The year 2020 has thrown some big challenges your way, but you’ve earned an Indiana University degree. We are making plans to officially and publicly honor you as an IU East graduate.

Everyone hoped we could hold a live, in-person commencement by the end of 2020, but the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and its required limits on large gatherings have made it impossible to hold such an event this year.

As you may remember, IU East virtually celebrated December 2019, May 2020, and August 2020 graduates on the scheduled day of the Commencement Ceremony on May 15. However, we still want to congratulate you in person!  And, we plan to do that during a Commencement Ceremony in May of 2021. Of course, our plan is contingent upon, and will be within, the context of the public health guidance at that time. 

Details about the exact date, time, and location will be shared as soon as possible. Information about rented caps and gowns will be provided to you within the next few weeks.


Frequently Asked Questions

Regrettably, the continuation of the pandemic and the ongoing restrictions on large public gatherings have made traditional in-person graduation activities impossible through the end of this calendar year.

Regional campuses do not traditionally hold winter Commencement activities.

It is currently IU East’s plan to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 during May of 2021. 

Yes, you are strongly encouraged to attend. Be sure to complete your attendance survey email message from the Commencement office.

IU East is working hard to keep track of all recent graduates. An email message from the IU East Commencement office will be sent to all recent graduates. This email will be sent to your IU email address. You are also encouraged to refer often to this website,, look for emails directed to you about the spring events, follow IU East Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, and email our office,, with any questions.

If you are a 2019/2020 graduate, please return the gown (and hood, if you rented one) in the postage-paid packaging that Herff Jones provided. If you would like to participate in IU East’s in-person Commencement in May, there will be rent-free gowns (and rent-free hoods for graduate students) available to 2019/2020 graduates for Commencement day. Be sure to bring your cap with tassel (and stole if you earned a bachelor’s degree) to the in-person Commencement.

It is ordered online and mailed to the U.S. Mail address that you specify. Orders will be open in early Spring 2021.