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IU celebrating 2024 commencement across the state; Scott Dorsey to speak at IU Bloomington

For Immediate Release Apr 25, 2024

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include public safety information. 

IU will award 18,906 degrees at commencement ceremonies around the state. Photo ... IU will award 18,906 degrees at commencement ceremonies around the state. Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

Indiana University will award nearly 19,000 degrees in commencement ceremonies and celebrations across the state from May 3 to 9.

The ceremonies will include student speakers who were selected to represent their graduating classes and a guest speaker for IU Bloomington.

This year, the start times for some ceremonies were moved to the evening where possible to make them more convenient for families traveling from out of town, and to allow for more school recognition events beforehand.

IU Bloomington

Scott Dorsey, a tech entrepreneur and IU Bloomington alumnus, will address graduates during the May 4 IU Bloomington undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Scott Dorsey. Photo by Emma Knutson Scott Dorsey. Photo by Emma Knutson

Dorsey, a 1989 graduate of the Kelley School of Business, is the managing partner of High Alpha, a venture studio that launches, scales and invests in enterprise cloud companies. He also earned an MBA in 1999 from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Prior to High Alpha, Dorsey co-founded ExactTarget and led the company as CEO and chairman to becoming a global marketing software leader. ExactTarget went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012 and was acquired by Salesforce in 2013.

Dorsey has experience serving on nonprofit boards, such as chairing the Indiana Sports Corp., and has been honored for his business and civic leadership, including being a two-time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash.

IU Bloomington’s student speakers will share converging messages about the power of mistakes and taking risks when they address their fellow graduates.

The May 3 graduate student speaker is Patrick Blackstone, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences who has done research in elementary particle physics. IU Bloomington’s undergraduate speaker is Hannah Pedersen, a biology major who will attend the IU School of Dentistry in the fall.


IUPUI’s May 9 commencement is a joint ceremony for graduate and undergraduate degree recipients.

The graduate speaker is Kidist Yasin, a doctoral student in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy who is earning a degree in philanthropic studies. The undergraduate speaker is Faith Odiete, an Honors College Scholar and criminal justice major in the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Commencement events

IU Bloomington’s graduate commencement ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. May 3 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, and the undergraduate commencement ceremony will be at 7:45 p.m. May 4 at Memorial Stadium.

An infographic titled Indiana University By the Numbers, 2024 Commencement. Below the headline it says, 18,906 degrees earned...

IUPUI’s combined graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremony takes place at 7:45 p.m. May 9 at Carroll Stadium.

Dates and times for regional campus commencements:

  • IU Fort Wayne: 3 p.m. May 5 at Memorial Coliseum.
  • IU Southeast: 10 a.m. May 6 at The Caesars Foundation of Floyd County Amphitheater.
  • IU Kokomo: 10 a.m. May 7 at Campus Pavilion Lot.
  • IUPUC: 10 a.m. May 7 at Circle K Fieldhouse at NexusPark.
  • IU South Bend: 7 p.m. May 7 at the Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame.
  • IU Northwest: 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time May 8 at IU Northwest Savannah Parking Lot 2 (west section).
  • IU East: 10 a.m. May 9 at Whitewater Hall parking lot.


A few interesting facts about IU’s graduates:

  • They represent 132 countries.
  • The youngest is 15.
  • The oldest is 77.
  • There are 47 sets of twins and one set of triplets.

Celebrating safely 

To ensure our graduates can mark this significant moment in a way that reflects all their achievements, Indiana University is implementing additional safety measures for a successful celebration.

IU respects the free sharing of ideas and viewpoints, and it is the university’s duty to uphold the right to peaceful protest under the First Amendment. Therefore, ceremonies at IU Bloomington and IUPUI will have designated areas for protests outside each venue, and inside the venues staffers will respond to disruptions, beginning with warnings and requests to respect the importance of the celebrations for graduates and their families. 

Guests in both Bloomington and Indianapolis can opt in to receive traffic, parking and safety messages during the ceremonies by texting “IUBgrad” to 226787 or “IUPUIgrad” to 67283, respectively. 

Guests at ceremonies across all campuses will be permitted to bring clear bags that are approximately the size of a one-gallon freezer bag or small clutches approximately the size of a hand. Prohibited items include backpacks, banners, placards, flags, noise makers, weapons, packages and outside food and beverage.

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