Undergraduate Ceremony

Get Ready for the Undergraduate Ceremony

You are invited to participate in the 2024 Spring Undergraduate Commencement if you are completing degree requirements between fall term 2023 and summer term 2024.

There is no winter or summer Commencement ceremony.

Date: To Be Announced

TBAGraduates should be arriving. Gates open for guests. 
TBAStudents should be at the line-up area for photography and the processional lineup.
TBAApproximate graduate processional start time.
TBACeremony begins.
TBACeremony ends.

Graduate parking will be at the Sports Complex and Riverwalk Garages. All graduates MUST enter the IUPUI Natatorium through the Sports Complex Garage.

Graduate dropoff is on New York Street, just east of University Blvd., beneath the pedestrian skywalk connecting the Natatorium and Education building.

Graduate accessible dropoff is at the northeast corner of University Blvd. and New York Street. There is a tent at this location with event staff available to assist.


-There are several road construction projects in and around downtown Indianapolis, so please plan your driving route in advance to avoid possible delays.

Graduates will meet in the IUPUI Natatorium Gym no later than 8:00 a.m. After being photographed, graduates will be directed to their specific school locations, designated by signage inside the pool seating area. Graduates line up by school shortly before the procession begins.

 At 9:00 a.m., graduates will be led by faculty marshals from the IUPUI Natatorium to Caroll Stadium, then seated for the ceremony.  After all graduates are seated, the platform party (those sitting on stage) will enter and be seated before the ceremony begins.

Graduates should wear comfortable dress shoes as there will be periods of standing and walking extended distances.

Details for faculty can be viewed here.

Tickets are not issued for Commencement, and graduates can bring as many guests as they wish. Guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis in sections not reserved for graduates. Ushers will be stationed throughout the stadium to direct guests to the best possible seats.

Accessible seating is available for guests in wheelchairs and with limited mobility. See the accessibility accommodations page for more information.

Graduate seating is arranged by school and occupies the field in Carroll Stadium. Faculty marshals will lead you in the procession, then direct you to designated seating by school. Upon entering your row, please sit in the next available chair. At the beginning of the ceremony, all graduates and faculty will rise and remain standing through the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

At the end of Commencement, please remain in your seat. Faculty marshals will direct all graduates to exit by row.

Full of pageantry and traditions, Commencement is the grand culmination of your college journey—and it is an experience you’ll remember and cherish! The ceremony includes a Commencement speaker, remarks from President Whitten and interim Chancellor Klein, a student speaker, induction into the Indiana and Purdue University Alumni Associations, and the conferral of degrees.

During the conferral of degrees, undergraduate candidates are recognized together by their school deans. Because of the large number of graduates, individual names are not announced. Consider also attending your school recognition event for a more focused program.

Remember, all graduates participating in Commencement will receive a lovely Indiana or Purdue University diploma cover at the ceremony. Your diploma will be mailed to your home address at a later date.

Students who complete all requirements and apply to graduate by their programs’ stated deadlines will have their names printed in the Commencement program. Programs will be provided at the ceremony or you can download one.

If you are not sure if you met your program’s deadline, please contact the recorder’s office in your school.

If you have concerns about how your name is listed in the program, please contact the Commencement team at commence@iupui.edu no later than April 10.

Graduates will be part of a recession back to the IUPUI Natatorium and should coordinate a meeting place with family and friends nearby.

Graduates must return their apparel in the mailer provided by Herff Jones. Failure to return apparel may result in a fine, so do not skip this important step. Caps, tassels, cords, and stoles of gratitude (for undergraduate degrees) do not need to be returned; keep them as mementos of this exciting day!

For questions or to replace missing labels, please contact Patrick Cavazos with Herff Jones at pcavazos@herffjones.com.


Stop by the IUPUI Campus Center from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to purchase final momentos (or alumni souvenirs) in the bookstore or for any food or beverage needs.

-Do not bring umbrellas, briefcases, or other personal items, as they cannot be stored during Commencement. Ponchos will be provided in case of rain.

-Wear business or business casual attire with comfortable—though formal—footwear.

-Wait until you arrive at lineup to put on your cap and gown.

-All degree candidates are expected to stay for the entire ceremony. This is a years-long academic journey, you don’t want to skip out now!

-No alcoholic beverages, fireworks, balloons, or signs are permitted at Commencement.

-Don’t forget to return your apparel by May 31.  Find return instructions here.


-Stop by the IUPUI Campus Center from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for any last-minute gifts in the bookstore or for any food or beverage needs.

-Guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so come early for the best seat.

-Given the size of the Commencement audience, large parties are not allowed to save seats. Instead, we ask groups to gather outside and come in together. An usher can help you find group seating.

-Because of the large number of graduates, we are unable to introduce each graduate by name.

-To ensure that all attendees have an unobscured view of the ceremony and graduates, signs, placards, and banners are not permitted. Additionally, please do not bring packages, large bags, or balloons.

-No alcoholic beverages are permitted at Commencement.

-Consider surprising your graduate with flowers by pre-ordering a bouquet that will be ready when you arrive at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

-Check out special offers and pre-order a photo package of your graduate. After graduation, view the graduation portraits taken by GradImages.

Event organizers and venues will not be responsible for lost items.


You can order formal announcements through Herff Jones to share with all of your family and friends.

Have loved ones who won’t be able to make the trip in person? Let them know that they can visit this site on Commencement Day and celebrate with you virtually.


Professional photographs will be taken of each degree candidate at IUPUI Commencement.

You’ll receive detailed instructions and an identification card in the robing area.