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Winter Commencement 2009

More than 2,000 students were eligible to participate in the 2009 Winter Commencement ceremony at Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington.

Snowflakes swirl as grads make their way to the fieldhouse to line up for the processional.

Students snap pictures before the ceremony.

IU graduate and newly commissioned Army officer Andrew Roberts receives a certificate from U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. Gates, who received an honorary degree, was the commencement speaker.

Bachelor of general studies candidate Linda Long, administrative services coordinator for the School of Journalism, processes into Assembly Hall with her fellow graduates.

President Michael A. McRobbie and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates converse prior to the 2009 Winter Commencement ceremony. Gates, an IU alum, has served as Defense Secretary for both President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush.

Students chat with one another and look for friends and family in Assembly Hall seats as they process toward becoming Indiana University alumni.

Doctoral student Koruth Jacob Kythaparampil receives his hood from his advisor after completing his Ph.D. in mass communications.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers the commencement address to the 2009 winter graduates.

Students traditionally gather with family and friends in front of the Sample Gates for photos.