Academic Ceremonies

When is Commencement?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 4 p.m., in the Allen County Memorial Coliseum Arena.

Who is eligible to attend the ceremony?

Students who completed degree requirements in December 2015.

Students who anticipate completing degree requirements in May 2016 or either summer session 2016.

How do we get our caps & gowns?

     Beginning December 19, 2015 you can purchase your apparel online through Herff Jones.  You will also be able to order them at the Grad Fair on February 23rd and 24th.  Instructions will be emailed to your IPFW student email account. 

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 in mid March.

A tentative listing of honors should be available in the Ceremonies office the second week of March. Students may also contact their academic dean or advising office.

When will we actually receive our diplomas?

December graduates will be notified by email (via their myIPFW email account) when diplomas are available.

Diplomas for 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 16.

Summer graduates will be notified by email (at their myIPFW email account) when their diplomas are available.

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 3:30 p.m. 

The signs include school, department, and degree.

Is there a rehearsal for students? 

There is no rehearsal for students.

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).

How will we know what to do?

All commencement related instructions will be mailed to your IPFW student email.  It is essential that you (including December 2015 graduates) continue to check your IPFW student email throughout the spring semester.