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UIndy December Graduation 2017

Congratulations, graduates! Here you will find information about December Commencement. Graduating from college is a major milestone and commencement day is a time when graduates, their family, guests, and the campus community celebrate years of hard work and perseverance. We are pleased to announce that the University will hold formal commencement exercises on December 16 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in Ransburg Auditorium at the University of Indianapolis. More information on ticketing will be emailed to the campus community.

After the ceremony, the Office of Alumni Engagement will host a reception for all graduates and their families in the Esch Hall Atrium, which is in same building as Ransburg Auditorium. As a reminder, only students who complete all degree requirements may participate in the commencement ceremonies. Students seeking to meet their degree requirements and participate in December commencement, must complete a Graduation Application by November 1. Apply online at or stop by the Registrar's Office (ESCH 131) to complete the application in person.

Required Regalia

  • All students participating in the Commencement ceremony are required to wear proper academic attire. Regalia may be purchased from the UIndy Bookstore located in Schwitzer Student Center. Students off campus may order at to have regalia mailed, if needed, please include your height with online orders.

Tickets & Distribution

  • Students who applied to graduate and indicated they are attending the December Commencement are eligible to receive three guest tickets for the ceremony.
  • You can reserve online your three tickets online at
  • Due to occupancy restrictions all guests attending Commencement will need to present a guest ticket at the door for entry to the ceremony.
  • Each graduating student can reserve 3 tickets for pick up. Only graduating students can reserve tickets.
  • Monday, November 27 is the first date that graduating students can pick up their tickets at the HUB desk in the Schwitzer Student Center. You must present a student ID to pick up your tickets. HUB hours are 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday. Saturday and Sunday hours are typically 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Students must pick up their tickets by Monday, December 11, 2017. 
  • Tickets not picked up will be put into a general pool of tickets and will be given to students requiring additional tickets.
  • If you have any extra tickets, we ask that you return them the HUB in the Schwitzer Student Center so we may redistribute to students who are hoping for more tickets.
  • Children who need a seat require tickets. Any babies or toddlers who are small enough to sit on an adult's lap will not require a ticket. Please give consideration to other guests when considering bringing a small child. 

Additional Tickets 

  • Students may put their name on a wait list with how many additional tickets they would like. You can find the wait list sign up at
  • After the December 11 pick up deadline, remaining tickets will be counted and redistributed on a first come first served basis. 
  • Students on the wait list will be notified December 11 – 15 regarding how many additional tickets they are able to receive. 
  • Additional tickets must be picked up by December 15 at the HUB in the Schwitzer Student Center.
  • At the ceremony, a “guest services” table will be set aside for attendees to drop off any last minute additional tickets they may have. Guests who seek additional tickets on commencement day can inquire at the Guest Services table and available tickets will be redistributed on a first-come first-served basis. 

Overflow Rooms & Live Stream

  • Guests that could not provide a ticket at the ceremony will be allowed to watch the ceremony live on a projection screen in UIndy Hall A in the Schwitzer Student Center.
  • The capacity for the overflow area is 500 occupants. 
  • A live stream will also be provided online and can be found on the University’s website the day of Commencement. 


  • The University has arranged for Grad Images to take a photo of each graduate as the graduate. Proofs will be online the week after the ceremony. A notification will be sent to graduates when proofs are ready to view. More information can soon be found at

Personalized Announcements

Announcements may be ordered through Herff-Jones online here. The Herff-Jones site will be live for December Commencement soon.

Students, Faculty & Staff Attendance

  • Students that have RSVP’d to walk at Commencement with the Registrar’s office will not require a ticket since their name will be on our check-in list at the ceremony.
  • Faculty who have RSVP’d at to walk at commencement will not require a ticket since their name will be on a check-in list at the ceremony. 
  • Staff who have RSVP’d to volunteer at the ceremony will be given an access pass but may not sit in the ceremony area unless they have a ticket to do so. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at Thank you!
Congratulations on your achievements and on work well done! 

About the Ceremonial Mace

The ceremonial mace, a symbol of university scholarship and integrity dating back to the 11th century, is a traditional staff used to lead the academic procession at commencement. Maces oftentimes reflect the traditions, history, and academic missions of the universities they honor, as well as the bond between the university and its community. The mace also serves as an ancient symbol of authority, reminding us that universities are custodians both of the enduring traditions of learning and of the power they bestow upon those who come to learn. The mace symbolizes the University’s governing authority and is present only when the president and members of the board of trustees are in attendance, signifying that the proceedings have official sanction. 

The 2017 Commencement introduces the newly created ceremonial mace designed specifically for the University of Indianapolis by members of our faculty and leadership and fashioned by a local craftsman, Mark Waninger, who was accepted into the Hoosier Salon and has had one of his pieces purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Made from four strong woods salvaged from campus, the mace features several ornate symbols that honor University traditions and academic excellence: a globe recognizing the value of international cultures on campus, three distinct sections honoring the evolution of the institution’s name, symbolic medallions including the lamp of learning, smooth wooden columns denoting historic Good Hall and a bright, golden torch found on the University seal. The mace serves as an artistic representation of the University’s past, present and future success and will be displayed prominently on campus. 

Get social!

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