UIndy Graduation 2015
UIndy held a combined commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 2, in Key Stadium for the nearly 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students who completed their programs in December 2014 or May 2015, or who will finish their studies in August 2015.
University of Indianapolis Commencement
All undergraduate, master's and doctoral students
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.
Award-winning writer and MacArthur Fellowship winner Edwidge Danticat was the featured speaker at this year's commencement. Born in Haiti in 1969, Danticat spoke little English when she moved to the United States at age 12. She soon began writing in her adopted language, however, and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Brown University, later teaching creative writing at New York University and the University of Miami. She has distinguished herself as a novelist and short fiction writer as well as an essayist, editor of story collections and collaborator on film projects. Her work has focused on the history of Haiti, the Haitian-American immigrant experience, and issues of gender and family dynamics. Learn more ►
Two graduates also spoke. Representing undergraduates was Emily Bielefeld of Westfield, who double-majored in Information Systems and Operations & Supply Chain Management. Representing grad students was Brandon White of Sellersburg, who received a master’s degree in International Relations. They were among candidates nominated by their classmates and selected on the basis of self-produced video statements. Learn more ►
Speaker Edwidge Danticat received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree during the commencement ceremony.
Class of 2015 stats
- 927 undergraduates
- 469 master's and doctoral candidates
- 25 states and 24 countries represented
- 13 percent of graduates are international students
- 98 additional graduates at UIndy's international partner sites
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