2020 Commencement

Indiana University Northwest will host its 54rd Annual Commencement on Thursday, May 14th beginning at 4 p.m. at the Genesis Center, located at 5th Avenue and Broadway in Gary. Arena doors open for guest seating at 2 p.m.

All degree candidates who wish to participate in Commencement must apply to graduate by contacting their academic units.

Graduates will be robed in custom-made black rental gowns. Undergraduates will be able to keep the crimson satin “stole of remembrance” that is worn over the gown, as well as the cap and tassel.

Order Your Gowns Now!

Order by Thursday, March 26, 2020 to get the best price.  An additional fee takes affect after March 26, 2020.   Online orders close on Thursday, April 2, 2020.  

IU Northwest will recognize those in active duty, National Guard, as well as reserves and veterans of the United States Armed Services. Service personnel, who represent the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, are entitled to wear a twisted cord of red, white and blue. ROTC graduates who will commission on or immediately after graduation are also eligible.  Armed Service Cords may be worn only by the individual in service; relatives, friends and beneficiaries are not eligible.

Graduates should arrive at the Genesis Center at least 90 minutes (2:30 p.m. CST) before the ceremony and check in with your department recorder/advisor in the Indiana room and be ready to assemble by 3 p.m. Gowns must be returned by 6:00 p.m. following the ceremony at the Genesis Center. The ceremony is expected to last about two hours.

Tickets are not required for family members and friends to attend Commencement.  Guests are encouraged to arrive and be seated by 3:45 p.m. if they wish to see the graduates process into the arena.  All guest seating is on the 2nd level of the Genesis Center above the arena floor.  Access to the 2nd level is available via stairs, escalator or elevator.   Wheelchair accessible seating on the Main Level of the Arena floor is on a first come basis.   Only one (1) family member may accompany the wheelchair bound guest - other family members must sit in the 2nd level of the arena.   Handicapped guest seating will be halted between 3:40 pm - 4:00 pm while the graduates process into the arena.   Limited mobility guests are encouraged to arrive early to allow ample time to be seated prior to the graduate procession.   Seating for Hearing or Visually challenged guests may sit in Section 112 on the 2nd floor of the arena.