Eberly College of Business and Information Technology: Business Cording Ceremony, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Memorial Field House

  • The Eberly College will conduct a college-wide cording ceremony for undergraduate accounting, finance/LS, ISDS, management (general, international business, and human resource management), and marketing majors. 

    • This event is for  all undergraduate business majors  who are graduating in May or August. There will not be individual departmental ceremonies. (Please note that the MBA ceremony will be on Friday, May 12, at the KCAC).
    • The cording ceremony is located in the Memorial Field House main gymnasium. Doors to the Field House will open at 9:00 a.m.
      • Seating begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 9:45 a.m. Starting promptly at 10:00 a.m. the gymnasium doors will be closed so that the ceremony can start and is uninterrupted.
      • Students will be recognized by the dean of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and by the chairperson of his/her department. Each student will be called to the stage for recognition. Faculty members from across the college will be in attendance. There will be short presentations and awards given.


      All college of business students will be corded with a special business cord by the dean of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. These cords will be paid for by the College, and students can then wear them to the university ceremony.


      • No tickets are needed for the Eberly ceremony (but are needed for the university ceremony), as we will have plenty of room for family members and friends to enjoy the ceremony.
      • Registration is required! Please stop in Room 301 Eberly to register so that we can have an accurate count for cords, seats in the field house, and food for lunch. Deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017.
      • Parking will be available in the Eberly Lot, the Zink Lot, and the parking garage. You do not need to pay for parking spots on the day of commencement. Please keep in mind that you will be competing for spots with other graduates across campus—plan accordingly.
      • Specific sections will be identified by major. You should sit in your section. If you are a double major, you can select either section.

      Luncheon Regalia

      • Sandwiches and beverages will be provided from 11:15 a.m. until 12:30 in the Eberly College of Business lobby/atrium. Refreshments will not be provided during the ceremony.  Registration is required as noted above—Friday, April 28, 2017.
      • Wear your graduation regalia.


      Photos are permitted; however, no one will be permitted to come down on the gymnasium floor during the ceremony. Students and family members may take photos from their seats. Pictures may be taken before the ceremony. The stage will be available for pictures after the ceremony. 


      Actual diplomas aren’t issued at college-level ceremonies or at the university ceremony. They will be mailed to your home address only after all grades have been posted and you have been cleared for graduation. Diploma covers will be issued during the university-level ceremony. Students who are unable to attend the university ceremony can purchase a diploma cover at the bookstore. 

      The University-Level Ceremony

      In addition to the attending the business college  cording  ceremony, business majors should attend the afternoon university-level ceremony which will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Kovalchik Convention and Athletic Complex. Arrival at the KCAC is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., and this is conveniently right across the street from Eberly. This ceremony recognizes graduates from the Eberly College of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Education and Communications. Visit the IUP Commencement website for more information about the university-level commencement ceremonies.  Tickets are required for this ceremony.

      Remember: Hundreds of family members have invested a significant amount of money, time, and concern for their children over these past academic years. This is supposed to be a special time for everyone!