Class of 2021

Class of 2021

The Indiana University seal hangs above graduates at commencement

If you completed your degree requirements in December 2020 or will be completing requirements by the end of summer 2021, you are invited to participate in the May 12, 2021 Commencement ceremony to be held outdoors. Details, including information about times and locations, will be provided to you as soon as they are available.

IU South Bend will celebrate Commencement outdoors on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. While in-person Commencement is limited to graduates only, friends and family are invited to attend virtually.

Students must reserve a spot ahead of time to attend. Please indicate your interest in attending.

Graduates are invited to attend Commencement virtually.

CDC guidelines recommend people avoid travel because of extremely high cases of COVID-19 across the U.S. Each IU campus is making its Commencement plans in coordination with county health departments, and restrictions on events and gatherings vary based on community. IU has been able to successfully manage COVID-19 cases and avoid large outbreaks through routine testing on all of its campuses; limiting in-person ceremonies to graduates only allows the university to use the same strategy to ensure a safe commencement celebration.

Graduates will be asked to indicate their interest in participating, which IU will use to determine the time and place of each ceremony. Once students have responded to the request, campus organizers will finalize plans for the best campus location that allows for social distancing.

IU makes all decisions in consultation with its Medical Response Team. In addition to limiting in-person ceremonies to only graduates, those who participate will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing. All IU public safety protocols, including wearing a mask and physically distancing, must be followed during commencement.

IU is continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and all plans are subject to change based on the public health outlook in each community. The university is committed to keeping its campuses safe, and will communicate directly with graduates if plans change.

Please check your IU email address for messages from the Alumni Relations office leading up to the event.

You may also email our office,, with any questions.

Visit to view options and place your order. Order by 11:59 pm on April 11, 2021 to avoid a $75 late fee. Your order will be shipped directly to the address you provide. Orders placed from April 12-19, 2021 will incur a $75 late fee. Monday, April 19, 2021 is the final deadline to place your order.

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South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574-520-4872