Academic Ceremonies

Commencement Information

IPFW's Commencement Ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in the Memorial Coliseum.  We will try to answer your questions.  If you don't find what you need to know, email us and we will find the answer for you.  But first check out the column at the left or look below and see if we've got the information you need.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Students who completed their degree in December 2013
  • Tentative May 2014 candidates
  • Tentative summer 2014 candidates

Where do you get tickets?

  • No tickets are required for guests and there is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. 
  • Students must purchase their cap and gown so Academic Ceremonies staff know they plan to participate in the ceremony.

How long does the ceremony last?

  • The student and faculty processional will begin at 4 p.m. and lasts approximately 20 minutes.  The ceremony lasts about two hours, and the recessional begins around 6:30 p.m.

Is there a rehearsal for students?

  • There is no student rehearsal. Detailed instructions concerning the ceremony will be sent to students after they purchase their cap and gown.

What if you need special accommodations?

  • If you have disabilities requiring special accommodations, or if your guests include people with disabilities who wish to request special accommodations, please contact the Academic Ceremonies office at least two weeks prior to Commencement so appropriate arrangements can be made.

What happens after the ceremony?

  • Diplomas for May graduates will be distributed in Expo IV immediately following the ceremony.
  • A Graduation Celebration for the members of the 2014 graduating class, their guests, and the university community will be held in Expo II and III immediately following the Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 14, at the Coliseum.  Complimentary punch and snacks will be provided.  A cash bar will also be available.  No tickets are necessary for this celebration.  Doors to the celebration will be opened at the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony.

2014 Commencement

Wednesday, May 14

4 p.m.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum