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University Commencement Ceremony in May 2016

Commencement Spring Commencement takes place Saturday, May 7, 2016, in two ceremonies, both at Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Know what time to be in your graduation robe and meeting for the processional lineup, so you’re prepared and ready to enjoy the excitement of your special day.

The morning ceremony is at 9:00 a.m. for the colleges of Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Health and Human Services. The afternoon ceremony is at 1:30 p.m. for the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education and Educational Technology.

Journalism Department Commencement Ceremony

The Journalism Department commencement ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 7 on the Main Stage of Waller Hall. A reception for our graduates will be held in the Waller Hall lobby immediately following the department ceremony. Tickets are not required. If you have any questions pertaining to the Journalism Department Commencement Ceremony, please contact Dr. Michele Papakie, chairwoman, Journalism and Public Relations Department, at 724-357-4411.

Departmental Commencement Ceremonies

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Undergraduate Honors

In order to receive an honors medallion to wear at the Spring graduation ceremony, undergraduate students who have earned a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade-point average and who have met all the requirements for the awarding of the IUP academic honors by the last graded semester may pick up their medallion either at the April Salute to Grads event, or anytime after that day from the Registrar’s Office in Clark Hall. For any undergraduate students who did not have the required minimum 3.25 cumulative grade-point average before the ceremony, but who will have achieved this once the final semester grades are posted, their honors medallion will be mailed to them along with their diploma. Students who have achieved academic honors when the final degree checkout is made will have the honors posted on their diploma.

Salute to Graduates

  • March 29, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Co-Op Store
  • Purchase your cap and gown, order graduation announcements, and more.


Diploma covers are presented at Commencement ceremonies. The actual diploma will be sent to each graduate after the student’s final academic record has been checked for completing all graduation requirements and final grades. The diploma is sent usually within four to six weeks after the semester, mailed to the address that was indicated by the student on his/her graduation application.

How to Get Ready for Commencement

There are certain things you must do to make sure you are ready to participate in the University Commencement Ceremony.

How to Apply for Graduation (Undergraduate Students)

Undergraduate students apply for graduation by logging into URSA.

  • Journalism and Public Relations Department
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 404
    981 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4411
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.