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Commencement 2019

May 8, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Indiana University Fort Wayne students
Purdue University Fort Wayne students

Blue Bar

Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
4:30 p.m.
in the arena of the
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Student registration required.

Guest seating is not ticketed.

Graduation Celebration

Immediately following ceremony
EXPO II & III of the
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

All graduates, guests, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend
the Graduation Celebration
following the ceremony
Hors d’oeuvres and punch served, Cash bar

Blue Bar

Graduate Participation, Frequently Asked Questions, Future Dates, Contact Us

Graduate Participation in Ceremony

Your seat at Commencement is reserved when you complete these two actions:

1. Purchase undergraduate or rent graduate apparel for the ceremony
See the Cap and Gown tab on this web page.

2. Register to participate in the Commencement ceremony
Beginning in March, emails with personalized registration links will be sent to the candidates' student email accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Commencement?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 4:30 p.m., in the arena of the Allen County Memorial Coliseum.

Who is eligible to attend the ceremony?

Students who completed degree requirements in December 2018. Students who anticipate completing degree requirements in May 2019 or either summer session 2019

Do guests need tickets for the Commencement ceremony?

No tickets are necessary to attend the commencement ceremony.

When will we actually receive our diplomas?

Diplomas are handled by the Office of the Registrar. 
December and Summer graduates: will be notified by email (via their Purdue University Fort Wayne email account) when diplomas are available 8 - 10 weeks after degree requirements are completed. 
May graduates: will be distributed immediately after the Commencement ceremony.  May graduates who do not attend the ceremony can pick up their diplomas at the Enrollment Services desk, located in Kettler Hall beginning Monday, May 14.
Summer graduates: will be notified by email (via their student email account) when diplomas are available approximately 8 - 10 weeks after degree requirements are completed. 

What time should we be at the Coliseum?

Candidates for graduation are to be gowned and lined up by their department/degree sign in hallways of the Arena by 4 p.m. The signs include school, department, and degree.

Doors open for guests at 3:30 p.m.

Is there a rehearsal for students?

There is no rehearsal for students. Detailed instructions are emailed to your student account. Faculty marshals will lead the students throughout the ceremony. Read through the information sheet emailed to you after you purchase your cap and gown, pay attention to the speakers, and follow the leader (your faculty marshal). December graduates should continue to check their student email account throughout the spring semester.

Future Commencement Dates

2019: Wednesday, May 8

2020: Wednesday, May 13

2021: Wednesday, May 12


Office of Academic Ceremonies
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Kettler Hall room 157
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN  46805-1499


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