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
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.