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Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012

IU prepares for 2012 commencement season

April 19, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will preside over 2012 commencement ceremonies this spring on seven campuses statewide, where 18,019 students will be eligible to receive IU degrees. Additionally, 1,252 Purdue University degrees will be awarded through the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

IU Bloomington will award 8,829 degrees as it celebrates its 183rd commencement in three ceremonies, one for graduate students and two for undergraduates. A graduate ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, in Assembly Hall. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 5, 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 before the start of the ceremonies.

Booker T. Jones

Grammy-winning artist and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus Booker T Jones will address graduates at IU Bloomington's undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

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Grammy Award-winning artist and IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus Booker T Jones will address students at both undergraduate ceremonies and receive an IU honorary doctorate of music. He is the only IU alumnus elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

David L. Carden, the United States' first resident ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will address students at the graduate commencement ceremony. An alumnus of the IU Maurer School of Law, he will also serve as the keynote speaker at a separate ceremony for graduates of the law school.

Read the full press release about IU Bloomington's commencement speakers.

IU Bloomington student speakers

For the third consecutive spring, IU Bloomington has selected graduating seniors to speak at commencement. Sunjay Gorawara of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Lauren Sedam of Indianapolis were selected from a number of applicants to deliver this year's student addresses.

Commencement Student Speakers 2012

IU Bloomington graduating seniors and student commencement speakers Sunjay Gorawara and Lauren Sedam

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Gorawara will graduate with majors in finance and entrepreneurship from the Kelley School of Business and a minor in public and environmental affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Sedam will graduate with a major in journalism from the School of Journalism and a major in English and minor in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Commencement ceremony information by campus

IU Southeast, 4 p.m. Monday, May 7, 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. IU degrees will be awarded to 1,090 students.

IU Kokomo, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, to the east of Virgil and Elizabeth Hunt Hall. In case of rain, two ceremonies will be held in Havens Auditorium, one at 10:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. IU degrees will be awarded to 493 students.

IU South Bend, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame. IU degrees will be awarded to 1,068 students.

IU Northwest, 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 10, at the Genesis Center in Gary. IU degrees will be awarded to 799 students.

IU East, 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School. IU degrees will be awarded to 461 students.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, Halls A-B-C of the Indianapolis Convention Center. Degrees will be awarded to 6,531 students. IU degrees will be conferred upon 5,279 students and Purdue degrees will go to 1,252 students. The overall total also includes 206 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 (IPFW) 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 2012 to July 2012. While December commencement figures for IU Bloomington cannot be included in the May counts, it should be noted that 1,983 students were eligible to participate in the 2011 winter commencement ceremony.

For all other campuses, the figures include degree recipients from December 2011 and candidates for May, June and August 2012. Those numbers include graduate students whose degrees have been or will be conferred during the 2011-12 academic year.

Additional information on commencement ceremonies at IU is available at