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IUPUI to graduate more than 6,500 students

May 6, 2014

More than 6,500 IUPUI students will cap years of hard work and study with new college degrees May 10 and 11 when the campus holds its annual commencement celebrations at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

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Graduates from all of IUPUI's schools and programs will be honored -- 5,159 of them with IU degrees and 1,390 with Purdue degrees -- during the event, which will be held in Halls A, B and C of the convention center. Commencement will begin Saturday, May 10 with ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. for the IU School of Medicine starting, 2 p.m. for the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and 6 p.m. for the IU School of Dentistry.

Sunday, May 11's schedule will feature campus-wide celebrations at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The morning event will honor the following schools and departments: education, health and rehabilitation sciences, informatics and computing, medicine health professions, nursing, physical education and tourism management, public health, public and environmental affairs, social work and the University Graduate School. 

The afternoon event will include the IUPUC campus and these schools: business, engineering and technology, art and design, journalism, liberal arts, philanthropy, science and the University Graduate School.

Students from dentistry, law and medicine are invited to participate in the Sunday morning university celebration, in addition to their Saturday events.

This year’s graduating class includes five sets of twins and students ranging in age from 19 to 71. Students from 40 states and 100 countries are also included among the 6,500-plus graduates.

Chancellor Charles R. Bantz will preside over the events, along with IU President Michael McRobbie and G. Christine Taylor, Purdue’s vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer.

During Sunday's events, honorary degrees will be granted to Angela Barron McBride, former dean of the School of Nursing; George K. Stookey, retired faculty-researcher from the School of Dentistry; and Jean Case, the CEO and co-founder of the Case Foundation.

Following recent IUPUI tradition, commencement will feature student speakers, including Blair Brown of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs on Sunday morning and Emily Potts of both the School of Science and the School of Liberal Arts on Sunday afternoon.

Students and family members who attend the weekend celebrations will also find a new way to enjoy commencement: interacting with IUPUI’s social media channels.

“Commencement is an exciting time, and IUPUI wants to help you share that excitement with friends, family and the world,” said Kris Karol, manager of organizational communications and social media at IU Communications.

Karol suggested students use the hashtag #IMAJAGUAR to post all of their commencement-related pictures and posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Students waiting in the staging area prior to entering the ceremony hall will be able to see their hashtagged posts on a large, live social media stream.

“Help graduates share this important milestone in their lives by using #IMAJAGUAR today,” Karol said.

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