Frequently asked questions

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

It is currently IU Southeast’s plan to hold Commencement in person in May of 2021. It is scheduled for Monday, May 10, 6:30 p.m., in Freedom Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Yes, you are strongly encouraged to attend, and even though you will have been a graduate since 2019 or 2020, your class will receive special recognition and attention at Commencement in spring 2021.

IU Southeast is doing its utmost to keep track of all recent graduates. An email message from your Commencement office has been sent/will be sent to all recent graduates, to your IU email address. You are also encouraged to refer often to this website and look for emails directed to you about the spring event, follow IU Southeast 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 Southeast’s in-person Commencement in May, there will be rent-free gowns (and rent-free hoods for graduate students) available to 2019/2020 graduates on the 2021 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.

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