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A record-breaking crowd attended the

IU Southeast 2015 Commencement

ceremony on May 11 at the Kentucky

International Convention Center

(KICC) in Louisville, Ky.

Approximately 6,000 people attended

the ceremony. An average of 4,000

people attended Commencement

ceremonies in recent years.

The KICC was selected as the site

of the 2015 ceremony in order to

accommodate a larger group in greater

comfort and convenience, and to

provide graduates and their families

with a more celebratory experience

than ever. As a result of the venue’s

size, the graduates could bring as many

guests as they wanted to the ceremony.

This year, 1,053 degrees – 56 associate

degrees, 884 bachelor’s degrees and

113 master’s degrees – were awarded.

Also, 1,011 students graduated,

and around 700 of those graduates

participated in the ceremony.

The 2015 graduates represented 26

Indiana counties, eight states and 22

countries of origin. Fifty graduates

achieved a GPA of 4.0.

Indiana University president Michael A.

McRobbie, IU dignitaries and members

of the IU Board of Trustees came to the

ceremony from Bloomington. President

McRobbie, Chancellor Ray Wallace

and 2015 graduate Lauren Pangburn

addressed the audience during the

ceremony.

Pangburn said IU Southeast taught

her new ways of thinking, and her

experiences at the university made her

become a better person.

“For many of us, our experience here

at IU Southeast was simply another

step in the path of our lives,” Pangburn

said. “We can choose to look at it as

an obstacle that laid between us and

a decent job or a graduate school. Or,

we could choose to look at it as the

experience that made us decide to

change the way we walk, to focus less

on the goal and more on the path.”

Chancellor Wallace said the graduates’

achievements during their time at IU

Southeast deserved to be celebrated.

“On behalf of our great faculty and

staff, we congratulate you on your

accomplishments,” Chancellor Wallace

said to the graduates. “As a regional IU

campus, we are actualizing our vision

– ‘To shape the future of our region by

transforming good students into great

leaders, one graduate at a time.’”

Record crowd attends 2015 Commencement at the Kentucky

International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.

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