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Nearly 7,000 new IUPUI graduates receive their degrees

May 16, 2017
A graduate gives a thumbs-up after receiving his degree.
A graduate waves to friends and family in the crowd during the recessional at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis commencement at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Hoosier moms had an extra reason to smile this Mother’s Day.

IUPUI honored nearly 7,000 new graduates on Sunday, May 14, during the 2017 commencement ceremony, which took place at Lucas Oil Stadium. The pageantry welcomed families of the graduates, including those proud moms.

Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar high-fived the graduates before the ceremony and introduced the WNBA’s Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings, the keynote speaker for the afternoon. 

The graduates were part of a record-setting number of Indiana University graduates. With all of the IU campuses combined, 20,531 degrees were issued at various ceremonies this month.

That’s enough to make a happy Mother’s Day even happier.

Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar congratulates graduates.
Graduates walk to receive their diplomas.
Graduates walk.
A decorated mortarboard is seen during IUPUI graduation.
Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar speaks during graduation.
A graduate receives her diploma.
Graduates wave their diplomas in celebration.
Graduates stand and wave to their friends and family during graduation.
A graduate blows a kiss to the crowd.
Tamika Catchings speaks during graduation.
Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar speaks during graduation.
Graduates walk in the recessional.

Photos by James Brosher, IU Communications

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