Thousands of students throughout the state will graduate this weekend during commencement ceremonies. Schools including IUPUI, the University of Evansville, Purdue University Calumet and multiple Ivy Tech Community College campuses will recognize graduates. May 7, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – More than 6,500 students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will be awarded 6,633 undergraduate and graduate degrees on Mother’s Day, May 10.

One commencement ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in Halls A-B-C at the Indianapolis Convention Center, followed by a second ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

The morning ceremony is for students receiving degrees from School of Dentistry, School of Education, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Informatics and Computing, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Fairbanks School of Public Health, School of Social Work, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and University Graduate School.

The afternoon ceremony is for students receiving degrees from the schools of Kelley School of Business, School of Engineering and Technology, Herron School of Art and Design, School of Liberal Arts, Lilly School of Philanthropy, School of Science, IUPUC and University Graduate School.

Of the degrees to be awarded to 6547 students, 5,241 will be awarded by Indiana University and 1,392 by Purdue University. Most of the students, 59.5 percent, will be between the ages of 23 and 29.

Among the graduates there will be:

Six sets of twins.

One set of triples

The oldest graduating student is 69.

The youngest student graduating is 19.

The most numerous degree to be granted is the Bachelor of Arts, 723

The second most frequent degree to be granted is the Bachelor of Science, 604.

88 percent of the students graduating are Indiana residents from 88 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

There are 481 international students from 101 countries.

Nearly one out of every three graduates, or 32.6 percent, are the first in their families to graduate from college. Some 57.9 percent of the students who are graduating are female and 42.1 percent are male.

Source: IUPUI

May 5, 2015

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville’s 157th Commencement ceremony is set for Saturday, May 9, 1:30 p.m., at the Ford Center in downtown Evansville. The event will feature the conferring of two honorary degrees.

Lee H. Hamilton will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He currently is Professor of Practice in the School for Public and Environmental Affairs, Distinguished Scholar in the School of Global and International Studies, Co-Chair for International Engagement Advisory Board, and director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

From 1965 to 1999, Hamilton served Indiana in the US House, where he chaired the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. Hamilton chaired the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, and was vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission). He was co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, and co-chairman of the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future. He served as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and co-chairman of the US Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, and the CIA External Advisory Board. Since retirement from Congress, Hamilton has been a member of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and the US Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil.

Hamilton graduated from DePauw University and Indiana School of Law and studied at Goethe University in Germany.

Jean C. Beckman will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Beckman began her career at UE over 35 years ago. From 1989 to 2003, she was chair of the Department of Chemistry, later dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and then interim vice president for academic affairs. Beckman’s excellence in the classroom earned her the Dean’s Teaching Award in 1997. Beckman’s service and dedication to the University earned her the Sydney and Sadelle Berger Award for Service in 2013.

She has exhibited great generosity in establishing the Beckman Endowed Research Fellowship Fund, which provides support for undergraduate research. Beckman serves the Evansville community as a volunteer and has leadership roles at Patchwork Central and First Presbyterian Church.

Beckman earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Colby College and a PhD in organic chemistry with minors in biochemistry and pharmacology from Indiana University. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, Indiana Academy of Science, Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.

UE will award 583 degrees to 586 graduating students during the ceremony. The event will also feature the Senior Keynote address, presentation of the University of Evansville Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year award, as well as the Outstanding Senior Service Awards.

For those who cannot attend Commencement in person, a video of the ceremony will stream live online at The recorded video will be posted on this page the week after Commencement.

About the University of Evansville

The University of Evansville is a private, liberal arts-based university in Evansville, Indiana, with a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,300. UE’s diverse student body represents 42 states and 55 countries. U.S. News & World Report recognizes UE as a top 10 master’s-granting university in the Midwest, and fourth in the region for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” For more information, please contact the Office of University Relations at 812-488-2241 or visit

Source: University of Evansville

May 4, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College will recognize this year’s graduating class at 14 different sites across Indiana. The Community College estimates that nearly 21,100 credentials will be awarded at commencement ceremonies throughout the state taking place from May 7 to May 15.

“Commencement ceremonies are a wonderful culmination of all the students’ hard work, and for those of us who represent Ivy Tech, we look forward to watching our students cross the stage to accept their credentials, degrees and certificates,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “As Indiana’s community college, we continue to be inspired by the opportunity to help many other Hoosier students get to this point.”

The nearly 21,100 credentials is an increase of 26 percent over the last two years, and an increase of nearly 70 percent over the last five years. In addition to earning credentials Ivy Tech students have earned thousands of credits to transfer to four-year institutions throughout the state, saving those students more than $34.8 million dollars in tuition costs.

The college will also present honorary degrees to 19 individuals this year. The recipients have played significant roles in their communities and in their contributions to Ivy Tech. Each of this year’s honorary degree recipients will receive an Associate of Science in College and Community Service in recognition of their commitment to education and Ivy Tech Community College.

This year’s ceremonies will be scheduled as follows:

May 7 at 7 p.m., Hulman Center, Terre Haute. Featured speaker is Outstanding Alumna Miranda Hay. Honorary degree recipient is D

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