IWU celebrates spring commencement

On Saturday, April 30, Indiana Wesleyan University will graduate approximately 1,500 students during three ceremonies in the Chapel Auditorium on the Marion Campus. Residential undergraduate degrees will be conferred at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Non-residential associate and bachelor degrees will be conferred at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony. Graduate degrees and the non-residential Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be conferred at the 6 p.m. ceremony.

Governor Mike Pence will be the morning commencement speaker. Pence plans to share personal and faith lessons learned since his college graduation. He took office in January 2013 as the 50th Governor of Indiana and has been dedicated to continuing Indiana on a pathway to success through fiscal responsibility and economic development. Before being elected governor, Pence represented Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District in Congress and served as House Republican Conference Chairman and Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. 

The commencement speaker at the subsequent ceremonies will be Mr. Bill Stanczykiewicz, director of The Fund Raising School and Senior Lecturer for Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis. His speech is titled, “Leadership and Collaboration: Lessons from the Barbershop.” Previously, Stanczykiewicz served 17 years as president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, a nonprofit agency that promotes healthy youth development and academic achievement through professional development, data and technical assistance.

Graduates will include the first students from the Master of Practical Theology and the Bachelor of Science with a major in Healthcare Administration.

Media credentials are required for all ceremonies and are available by contacting Janelle Vernon (janelle.vernon@indwes.edu) before April 29. General admission tickets are required for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony only. Overflow seating is available in the Phillippe Performing Arts Center.

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953