You’ve almost completed your degree. It’s time to think about graduation.

First, there’s an important distinction between graduation and Commencement.


Graduation means you’ve completed your degree. You can graduate in December, May, or August. You must apply for graduation so that we can verify you’ve met your degree requirements.

There’s specialized graduation information for students in general studies.


Commencement is a ceremony that IUPUI holds each May to honor new graduates.

All students who have completed or will complete their degree requirements during the current academic year (December, May, and August) can participate in May Commencement. So you can participate in Commencement even if you’re taking summer classes to finish your degree.

The School of Liberal Arts also holds an event for its new graduates.

Learn about IUPUI Commencement and school events

Deadlines for undergrads to apply for graduation

May 2018 graduation

  • Priority deadline: October 15, 2017. If you apply by this date, you’re guaranteed to receive a graduation audit before you start spring classes.
  • Final deadline: February 1, 2018. Apply by this date to be eligible to graduate with distinction and to make sure your name is in the Commencement program.

August 2018 graduation

  • Priority deadline: January 15, 2018. If you apply by this date, you’re guaranteed to receive a graduation audit before you start summer classes. You’ll also be eligible to graduate with distinction, and your name will be in the May 2018 Commencement program.
  • Final deadline: May 1, 2018

December 2018 graduation

  • Priority deadline: May 15, 2018. If you apply by this date, you’re guaranteed to receive a graduation audit before you start fall classes.
  • Final deadline: October 1, 2018

May 2019

  • October 15, 2018: Priority deadline for May graduation. Only students who applied by this deadline are guaranteed a degree audit prior to the start of spring classes.
  • February 1, 2019: Final deadline to apply for May, to ensure inclusion in Commencement programs, and to be eligible for graduating with distinction.
  • May 2019 graduates will be invited to participate in Commencement in May 2019. More information on Commencement can be found here:

More information for undergraduates

Do you need to delay your graduation?

Tell us as soon as possible. Contact Hank Lankford at Cavanaugh Hall 401 or

Graduation with distinction

Learn about eligibility to graduate with distinction in the IU School of Liberal Arts Bulletin. These are IU guidelines that we cannot break.  See the IUPUI Bulletin 2017-2018 for more details. 


Your diploma will arrive about three months after you graduate. We’ll write to your IUPUI email account when your diploma is available. In the meantime, you can purchase an official transcript to show employers or graduate schools that want to verify your degree.


Minors are confirmed in Student Affairs. Please visit the Minor Declaration Form (inset URL to new form) to let us know you are working towards a Liberal Arts minor. If you are completing minor coursework in the same semester of graduation it is very important that you are in timely communication with Student Affairs because there is a short turnaround from final grades to degree conferral.

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