General Information

The Indiana University School of Medicine commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center. Graduates should arrive by 9:00 a.m. Tickets are not provided as the number of guests you may invite is not restricted. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. Detailed information on directions and parking may be found in the following link

IUSM Commencement participants include graduated students from September 2016 to February 2017, and tentative degree candidates from March through August 2017. Candidates for graduation must complete their program by August 31st to participate. Graduates and candidates can only participate and be listed in the program once. Please check with your program to make sure that your degree will be completed by August. For those defending after June 10, 2017, we will require verification from your mentor that you will be graduating in August.


All master’s students will be hooded by Dr. Randy Brutkiewicz, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Doctoral candidate mentors are invited to hood their students. If the mentor is not available, the doctoral candidate will be hooded by a designee or Associate Dean Brutkiewicz. Mentors and designated hooders MUST complete the Participation Status Form in the link below.

Participation Status Form

This year we created an electronic form (in survey format) to gather information on the participation status of all Graduate Division graduates, faculty, and staff. In order to accurately record everyone’s participation status, we need everyone to complete the form via this link Information collected will be used to ensure your name is listed on all rosters and in the program booklet accordingly. Please complete even if you do not plan to attend, as there is a shortened version for non-attendees to record everyone’s status, and for mentors to name their hooding designee.

The deadline for completing the form is March 31, 2017. This is an absolute deadline, to ensure all information is submitted in time for program printing.

Invitation Letter for International Graduates

If you will require an invitation letter for your family member(s) to attend, you will be directed to a page within the Participation Status form to include the required information. You will receive an email with a PDF copy when completed.


Graduates and Ph.D. mentors MUST be in cap and gown to participate. The deadline to rent apparel is April 7, 2017 for students, and March 31, 2017 for faculty. Use the following link to rent or purchase (faculty) your apparel via Herff Jones, and for detailed information on delivery and/or pick up dates and times (Choose the "What to Wear" link.). For faculty members, although the School of Medicine ceremony is on Saturday, you will need to choose Sunday, as ordering is for ceremonies on both days. 

All Graduate Division students receiving a Masters, Ph.D., or dual degree must choose School of Medicine to order your apparel, and ensure you receive the correct color hood. The Masters hoods are green, and Ph.D. hoods are royal blue.

If you miss the deadline, a late fee will be assessed, and apparel will only be offered on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of commencement.

Feel free to call Valerie Winbush or Patti Holt at 317-274-3441, or email with any questions you may have. 

Congratulations, and we look forward to celebrating with you on May 13th!

IUSM Research

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