Graduation is a high point in the experience of Indiana Wesleyan University students, their families, and their friends. People will gather from far and wide to celebrate as thousands of IWU graduates receive their diplomas. Commencement is a time to recognize the academic achievement and commitment of each student who is completing his or her college journey. The beautiful new Chapel-Auditorium on the traditional campus in Marion, Indiana, provides the setting for IWU graduation.

There will be two Commencement ceremonies this December:

Graduation Ceremony Schedule
10:00 a.m. College of Adult and Professional Studies undergraduate degrees (excluding RNBSN degrees)
2:00 p.m. College Of Arts and Sciences undergraduate degrees, all RNBSN degrees, all graduate degrees

Graduation honors are given to baccalaureate students at Commencement to acknowledge outstanding grade point averages (GPA) earned:

Graduation Honors
GPA of 3.5 or higher "cum laude" (with honors)
GPA of 3.7 or higher "magna cum laude" (with high honors)
GPA of 3.9 or higher "summa cum laude" (with highest honors)

Students who qualify for honors will receive honor cords, be noted in the commencement program, and be recognized during the ceremony.


These directions can help you find your way to the IWU campus for Commencement.

Tickets and Seating

Because space is limited, tickets are required for entrance to the Chapel-Auditorium. The number of tickets issued to each student will be determined as soon as all graduation applications have been received. For CAS students, tickets will be available for pick up in the Residential Academic Services office on a date that is yet to be determined. Students should watch their email for further ticket information. For APS students, tickets will be mailed only to those who have indicated that they are attending the ceremony. Students having extra tickets may give them to other students or return them to the Office of Student Services.

Unlimited overflow theater-style seating with closed -circuit television is available in the Auditorium of the Phillippe Performing Arts Center (no tickets required). If you or anyone in your party requires special seating, please know that our buildings are accessible with ample provision for wheelchairs.


There is ample parking available during Commencement.

Ceremony DVD

Celebrate Commencement anytime with a ceremony DVD from WIWU TV. DVD details and purchase information is available here.