Commencement

  • Spring Commencement will take place Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, 2021.

    Watch free, live webcasts of the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies.

    Students celebrating their graduationCurrent plans include a ceremony for graduates receiving master’s and doctoral degrees on the evening of Friday, May 7. Undergraduate degrees will be conferred Saturday, May 8, at three separate ceremonies. All events will take place at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

    Because of gathering limits, each graduating undergraduate student will receive three tickets for guests; graduating master’s and doctoral students will receive four tickets for guests. All others are encouraged to watch via livestream.

    Graduates, family, and friends are invited to attend a Celebration Toast on May 8 (see below).

    A community communication event has been set up for spring commencement to provide students, families, and guests with general reminders, inclement weather advisories, COVID alerts, parking updates, or emergency information. To opt in to this system, please text IUPMAYGRAD21 to 888-777.

    Commencement ceremonies are being planned according to current Centers for Disease Control guidelines with regard to gathering and capacity limits. However, new information about the status of the virus or new guidelines from state officials could cause plans to change. If that were to happen, the Commencement Committee would notify everyone involved as soon as possible. 

    Visit the tickets page to find details on ticketing and distribution. 

    Graduate Master’s and Doctoral Ceremony

    Friday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m., Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

    Graduate Commencement preview graphic

    View the Graduate Commencement Ceremony Program.

    Undergraduate Ceremonies 

    Saturday, May 8, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

    • 8:30 a.m.–Colleges of Education and Communications, Fine Arts, and Humanities and Social Sciences
    • 12:30 p.m.–Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • 4:30 p.m.–College of Health and Human Services
    Undergraduate Commencement preview graphic

    View the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies Program.

    Celebration Toast

    May 8, 2021
    10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Breezedale

    May 8, 2021
    1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

    Breezedale

    Graduates, family, and friends are invited to attend a champagne toast. Non-alcoholic sparkling cider will be available. IUP graduates will receive an IUP Alumni champagne flute, while supplies last.

    Registration is required.

  • Previous Ceremonies
    Relive the excitement of Commencement through photos and videos from previous ceremonies.