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IU School of Informatics

Last modified: Tuesday, December 5, 2006

School of Informatics students earn early Christmas present: Diplomas

Dec. 5, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - There's plenty of reason for holiday cheer for some students at the Indiana University School of Informatics.

Ninety-four students at the school's campuses in Bloomington and the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis are expected to complete their course requirements and earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees at the end of the current semester.

J. Michael Dunn, dean of the IU School of Informatics

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"This is an important milestone for these students and we're proud of all of them," said Informatics Dean J. Michael Dunn. "Many will continue to advance their education in information technology and research, and others will begin their professional careers."

At Bloomington, 24 students will receive bachelor's and master's degrees in informatics; 16 will earn bachelor's and masters in computer science. At IUPUI, 30 students will receive bachelor's and master's degrees in informatics; 24 will receive bachelor's and master's degrees in media arts and science.

Many of the Bloomington graduates will participate in Winter Commencement 2006, Saturday, Dec. 16. Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at Assembly Hall. IUPUI has only one commencement, May 13, 2007, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

Some School of Informatics graduates will be entering immediately into jobs related to their studies. The average salary for graduates of the school is $43,000 per year.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that one in four jobs created between now and 2012 will be related to information technology. However, a national decline in the number of students seeking degrees in IT-related fields and the increasing demands of employers could lead to a significant worker shortage, industry officials warn.

"IT is crucial to help businesses innovate and with a shortage of qualified professionals, it's important that today's college students are aware of the tremendous opportunities available to them in this field," Dunn said.

Informatics is an evolving field that studies the impact of information technology and develops new uses for it in areas such as health, science, the arts, education, business and industry.

More than 1,000 students have graduated from the IU School of Informatics since its establishment in 2000. The school currently has more than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs at IU campuses throughout the state.

For more information, contact Joe Stuteville at 812-856-3141, 317-946-9930 or