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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Last modified: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

IU to hold commencements May 9 through May 15

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EDITOR'S NOTE: AS OF TODAY, ALL UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES ARE OPERATING AS NORMAL. HOWEVER, UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO MONITOR RECOMMENDATIONS FROM STATE AND FEDERAL ENTITIES REGARDING THE NORTH AMERICAN HUMAN INFLUENZA A (SWINE FLU). IF PEOPLE EXPECTING TO ATTEND COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES ON ANY IU CAMPUS HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING SCHEDULING STATUS, CONTINUOUS UPDATES ARE AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.INDIANAUNIVERSITY.INFO/.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie will preside over May commencement ceremonies at eight campuses where a total of 16,901 students are eligible to receive IU degrees. Commencement week begins on May 9 (Saturday) at IU Bloomington and concludes on May 15 at IU East in Richmond (Friday).

At IU Bloomington, in the campus's 180th graduation ceremony, Justice Michael Kirby, an acclaimed human-rights advocate who recently retired from the Australian High Court, will present the commencement address on May 9, where he also will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. The Bloomington campus will award 7,358 degrees during two ceremonies in Assembly Hall. The morning ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and the afternoon ceremony at 3 p.m.

There also are 1,838 Purdue University degrees to be conferred on IU campuses, mostly in separate ceremonies. IU commencement information and the number of graduates eligible for degrees at each, including Purdue University degrees awarded on campuses that have Purdue programs, are:

For Bloomington, the number of graduates includes degree candidates for May, June and August, and graduate students whose degrees have been or will be awarded on a monthly basis from January 2009 to July 2009. For other campuses, the figures include degree recipients from December 2008 and candidates for May, June and August 2009. Those numbers also include graduate students whose degrees have been or will be awarded during the 2008-09 academic year.

Honorary Degrees

Two Indiana University honorary degrees will be conferred at commencement ceremonies on two campuses this spring. Additionally, Purdue University will confer two honorary degrees at the IUPUI ceremony.

At IU Bloomington, commencement speaker Justice Michael Kirby will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kirby, who recently retired from the Australian High Court, is an acclaimed human-rights advocate. Read more about Kirby in a recent IU news release.

At IUPUI, three people will receive honorary degrees, one from Indiana University and two from Purdue University.

There will be a live (and archival) steam of both IU Bloomington ceremonies at www.broadcast.iu.edu.


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