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Commencement 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

What about academic distinction cords?

Academic distinction cords awarded by the university will be presented to graduates on Commencement day by the faculty marshal of each division. Only academic distinction cords awarded for academic achievement may be worn during the ceremony. Indiana University candidates who have tentatively earned academic distinction in general scholarship are distinguished by fourragéres, which are looped cords worn from the left shoulder. Fourragéres with cream and crimson cords indicate highest distinction; those with all cream cords indicate high distinction; and those with all crimson cords indicate distinction.

Fourragéres, pins, medallions, etc., awarded by honoraries or societies that do not recognize academic achievement may not be worn during the ceremony.

Where is the ceremony?

The Commencement ceremony will be held at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center at 1500 N. Reed Rd. (US 931), Kokomo, IN.

Post-Commencement Reception

Immediately following the Commencement ceremony, join fellow graduates, family members, faculty, and staff for a reception on the IU Kokomo campus in Alumni Hall.

What if it rains?

The ceremony is indoors and will be held rain or shine.

Seating and Parking

There is designated accessible seating and parking at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center and Ivy Tech Community College. Golf carts and a shuttle bus will transport people to and from the Event Center on an as needed basis. Parking is limited. It is recommended that families and students carpool to Commencement.

Where can I get my diploma and photos?


The Office of the Registrar will notify you when your diploma will be available. August graduates will not receive their diplomas until all academic requirements have been completed.

Graduation Photo

During the ceremony, you will receive congratulations from IU Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. A professional photographer will capture this important moment in a photo. The photographer will contact you about obtaining a proof of the photo and ordering information a few weeks after Commencement.

Now that I'm an alumni, how can I stay in touch?

Don’t Get Lost!

Be sure to let the alumni office know your whereabouts should you relocate to a new residence, and any other pertinent information about yourself, e.g., job changes, promotions, awards, marriages, births, etc. Stay informed and involved. Be an active alumnus/a of Indiana University Kokomo!

Last updated: 12/19/2018