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Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013

2013 IU commencement season begins May 3 in Bloomington, concludes May 12 in Indianapolis

April 18, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will preside over 2013 commencement ceremonies this spring on seven campuses statewide, where 18,828 students will be eligible to receive 18,009 IU degrees, as well as 1,286 Purdue University degrees awarded through the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

Graduates, a quarter of whom are first-generation college students, come from every county in Indiana, every state in the United States, including the District of Columbia, and 127 countries.

IU Bloomington will award 8,880 degrees to 8,590 students as it celebrates its 184th commencement in three ceremonies, one for graduate students and two for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Assembly Hall. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 4, also in Assembly Hall, with a morning session starting at 10 a.m. and an afternoon session beginning at 3 p.m. The processions of graduates begin an hour and 15 minutes before the start of the ceremonies.

Mills College President Alecia DeCoudreaux, an alumna of the Maurer School of Law, will address students at the undergraduate commencement ceremonies and will receive an honorary doctorate. DeCoudreaux is a distinguished lawyer, educator and leader who was a senior executive at Eli Lilly and Co. before becoming president of Mills College in 2011.

Former Indiana State Sen. Vi Simpson also will receive an honorary doctoral degree during the undergraduate ceremonies. Simpson served in the Indiana Senate for 28 years.

New York Times columnist David Brooks will address students at the graduate commencement ceremony and will receive an honorary doctorate. Brooks is highly regarded for his political analysis, cultural commentary and writings. He can be seen on PBS News Hour as an expert commentator and is a frequent contributor to NPR, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Forbes and The Public Interest.

Commencement ceremony information by campus

IU Southeast, 4 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the IU Southeast Amphitheater. In case of rain, two ceremonies, one at noon and the second at 4 p.m., will take place in the IU Southeast Activities Building. There will be 1,193 IU degrees awarded to 1,128 students.

IU Kokomo, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, IU Kokomo Pavilion, to the east of Virgil and Elizabeth Hunt Hall. In case of rain, two ceremonies will take place in Havens Auditorium, one at 10:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. There will be 550 IU degrees awarded to 547 students.

IU South Bend, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame. There will be 1,064 IU degrees awarded to 1,045 students.

IU Northwest, 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 9, at the Genesis Center in Gary. There will be 662 IU degrees awarded to 661 students.

IU East, 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School. There will be 560 IU degrees awarded to 553 students.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, Halls A-B-C of the Indianapolis Convention Center. There will be 6,386 degrees awarded to 6,304 students, with 5,100 degrees awarded from IU and 1,286 degrees awarded from Purdue. The overall total also includes 213 degrees awarded to IUPU Columbus graduates.

Additional information:

With the exception of IUPUI, the above data on degrees awarded by each IU campus do not reflect Purdue University degrees, which are officially reported by that institution.

Additionally, IU's official reports do not include Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne counts of IU graduates.

For IU Bloomington, the number of graduates includes degree candidates from May, June and August, and graduate students whose degrees have been or will be awarded on a monthly basis from January to July 2013. While December commencement figures for IU Bloomington are not included in the May counts, it should be noted that 2,032 students were eligible to participate in the 2012 winter commencement ceremony.

For all other campuses, the figures include degree recipients from December 2012 and candidates for May, June and August 2013. Those numbers include graduate students whose degrees have been or will be conferred during the 2012-13 academic year.

More details on campus ceremonies and events are available through the Office of University Ceremonies.