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Commencement Day

Saturday, April 29, 2017 ~ 2:00 pm

Spring Commencement Ticket Information

Attention: Commencement Travel Alert

There are several road closures in our area:

Road closures scheduled for April 27th and lasting up to 5 days are Old Terre Haute Rd, Manilla Street, Second and Niblack Intersection, and State Street. These roads will be closed at the crossings to the tracks. They will likely be closed at the nearest major intersection with a "soft closure" and a detour sign.

The best route is to take Hart Street (exit) to Second Street. Turn right onto Second Street and head towards the PE Complex by following the signs. Have a safe trip and we are looking forward to celebrating Commencement!


Two rehearsals will be held in the PE Complex for commencement: one on Thursday, April 27 at 11:00 AM and the other on Friday, April 28 at 2:00 PM.  You only need to attend one of the rehearsals, but all graduates are requested to attend a rehearsal, regardless of the degree you will receive.  


9:00 AM - Honors Convocation - Red Skelton Performing Arts Center
12:30 PM - Doors of PE Complex Open - Admittance by TICKET ONLY
1:00 PM - Students report to the Student Recreation Center for line-up
2:00 PM - Commencement ceremony begins

Caps, gowns and tassels may be picked up at the Old Post Bookstore beginning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24, 25 & 26 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.  The cost of the set, which the graduate keeps, is $30.00 plus tax for Associate degree graduates and $40.00 plus tax for Baccalaureate degree graduates. Additional tassels may be purchased for $5.00 each. Graduates purchasing a cap and gown on one of these 3 days may request up to 6 tickets to the Commencement ceremony (graduates do not need a ticket).  Although caps and gowns will be available after April 26, ONLY STUDENTS PURCHASING A CAP AND GOWN ON APRIL 24, 25, or 26 ARE GUARANTEED 6 TICKETS.  Any remaining tickets will be available in the Bookstore on a first-come-first-served basis for graduates walking in the ceremony after April 26 during regular hours (Friday, April 28 until 1 PM).  Up to 2 additional tickets may be requested per day as long as tickets are available.  Graduation announcements are also available for purchase in the Bookstore.

If you missed Grad Fest and would like to order announcements and/or other commencement items please visit the Old Post Bookstore.

The PE Complex has general, bleacher style seating available for all family and guests (stadium seats are permitted). However, since seating here is limited, there will be additional seating in the adjacent Jefferson Union. Tickets for this venue will be available in the Old Post Bookstore beginning Thursday, April 27 at 8 AM until Friday, April 28 at 1 PM.

If you, as a student participating in the Commencement ceremony, require special accommodations please fill out an accommodation request form at For guests who have special seating needs please have them arrive early. Wheelchair seating is available from the west end entrance of the PE Complex. Guests who have difficulty with steps or sitting in bleacher-style seats are encouraged to watch the Commencement Ceremony from the Jefferson Union, where chair-back seating is available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Leslie Smith, Director of Disability Services, in the south lobby of Vigo Hall or by calling 812-888-4501.

Grad Images will photograph the graduates during the ceremony and will provide each graduate photographed an opportunity to order enlargements from a variety of photographic packages with no obligation to purchase. For more information, go the Grad Images website, or call 800.261.2576.

Graduates are candidates for academic honors if their cumulative GPA is 3.50 or higher.  The honors category will be indicated next to the student’s name on the Commencement program.  Honors candidates should present this informatin to the Registrar’s Office during the week of April 24 to receive honor regalia. Stoles are $20 and Fourrageres are $30.  ALL GRADUATES ELIGIBLE TO WEAR THE HONOR REGALIA AND THEIR PARENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE HONORS CONVOCATION ON APRIL 29, AT 9:00 AM IN THE RED SKELTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WHERE THE GRADUATES WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. Please tell your family that they may sit anywhere in the Theater prior to the convocation but we ask that you meet in the rear hallway of the Red Skelton Theatre @ 8:15am for check-in. Once lined up, all honorees will march into the Theater and will be seated on stage. The program will be completed before 10:30 am. You should not wear your cap and gown but we ask that you dress nicely as pictures will be taken. 

Students need to meet with their Academic Advisor in their respective College to begin the petition to graduate process. Petitions must be returned to the Registrar's Office no later than Friday, March 24, 2017. It is also important to note that graduation audits are completed in the order they are received in the Registrar's Office. Petitions to Graduate received after March 24 may not be processed in time for inclusion in the commencement program.

Final examinations for all students will be held the following week (May 2-5, 2017). Students must leave the residence hall within 48 hours after their last exam unless arrangements are made through the Residential Life Office. Residence Halls close Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Book Buy-Back and Rental Return
Students have an opportunity to sell many of their books at the end of each semester. Book buy-backs are scheduled May 1-14, 2017, in front of the VU Bookstore during normal hours of operation. Rental books are to be returned to the Bookstore during this time. If rental books are not returned, students will be charged the full amount of the book. This could hold up the release of diploma, transcripts, and grades.