Registrar & Student Records

Applying for Graduation!

Students who will be receiving a degree from IU East must file an Application for Graduation with the Office of Student Records - Whitewater Hall 116. Click here see a detailed list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) regarding graduation, diplomas, and commencement. Graduation-related questions can be sent to

IU East conducts one commencement exercise per year (conclusion of spring semester). Students may participate in commencement if they graduated the previous December, graduated in May of the current year, or are candidates to graduate during the upcoming summer (June or August) -- see application deadline dates below.

Applications for Graduation

Your completed Application for Graduation must be reviewed and signed by your Degree Auditor (see list of Auditors below). Applications are due to the Office of Student Records (Whitewater Hall, Rm. 116) by the deadlines listed directly below.

Application Deadline Dates
Graduation Date Application Deadline
May November 1
June November 1
August November 1
December April 15

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Degree Auditors

Make sure your degree auditor (see list below) signs your application for graduation. You may drop off your application with your auditor, email it, or fax it to him/her. It is your responsibility to submit your application for graduation to the appropriate office to be processed by the deadline.

School Degree Auditor Office
Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) Katie Chaney, HSS Advisor
TR 115
Bachelor of General Studies
w/Humanities and Fine Arts or
w/Behavioral and Social Sciences
Katie Chaney, HSS Advisor
TR 115
Master of Arts in English Margaret Evans, Prof.
TR 275
Graduate Certificate
in Composition Studies
Edwina Helton, Professor
WZ 269
Business & Economics (BUSE)
Informatics (INFO)
Darla Lane, Asst. to the Dean
fax # 765-973-8550
HY 214
Education (EDUC) Carla Bowen, Undergrads
fax # 765-973-8508

Jay Barbre, Grad Students
fax # 765-973-8508
TR 350

TR 360
Natural Science & Mathematics (NSM) Teresa Price, NSM Advisor
fax # 765-973-8430
WZ 263
Bachelor of General Studies
w/Science and Mathematics
Teresa Price, NSM Advisor
fax # 765-973-8430
WZ 263
Nursing (NURS) Karen Clark, Dean
fax # 765-973-8220
HY 269
Social Work (SWK) Ed Fitzgerald, Director
fax # 765-973-8590
TR 152

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Graduating with Academic Distinction

To graduate with academic distinction, baccalaureate candidates must (1) rank within the highest 10% of the graduating class, (2) have completed a minimum of 60 hours at Indiana University, and (3) must meet the cumulative GPA requirements outlined below.

Criteria for Academic Honors
HonorsRequired Cumulative GPA
Distinction3.70 - 3.79
High Distinction3.80 - 3.89
Highest Distinction3.90 - 4.00

Candidates who are awarded honors in general scholarship are distinguished by cream and crimson fourrageres, which are looped cords worn from the left shoulder during the commencement exercise.

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Honors Cords (fourrageres)

Fourrageres with cream and crimson cords indicate "highest distinction;" those with all cream cords indicate "high distinction;" and those with all crimson cords indicate "distinction." Honors are awarded by vote of the various faculties, and the fourrageres are provided by the university. The appropriate recognition is recorded on the individual's diploma as a permanent testimonial of achievement.

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Graduating with a Second Degree

The executive vice chancellor for academic affairs may admit the holder of, or candidate for, a baccalaureate degree to candidacy for a second baccalaureate degree. Students applying for another degree must also meet any second degree requirements of the School in which they are candidates. The second degree may be awarded either simultaneously with the first degree, or may be awarded at a later time.

Second degree awarded simultaneously with first degree: When such permission is granted, the candidate who simultaneously completes two baccalaureate degree must complete all the requirements of each degree.

Second degree awarded to a continuing IU East student: When such permission is granted, the candidate who, after receiving a first baccalaureate degree, remains continuously enrolled at IU East, must complete all the requirements of the second degree.

Second degree awarded to a returning IU East alum: When such permission is granted, the candidate who has completed the first baccalaureate degree at IU East, and then returns at a later time, must earn a minimum of 30 additional credit hours from IU East and must complete all the requirements of the second degree.

Second degree awarded to a student who earned their first degree from another IU campus: When such permission is grated, the candidate must earn a minimum of 30 additional hours in residency for each addition baccalaureate degree, beyond the previous degree's requirements.

Final approval for the applicability of course taken for both degrees rests with the School awarding the degree.

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Diplomas are not actually distributed at the commencement exercise (conducted once each year upon conclusion of the spring semester). Instead, graduates will be presented in a crimson-colored IU diploma cover. The actual diplomas should be available approximately 4-6 weeks after students have been certified for graduation. Graduates will receive an email in their IU East email account from the Registrar when their diplomas are available for pick-up in the Office of Student Records (WZ 116). Students must bring a photo ID to pick-up their diploma. Once diplomas have arrived, arrangements may be made to send diplomas, via Certified Mail (signature required upon delivery), to accommodate students who graduated from an IU East distance education program. PLEASE NOTE: It is Indiana University policy to withhold transcripts and diplomas from students who have a financial encumbrance with the University. In other words, to receive your diploma, all financial obligations to the University must be clear.

Duplicate Diploma Request

Please see our information about requesting a duplicate diploma.

Graduation Statistics

IU East Graduation Statistics 1988 through August 2015

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