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Applying for Graduation

The online graduation application for December 2014, May 2015, and July 2015 is now open. Students may apply here: The priority deadline for application for December 2014 graduation was May 1, 2014, and the priority deadline for May and July 2015 is December 1, 2014. Applying for graduation by that date ensures that a student receives mailings and correspondence regarding the university commencement ceremony, and ensures that a student's name is printed in the university commencement ceremony program. (Please also make sure that your address is correct in OneStart, so that commencement-related mailings and your diploma are received.)

All IU students must apply to graduate with their schools.  IUB does not automatically award degrees once requirements are complete; students need to declare their intention by completing a graduation application. 

SPEA students are asked to complete an online graduation application after they've registered for their final semester of coursework--final spring semester for May or summer grads, final fall semester for December grads.  May and summer grads are asked to comply with a December 1 deadline, December grads with a May 1 deadline.

Commencement and SPEA Recognition Ceremony

The Indiana University Commencement Ceremony is held twice a year- once for May and summer graduates, in May, and once for December graduates, in December.  All programming for the ceremony is coordinated through the Office of University Ceremonies.  More information on Commencement, such as times, parking, cap and gown rental, and directions for students and parents can be found at their website

SPEA hosts its own yearly Recognition Ceremony, as well, on the Friday evening preceding May Commencement. This event will be on Friday, May 8, 2015. Intended to honor our graduates and welcome their families to Bloomington, we begin with appetizers and desserts at a reception.  Then we enjoy a ceremony with SPEA speakers and the recognition of each student, whose name is called as they walk across the stage to shake the Dean's hand.  As you won't be recognized individually at IU Commencement, this is a great opportunity to celebrate your accomplishment with your family.   Save the dates will be sent in late fall semester/early spring semester, and paper invitations and RSVPs will be sent out in March.

Changing your Graduation Date

What if you intend to graduate in May, apply for May graduation, and find that you need to take a summer course after all?  Or you've planned an extra semester, but decide to finish early?  Not to worry--simply contact the SPEA advising office to submit a change of graduation date form.  Please do not apply for graduation again.  Please note: We do not automatically roll your graduation date over to the next date (if you do not graduate as planned).  You must apply for a change in your graduation date if you intend to graduate later than anticipated.