recognized individually. These students say it makes all of their hard work the last four years worth it. 

In light of this, each school, department, or program have chosen to hold their own smaller, more personal recognition events. The dates, times, and locations for those events are as follows:

IUPUI All Undergrad Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony

When: Saturday, May 14, at 4:00 p.m.

Where: IUPUI Carroll Stadium (soccer field)

Details: Students who arrive at the natatorium by 1:30 p.m. will proceed to the soccer stadium at 3 p.m. where graduates will stand to be recognized together as their respective schools are announced. 

 

Herron School of Art and Design

When: Friday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Madam Walker Legacy Center Theater

 

Kelley School of Business

When: Sunday, May 15

Where: Indiana Convention Center – Exhibit Hall J

Details: Processional starts at 1:30 p.m. Students and faculty should arrive no later than 1 p.m.

 

School of Dentistry

When: Saturday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Where: Old National Center, The Egyptian Room

 

School of Education

When: Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m.

Where: Madam Walker Legacy Center

Details: Casual graduate recognition reception with refreshments. Graduation regalia will not be worn for this event.

 

School of Engineering and Technology

When: Sunday, May 15

Where: Indiana Convention Center – Hall I

Details: Processional begins at 10:30 a.m. Graduates should arrive between 9-10 a.m.

 

School of Health and Human Sciences

When: Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Madam Walker Legacy Theater

Details: No graduation regalia should be worn to this event.

 

School of Informatics and Computing

When: Sunday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Indiana Convention Center – Hall K

 

School of Liberal Arts

When: Saturday May 14 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450

 

School of Medicine

When: Friday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Murat Theater, Old National Center

 

School of Nursing

When: Monday, May 16 at 6:15 p.m.

Where: Indiana Landmark Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN

Details: Faculty and Graduates must wear academic regalia for this program.

 

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

When: Saturday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Palmer Pierce Ballroom, NCAA Conference Center

 

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

When: Friday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450

Details: Graduates should arrive at 5:30 p.m. for check in and procession.

 

School of Science

When: Sunday, May 15

Where: Indiana Convention Center – Hall I

Details: Processional begins at 1:45 p.m. Graduates should arrive by 12:45 p.m.

 

School of Social Work

When: Saturday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: ES Breezeway and surrounding areas, IUPUI campus


Updated April 20, 2022 with new location for School of Liberal Arts reception.


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