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Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Motorists should expect delays traveling to IU Bloomington commencement

May 3, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Highway construction on the north side of Bloomington is expected to cause traffic delays for Indiana University Bloomington commencement ceremonies this weekend.

IU officials are encouraging graduates' friends and family members, especially those coming from the north, to allow extra time for the drive and to be patient. Motorists may want to take an alternative route to avoid the intersection of North College Avenue and Ind. 46.

Because of construction, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction at the intersection of College Avenue and the Ind. 46 Bypass. Motorists attempting to reach Assembly Hall from north of Bloomington via the College Avenue or Ind. 46 exit from Ind. 37 are likely to experience delays.

On Saturday, officers with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department will assist IU Police Department officers in directing and regulating traffic and parking, said IUPD Chief Keith C. Cash. Officers will be stationed at heavily traveled intersections near Assembly Hall to keep traffic moving.

Additional information and directions are available at

Commencement ceremonies for Indiana University Bloomington graduates will take place Friday (May 6) and Saturday (May 7) at Assembly Hall (1001 E. 17th St., Bloomington, IN 47408). They include:

  • Friday, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for business, education, HPER, music, nursing, public and environmental affairs and social work
  • Saturday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for arts and sciences, continuing studies, informatics and computing, journalism and optometry

While there is a 3 -hour gap between the two Saturday ceremonies, graduates and some audience members will begin arriving early for the afternoon ceremony. Congestion can be reduced if those who attend the morning ceremony don't linger at Assembly Hall but travel to other locations on campus or in Bloomington to celebrate graduation.

For more information, see the IU Office of Ceremonies website, A news release with additional information about Indiana University commencement ceremonies is at