Frequently Asked Questions


IU Kokomo Commencement
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
The Kokomo Event Center

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Where do I get my cap, gown, tassel and announcements?

You will receive a flyer from Herff Jones, Inc., that will have information for ordering your cap, gown, and announcements. In addition to academic regalia, university class rings will also be available for purchase.

All graduates must rent a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. If you do not receive the flyer or need a replacement, call the IU Kokomo Office of Alumni Relations at (765) 455-9411. You may place your order during Grad Fair, March 3 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall. You may order online through March 13 to take advantage of earlyorder pricing.  There is a $75 fee for orders placed after March  All orders must be received by March 27. If you can not make it to the Grad Fair, please go to

You will pick up your cap and gown outside the IU Kokomo bookstore (Barnes and Noble), April 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. You will return your rental unit on campus following the Commencement ceremony in your designated robing room at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center. 

What about academic distinction cords?

Academic distinction cords awarded by the university will be presented to graduates on Commencement day by the faculty marshal of each division. Only academic distinction cords awarded for academic achievement may be worn during the ceremony.

Indiana University candidates who have tentatively earned academic distinction in general scholarship are distinguished by fourragéres, which are looped cords worn from the left shoulder. Fourragéres with cream and crimson cords indicate highest distinction; those with all cream cords indicate high distinction; and those with all crimson cords indicate distinction.

Fourragéres, pins, medallions, etc., awarded by honoraries or societies that do not recognize academic achievement may not be worn during the ceremony.

Where is the commencement rehearsal?

Friday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, a 30-minute rehearsal of the Commencement ceremony is scheduled. The details of the event are outlined and questions answered. Attendance for the rehearsal is not required. On May 8, immediately following Commencement rehearsal, we will have a reception to welcome all December 2014 and May and August 2015 graduates to the IU Alumni Association. Join us for an evening of music and fun! To make your reservations, go online to

Where is the ceremony?

The Commencement ceremony will be held at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center at 1500 N Reed Rd (US931), Kokomo, IN.

Post-Commencement Reception

Immediately following the Commencement ceremony, join fellow graduates, family members, faculty, and staff for a reception at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center.

Do I need tickets for seating?

No.  There is plenty of seating for all friends and family of our graduates.

What if it rains?

The ceremony is indoors and will be held rain or shine.

Seating and Parking For The Physically Challenged

There is designated accessible seating and parking at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center.

Where can I get my diploma and photos?


The Office of the Registrar will notify you when your diploma will be available. August graduates will not receive their diplomas until all academic requirements have been completed.

Graduation Photo

During the ceremony, you will receive congratulations from IU Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. A professional photographer will capture this important moment in a photo. The photographer will contact you about obtaining a proof of the photo and ordering information a few weeks after Commencement.

IU Diploma Frames

Display your diploma with pride in a walnut frame with a crimson matte and the IU seal embossed in gold. Purchase your frame online at The price is $60 and must be picked up in the Office of Alumni Relations in the Main Building rm 127. No Shipping Available.

If you have any questions, please call the IU Kokomo Office of Alumni Relations, (765) 455-9411 or e-mail

Now that I'm an alumni, how can I stay in touch?

Great News!

IU Kokomo graduates may enroll for a free one-year membership in the Indiana University Alumni Association. Membership benefits include a subscription to the Indiana Alumni Magazine (six issues per year), access to career counseling, discount-priced IU merchandise offerings, IUAA’s educational travel, group insurance, and credit card. For a complete listing of member benefits, visit You may sign up for your free membership when you order and pick up your cap and gown.

Don’t Get Lost!

Be sure to let the alumni office know your whereabouts should you relocate to a new residence, and any other pertinent information about yourself, e.g., job changes, promotions, awards, marriages, births, etc. Stay informed and involved. Be an active alumnus/a of Indiana University Kokomo!