2021 Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

2021 Commencement Update

Indiana University is planning in-person, outdoor May Commencement ceremonies at all of its campuses for both 2020 and 2021 undergraduate and graduate students, in accordance with its COVID-19 policies. In-person attendance at the ceremonies will be limited to graduates only. Those who cannot attend the live event and family and friends are invited to attend Commencement virtually. In addition to spring 2021 graduates, members of the Class of 2020 are also invited to participate in the ceremonies.

Each campus ceremony is being planned in consultation with county health departments and IU's Medical Response Team, which has led the university's comprehensive public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic for almost a year.

Testing Requirements

For graduates who are not fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to their Commencement ceremony, two negative COVID-19 tests are required. 2019/2020 returning graduates will need to take a COVID-19 test outside of IU and report to us the result. 2021 graduates may receive their first test by scheduling a voluntary asymptomatic COVID-19 test appointment via One.IU by searching "voluntary" and selecting a campus scheduling option.

All non-vaccinated graduates must receive their second test 1-2 days prior to their Commencement ceremony. The test must be administered at the graduate's degree-granting campus and be processed by IU Labs. Self-submissions are not accepted for Test 2. No appointment is necessary.

All faculty and staff participating in Commencement must follow the same testing requirements.

More details about these testing requirements can be found in the FAQ below under Testing.

IU testing facilities, dates, and times dedicated to Commencement Test 2 are listed below:

Testing Dates and Deadlines
Test/DeadlineDate
Test 1May 4 - May 7, 2021
Test 2May 8 - May 9, 2021
Submission DeadlineMay 9 by 5 p.m.

Commencement Date, Time, and Location

Date: May 10, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.

Caesar's Foundation of Floyd County Amphitheater on the IU Southeast Campus

IU Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150