Academic Ceremonies

Student Directions and Accessibility

Student Information

IPFW is proud to welcome your family and friends to Commencement. Encourage your guests to visit the Family & Guests tab of this site to find information on parking and directions, accessibility, and maps.

International degree candidates may request official letters of invitation for their families.

We recommend you discuss the following with your guests:

  • parking is $5
  • the ceremony is not ticketed and there is no limit on the number of guests
  • traffic around the Coliseum will be gridlocked in the half hour preceding the 4:30 p.m. start of the ceremony
  • access to the arena begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • guests are to proceed to the audience seating area
  • the student assembly area will become very crowded so guests may not join students in this area

We advise you to prearrange:

  • a personal guest to hold your valuables during the ceremony
  • a location to meet your guests in comfort inside the Graduation Celebration in Expo II & III of the Coliseum (guest tables are numbered 1 - 100) to avoid extreme crowding in the rotunda and hallways following the ceremony - this also allows you and your guests to enjoy complimentary punch, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar

Student Assembly Area

Ushers (red coats) will provide direction to various access points (elevators, escalators) to the student assembly area.

Accessibility Accommodations for Students

When you are added to the official graduation list, a unique-to-you link with the registration URL will be sent to your myIPFW email. Complete the Commencement registration form no later than two weeks before Commencement and, when asked, tell us of the accommodation you need. The Office of Academic Ceremonies will contact you to make arrangements. Please direct questions from your myIPFW email account to

Travel and Parking

Streets surrounding the Coliseum are very congested in the hour prior to Commencement. Please allow plenty of time to arrive at the Coliseum by 3:45 p.m. We advise that degree candidates allow extra time to arrive and park. Late arrivals may find parking very difficult.

Accommodations for your Guests

Information for your guests is available under the Family & Guests tab.

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