Indiana University to graduate 19,344 students at seven campuses this spring

  • May 4, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Broadcast-quality video of graduate commencement at 3 p.m. Friday and undergraduate commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday will be delivered live to Indianapolis television stations via the Bloomington-to-Indy fiber link. All members of the IU community and the general public are invited to view the events via live-stream broadcasting at, where it will also be available on an archived basis.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will preside over 2015 commencement ceremonies this spring on seven campuses statewide, where 19,344 students will be eligible to receive 18,407 IU degrees, as well as 1,392 Purdue University degrees awarded through the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

Three IU campuses – IU Bloomington, IU Kokomo and IU Southeast -- will see changes to their commencement ceremony locations this year.

Graduates this year represent each of Indiana’s 92 counties, all 50 states and 126 countries. First-generation students represent 27 percent of the graduating class; 57 percent are female; and 72 percent are residents of Indiana.

IU Bloomington will award 8,883 degrees to 8,584 students as it celebrates its 186th commencement in two ceremonies, one for graduate students and one for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, in John Mellencamp Pavilion, 1001 E. 17th St. An undergraduate ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at IU Memorial Stadium, 1001 E. 17th St.

Sage Steele, an Indiana University alumna who is one of today’s most versatile and accomplished sports television personalities, will speak at IU Bloomington's undergraduate commencement. 

C. David Allis, a molecular biologist and IU alumnus whose work has potential benefits in fighting many diseases, including cancer, will speak at IU’s graduate commencement ceremony May 8.

Commencement ceremony information by campus:

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in Halls A-B-C of the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. There will be 6,633 degrees awarded to 6,547 students, with 5,241 awarded from IU and 1,392 awarded from Purdue.

IU Southeast, 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, at Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. Fourth St. in Louisville. The center was selected to accommodate larger groups in greater comfort and convenience, and to provide graduates and their families with a more celebratory experience. There will be 1,053 degrees awarded to 1,011 students.

IU Kokomo, 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road. IU Kokomo will begin a new tradition of an indoor ceremony, with the ceremony in the afternoon rather than the morning. The move allows the event to take place in the same location regardless of weather, with no tickets required. There will be 637 degrees awarded to 633 students.

IU South Bend, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the Joyce Center. There will be 1,054 degrees awarded to 1,046 students. 

IU Northwest, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Genesis Center, at Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Gary. There will be 790 degrees awarded to 781 students.

IU East, 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Tiernan Center. No tickets are required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be 749 degrees awarded to 742 students.

Additional information:

With the exception of IUPUI, the above data on degrees awarded by each IU campus do not reflect Purdue University degrees, which are officially reported by that institution.

Additionally, IU's official reports do not include Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne counts of IU graduates. That ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

For IU Bloomington, the number of graduates includes degree candidates from May, June and August, and graduate students whose degrees have been or will be awarded on a monthly basis from January to July 2015. While December commencement figures for IU Bloomington are not included in the May counts, it should be noted that 1,682 students were eligible to participate in the 2014 winter commencement ceremony.

For all other campuses, the figures include degree recipients from December 2014 and candidates for May, June and August 2015. Those numbers include graduate students whose degrees have been or will be conferred during the 2014-15 academic year.

Media Contacts

Mark  Land

Associate vice president, IU Communications

Ryan  Piurek

Director of strategic communications, IU Communications