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IU plans to honor graduates through virtual celebrations


An IU graduate stands with other active military members and veterans who attended IU on May 4, 2019, during the graduation ceremony at Memorial Stadium. All IU spring commencement in-person ceremonies have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the university still plans to honor graduates virtually in May. Ty Vinson

IU's in-person commencement ceremonies were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the university still plans to honor graduates virtually in May, according to an IU press release.  

"Commencement is such an important rite of passage, so while we can't yet gather in large numbers to honor our graduates, we wanted to be sure they feel honored for their perseverance during this difficult time, and know that IU will always be one of their homes," Executive Director of University Events Doug Booher said in the release.  

IU has no plans for when commencement will be rescheduled, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said. He said IU will provide more information as soon as public health authorities give clearance.  

An update to will update May 5 with acknowledgments and virtual celebrations, according to the release. The page will include links to video messages, social media interactions and a playlist of commencement music. 

IU President Michael McRobbie, Provost Lauren Robel and other IU leaders will post video messages for graduating seniors on the page. IU will make the graduation booklet with all graduates' names listed available for download. 

All students graduating will also receive an at-home celebration kit with a gift, confetti packing and a note of congratulations along with a campus-specific bicentennial poster.

Caps and gowns will be sent to students' homes to wear for family friends, take pictures and bring to an event on campus later in the year. A return shipping label will be included. Students can also participate in a cap decorating contest.

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