If you are here, that means your journey with Herron School of Art and Design is coming to a close. Follow these steps to complete your degree, graduate, and participate in IUPUI Commencement.

Important update about commencement and year-end Herron events

In light of current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, restrictions on large gatherings and for the safety of our community, Indiana University has postponed all Spring Commencement Ceremonies. Please visit for the latest information.

Additionally, all IUPUI school recognition and other celebratory graduation events in April and May 2020 have been canceled—including "Look/See" scheduled for May 6, as well as Herron's recognition event scheduled for May 16.

Graduates will be able to participate in a future IUPUI Commencement Ceremony when the public health situation allows us.

Degrees will continue to be awarded when earned.

We understand this is disappointing for our 2020 graduates, their friends, professors, families and loved ones. However, we are investigating alternatives to honor graduating students, as well as senior capstone and graduate exhibitions, and specific guidance will follow.

Stay informed by checking your IU email at least daily, and visit for information about IUPUI Commencement and other COVID-19 related updates.

Questions about Herron's year-end celebrations should be directed to the Office of External Affairs and Communications at

Step 1: Complete your degree requirements

Consult your advisor to verify you have fulfilled your degree requirements and are on track for graduation.

Schedule an advising appointment

Step 2: Apply to graduate

Tell us when you plan to complete your degree by applying for graduation online. Submitting your intent to graduate means:

  • Your degree will be awarded.
  • You will receive a diploma.
  • You will receive important commencement information.
  • Your name will appear in the commencement program.

Make sure to submit your application by the priority deadline for the term in which you intend to graduate.

Degrees will not be awarded without a graduation application on file. If you applied to graduate for a previous date, but did not graduate, you must reapply for a future term.

Step 3: Participate in commencement

Candidates completing degree requirements between January 1 and August 31 are invited to participate in the 2020 IUPUI Commencement held at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m.

Participating in the ceremony is optional. But if you choose to participate, you'll need to rent your cap and gown by April 20 to avoid a $75 late fee.

Everything you need to know about getting ready for IUPUI Commencement – including what to wear, ordering announcements, and making travel plans – can be found online.

Learn more

Step 4: Get your diploma

Your diploma will arrive about three months after you graduate. We'll contact you via your IUPUI email account when your diploma is available.

In the meantime, you can purchase an official transcript to show employers or graduate schools that want to verify your degree.


If you have any questions about graduation or commencement, ask an admissions advisor or contact Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services at 317-278-9400.