Academic Ceremonies

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Commencement?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 4:30 p.m., in the arena of the Allen County Memorial Coliseum.

Who is eligible to attend the ceremony?

Students who completed degree requirements in December 2017. Students who anticipate completing degree requirements in May 2018 or either summer session 2018.

How do we get our caps and gowns?

You can purchase your apparel online through Herff Jones. You will also be able to order at the Grad Fair early in the spring semester.  Instructions will be emailed to your IPFW student email account. 

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Do we need tickets for the Commencement ceremony?

No tickets are necessary for the IPFW Commencement ceremony.

How do we know if we are graduating with honors?

Only undergraduate students are designated as graduating with honors (distinction or highest distinction).  Undergraduate students who are  graduating with honors and participating in the ceremony will receive an email regarding honor cords from the Academic Ceremonies office early in April.  Students may also contact their academic dean or advising office.

When will we actually receive our diplomas?

December and Summer graduates: will be notified by email (via their myIPFW email account) when diplomas are available 8 - 10 weeks after degree requirements are completed. 

May graduates: will be distributed immediately after the Commencement ceremony.  May graduates who do not attend the ceremony can pick up their diplomas in the Registrar's office (KT 107) beginning Monday, May 14.

Summer graduates: will be notified by email (via their myIPFW email account) when diplomas are available approximately 8 - 10 weeks after degree requirements are completed. 

What time do students need to be at the Coliseum?

Candidates for graduation are to line up by their department/degree sign in hallways of the Arena by 4 p.m. The signs include school, department, and degree.

Is there a rehearsal for students?

There is no rehearsal for students. Detailed instructions are emailed to your student account. Faculty marshals will lead the students throughout the ceremony. Read through the information sheet emailed to you after you purchase your cap and gown, pay attention to the speakers, and follow the leader (your faculty marshal). December graduates should continue to check their student email account throughout the spring semester.

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