General Studies graduation celebration

Graduation is a special accomplishment for every student and the General Studies program joins our students in celebrating this milestone. Planning for graduation does not end with completing that last credit hour.

IUPUI celebrates Commencement May of every year. 

Submitting the graduation application, ordering cap, gown and invitations, and verifying the printed name for the diploma are all important aspects of preparing for graduation.

NOTE: Deadlines vary depending on your expected graduation date. Make sure you apply for graduation by the appropriate deadline

  • October 15 - Spring (May) graduation
  • January 15 - Summer (August) graduation
  • May 15 - Fall (December) graduation

Failure to meet the graduation application deadline will prevent your name from being printed in the Commencement and School Programs.

  • In late February, the Alumni Office sends Commencement information to students who have submitted a graduation application by the appropriate deadline (see above). The card includes web links to order cap, gown and invitations as well as contact information for the Commencement Office.
  • The name on the student's official university record will be printed on the diploma. If a student wishes a different name printed, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of the Registrar, Campus Center, 2nd level; telephone: 317.274.1519.
  • All communication from the General Studies Degree Program office is sent to the student's university e-mail address. If students do not use their university e-mail or do not know how to access their university e-mail, they must contact the university's technology helpline at 317.274.HELP or online at

The School of Liberal Arts Post Commencement Ceremony

COMMENCEMENT 2020 – Saturday May 16, 2020.  More information will be available in February.

Where: Indiana Convention Center

The General Studies Degree Program invites graduating students and their guests to the School of Liberal Arts School Ceremony which will follow the university ceremony. Academic apparel is worn by all graduates participating in the School Ceremony. For information pertaining to the University Commencement ceremony, visit the Commencement website: in February or call the Commencement Hot Line 317.278.1700.

If you or your guests require a sign language interpreter or have a physical disability and need special accommodations, please email or call 317.278.7600 after March 1, 2020.


Diplomas are not presented during commencement ceremonies. After degrees are awarded, graduates will receive an e-mail (sent to university e-mail addresses only) with details on how to receive their diploma. The approximate printing/delivery schedule for diplomas is:

  • December graduates: mid-April
  • May graduates: mid-July
  • August graduates: mid-November

Online Application Form