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Last modified: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

IU to celebrate spring commencement

Total of 18,215 IU and Purdue degrees to be conferred at eight campuses

April 17, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A total of 16,327 students will be eligible to receive degrees from Indiana University during commencement exercises on all eight of IU's campuses during May. The IU commencement week begins on May 6 and concludes on May 14.

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In Bloomington, where 7,222 students will be eligible to participate, IU President Adam W. Herbert will preside over two ceremonies on May 6 in Assembly Hall, the first scheduled for 10 a.m. and the second at 3 p.m. Herbert will offer remarks to graduates, friends and family members before giving the official charge to the Class of 2006. Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael A. McRobbie also will offer remarks before formally presenting the class for graduation.

IU alumnus Michael Uslan, one of Hollywood's most accomplished movie producers, will present the commencement address. Uslan, who is best known as executive producer of the Batman movies, earned three degrees from Indiana University: bachelor of arts in history (1973), master of science in urban education (1975) and doctor of jurisprudence (1976). For a feature story which includes biographical information on Uslan and his many accomplishments, go to

There also are 1,888 Purdue University degrees that will be conferred this spring on IU campuses. Those degrees will be awarded in seperate ceremonies at IU Southeast, IU Kokomo and IU South Bend. At IUPUI, IPFW and IU East, IU and Purdue and IU degrees will be conferred in joint ceremonies.

IU commencement ceremonies and the number of graduates eligible for degrees, including Purdue University degrees awarded on campuses that have Purdue programs, are as follows:

IU Southeast -- May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the IU Southeast Amphitheatre in New Albany. Degrees will be awarded to 949 students, including 918 from IU and 31 from Purdue.

IU Kokomo -- May 9 at 10:30 a.m. on the east side of the IU Kokomo Library in Kokomo. Should inclement weather occur, there will be two ceremonies at Havens Auditorium, one at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m. Degrees will be awarded to 534 students, with 487 degrees being from IU and 47 from Purdue.

IU South Bend -- May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Joyce Center in South Bend. Degrees will be awarded to 1,236 students, including 1,196 from IU and 40 from Purdue.

IPFW -- May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Coliseum. Degrees will be awarded to 1,725 students, with 990 degrees being from IU and 735 from Purdue.

IU Northwest -- May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Genesis Center in Gary. Degrees will be awarded to 806 students, all degrees being from IU.

IU East -- May 12 at 6 p.m. at the Tiernan Center in Richmond. Degrees will be awarded to 313 students, including 283 from IU and 30 from Purdue.

IUPUI -- May 14 at 3 p.m. at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Degrees will be awarded to 5,430 students, with 4,340 degrees being from IU and 967 from Purdue. This number includes 123 students from the IU Columbus campus, with 85 of those degrees being from IU and 38 from Purdue.

For Bloomington, these figures include degree candidates for May, June and August, as well as graduate students whose degrees have been or will be awarded on a monthly basis from January through July. For all other campuses, these figures include degree recipients from December 2005 and degree candidates for May, June and August 2006. Also included are graduate students whose degrees have been or will be awarded on a monthly basis during the 2005-06 academic year.

While the total number of spring graduates from IUB does not include 1,915 degrees conferred in December 2005, those students are also eligible to participate in the May commencement exercises.

Four individuals will receive honorary degrees from Indiana University at four campuses. They are:

At IU South Bend, Doctor of Science -- Dr. Roland Chamblee, a physician and community activist noted for his pro bono work to bring health care to the poor.

At IPFW, Doctor of Humane Letters -- Richard Inskeep, president and publisher of The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne since 1973 and a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

At IU Northwest, Doctor of Humane Letters -- Harry Petrakis, fiction writer.

At IUPUI, Doctor of Humane Letters -- Karl Zimmer Jr., former chair and CEO of Zimmer Paper Products, Inc., and former director of the Indiana Humanities Council.

Additionally, IUPUI will present a Purdue honorary degree to William B. Wylam, chairman, Electricore, Inc., and corporate director, Technology for Remy International, Inc. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.