IU Southeast Commencement 2019: Everything you need to know

29th April 2019

(NEW ALBANY, Ind.) — Indiana University Southeast will be awarding 985 degrees to 966 students at its 51st Commencement ceremony next week.

Plan on attending and need to know when to show up and where to be? Can’t come but want to watch? Here’s what you need to know:


When: Monday, May 6.

Where: Freedom Hall, Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY. Located across from the Louisville International Airport.

5:30 p.m. – Graduates assemble in the North Wing Lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center in full regalia. IU Southeast event personnel will be wearing red shirts and can help you find your school’s line up area.
6:45 p.m. – Procession begins.
7 p.m. – Commencement ceremony begins. The ceremony includes conferral of all degrees, a student speaker and induction into the IU Alumni Association. The names of individual graduates are read as they cross the stage and are congratulated by Chancellor Ray Wallace. Faculty marshals and staff will direct graduates throughout the ceremony.


The Kentucky Exposition Center has more than 19,000 parking spaces. Parking is $10 for cars. More information on parking can be found on the Kentucky Exposition Center website.


Tickets are not required and seating is unlimited for the Commencement ceremony. A large crowd is expected, so please arrive early. The procession begins at 6:45 p.m., and out of respect to our graduates, we ask that all guests make it to their seats prior to the beginning of the ceremony.


Photographers from GradImages will be onsite and will take your photo as you receive your diploma cover on stage. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Contact GradImages at 800-261-2576.

Backdrops representing each academic school will be located in the North Wing Lobby for family photos.

Indiana University Southeast will take photographs and/or video of its patrons and/or program participants at commencement. Your participation hereby grants IU Southeast permission to use your voice, name, and/or likeness in any media, advertising and publicity. If you wish not to be photographed, recorded, or appear under these conditions, please contact webpubre@ius.edu or call 812-941-2285 before May 2, 2019.


Be sure to pick up your reserved regalia from the bookstore April 22 – May 2.  The last day to pick up your regalia from the bookstore is Thursday, May 2, by 5:00 p.m. Then, the reserved regalia will be sent to the Kentucky Exposition Center. The bookstore hours are:

Week of April 29

  • Monday – Thursday
    9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday
    9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (summer hours)

If you did not order your regalia online, the bookstore will have a limited quantity available. Available regalia will be rented on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you need someone to pick up your regalia for you, they will need to present a signed and dated note from you stating it’s OK for them to pick it up.


Following the Commencement ceremony, graduates will be directed to a drop-off point for returning their IU regalia gown. Gowns must be returned immediately following the ceremony. Graduates may keep their cap and tassel (and stole for bachelor’s recipients).


Freedom Hall accommodates special wheelchair seating, and we encourage guests to arrive early to find space. All restrooms on the grounds are wheelchair accessible. Elevators are located on both the east and west concourses of Freedom Hall. Guests are responsible for providing their own wheelchairs and other mobility assistance equipment.


live stream of the 2019 Commencement ceremony will be available on May 6, 2019. An archived video of the 2019 ceremony will also be made available on that same website.

For more information about the 2019 IU Southeast Commencement ceremony, visit ius.edu/commencement or call 812-981-8600.

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