Watch Ball State University's Commencement ceremony for 2020 graduates from R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning, College of Sciences and Humanities, and Teachers College. Opening remarks begin at 8 a.m.

Live closed captioning for this video is available as a streaming text at this link:  View closed caption.

2020 Commencement Update

In accordance with state and local guidelines, Ball State University will hold a series of smaller, outdoor Commencement ceremonies for all May, July, and December 2020 graduates on Saturday, May 15. All ceremonies will be held outdoors at Scheumann Stadium, rain or shine.

Graduates who wish to participate in Commencement must register on the Ball State Commencement website on or before March 29. Each graduate who registers will receive four complimentary guest tickets (no exceptions can be made for additional tickets). All ceremonies will be livestreamed and available on the Commencement website. All graduates and attendees of our Spring Commencement exercises will be required to wear masks.

The order of ceremonies will be as follows: 

  • R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning; College of Sciences and Humanities; Teachers College, 8 a.m.
  • Miller College of Business; College of Communication, Information, and Media; College of Fine Arts; College of Health, Noon

Commencement FAQs for 2020 Graduates

Commencement for 2020 Spring, Summer, and Fall graduates will take place on Saturday, May 15, at Scheumann Stadium (rain or shine). The order of ceremonies will be as follows:

  • R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning; College of Sciences and Humanities; Teachers College, 8 a.m.
  • Miller College of Business; College of Communication, Information, and Media; College of Fine Arts; College of Health, Noon
Yes. The registration form for in-person participation in Commencement is now available. Graduates will need to submit this form to declare their intent to participate by the end of the day on Monday, March 29.

Due to COVID capacity restrictions in the State of Indiana and Delaware County, we will be ticketing Commencement on Saturday, May 15. All graduates who have registered will receive a graduate ticket and four guest tickets (no exceptions can be made for additional tickets). Tickets for the May 15 ceremonies will be mailed to the address the graduate provided on their registration form. If you have not received your tickets by Wednesday, May 12, please contact the Commencement Office at 765-285-1686 or email commencement@bsu.edu.

No. All guest tickets will be assigned seating to accommodate proper physical distancing. We encourage your four guests to be from the same household or within the same social bubble, so they are comfortable sitting together.
Cap and gown packages can be ordered online via the Commencement website. The last day to order to pick up your package at the Ball State Bookstore is Monday, March 22. Graduates who select this option will be notified of the pick-up dates at a later date.

The deadline to order online and have your package shipped to you is Saturday, April 24.

Yes. The livestream will be available on the Commencement website.

Please note Ball State University is not offering a virtual option for graduates to participate in the commencement ceremonies.

Yes. As long as you complete the in-person registration form by Monday, March 29, your name will be read as you cross the stage at your Commencement ceremony. When you arrive, there will be a name card and pencil preset at your chair. You will need to complete the card with how you would like your name to be pronounced when it is your turn to cross the stage.

Yes. If you are not able to attend the rescheduled 2020 Commencement but would still like a printed program shipped to you, please complete this form. Printed programs will be shipped out in mid to late May.
If you are not able to attend the rescheduled 2020 Commencement on Saturday, May 15, and you would like to attend a future ceremony, please contact the Commencement Office at commencement@bsu.edu or call 765-285-1686.
Yes, as long as the decorations are not inappropriate or distracting to others in attendance.
Masks will be required for all attendees, including graduates. In addition, seating for graduates and guests will follow physical distancing guidelines, and the venue will be sanitized between each ceremony. Hand sanitation stations will be available throughout the venue.
To avoid damaging the football field and to prevent potential injury, graduates will be required to wear flat-soled shoes to participate in Commencement. Examples of flat-soled shoes that will be permitted include espadrilles, loafers, ballet flats, mules, oxfords, wedges, sneakers, slide sandals, gladiator sandals, etc.
Official Commencement announcements will be available to order on Balfour’s website.
Parking will be available for graduates and guests in the lots adjacent to Scheumann Stadium. Scheumann Stadium is located at 3300 Tillotson Ave, Muncie, IN 47304.