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Commencement 2019

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 12:45 p.m.

The Kokomo Event and Conference Center
1500 North Reed Road (IN 931 N)
Kokomo, IN 46901

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  • Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
  • Graduates will be given a set number of tickets for their families and friends at cap and gown distribution.
  • Tickets will be required for Commencement due to limited seating change.
  • Parking is limited at the Event & Conference Center
  • Unlimited parking available on campus with shuttle service to the Event & Conference Center
  • Graduates must arrive by 11 a.m. and will robe in the former auto museum at the Event Center. You will find your designated area and will robe in your Commencement regalia with your fellow graduates. Please avoid bringing valuables with you.
  • The procession begins promptly at 12:45 p.m.
  • Guests should be seated by 12:45 p.m.

Graduates, please limit your number of guests who attend Commencement to four or fewer. Please ask your guests to arrive early, as doors open at 11:30 a.m. Once seating at the event center is full, guests will directed to the limited overflow space at the Event Center or back to campus where they can watch the live stream.

We strongly encourage additional family and friends to attend the live streaming of Commencement on campus on the IQ Wall in the Kelley Student Center cafeteria. They will be able to join you at the reception immediately following Commencement in Alumni Hall.

Can't make it to Commencement? Watch the live webcast!

Commencement will be live streamed so that anyone can watch from anywhere. The live webcast will begin streaming when the ceremony begins and can be viewed from the IU Kokomo website at the following address:

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.


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.

IU Diploma Frames

Display your diploma with pride in a walnut frame with a crimson matte and the IU seal embossed in gold. Frames are available to purchase online at or in the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the IU Kokomo campus.

Cap & Gown Distribution

You will pick up your cap and gown in the campus bookstore on April 22-25, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You will return your rental unit following the Commencement ceremony in your respective changing area at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center. If you return to campus after the ceremony, gowns may also be returned at the campus bookstore.

Commencement Rehearsal & Senior Salute

Commencement Rehearsal

May 3, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.

Senior Salute

Each year, we celebrate our graduating seniors! We want to treat you and your graduating classmates to a semi-formal evening of fellowship, a free meal and desserts, and the opportunity to make lasting memories and win fantastic door prizes.

Friday, May 3, 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall
Semi-formal or come as you are.

This event will also include a Graduation Cap Runway, allowing students to bring their decorated graduation caps for judging on a runway to win additional prizes! We strongly encourage you to bring your decorated cap on this night!

To R.S.V.P., please email Graduating students are permitted to bring one guest with them to this event.

Claim one year of free IU Alumni Association membership

IU Kokomo graduates may enroll for a free one-year membership to 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, discounted Cole Fitness Center membership, and much more.

Complete listing of member benefits

You may sign up for your free membership when you order and pick up your cap and gown, or sign up online.

Last updated: 12/17/2018