Watch the live replay of previous ceremonies.

Important Travel Information

Traffic Delays Possible

  • An Indiana Michigan Power project has impacted portions of roads located west of Ball State's campus. Portions of Tillotson Avenue may be reduced to one northbound and one southbound lane.
  • On IN 332 between I-69 and Tillotson Avenue, there are alternating lane closures due to repaving and road construction work.

We recommend using Bethel Avenue to access the parking lots surrounding Worthen Arena.

Spring Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 4.

Main Ceremony Commencement Speaker

Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

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Times and Locations

  • 10 a.m. – Main, university-wide ceremony in the Quad
    *This is a ceremony and celebration for all graduates that features a speaker, an address from President Mearns, the hooding of doctoral candidates, the conferral of master’s and undergraduate degrees, and a special performance. Master’s and undergraduate candidates will not be individually recognized at this ceremony. They will walk across the stage as their name is called at their assigned college ceremony below. We encourage master’s and undergraduate candidates to attend both ceremonies to get the full experience.
  • 12:30 p.m. – College of Fine Arts at Emens Auditorium
  • 12:30 p.m. – College of Health and Teachers College at Worthen Arena
  • 4:00 p.m. – R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning at Emens Auditorium
  • 4:00 p.m. – Miller College of Business and College of Communication, Information, and Media at Worthen Arena
  • 7:30 p.m. – College of Sciences and Humanities at Worthen Arena

These ceremonies will not be ticketed so graduates are welcome to invite as many guests as they would like. The venues will open one hour prior to each ceremony start time. Each ceremony is estimated to last two hours. Students and guests are expected to adhere to the etiquette and protocols guidelines, including staying for the duration of your assigned ceremony.

All ceremonies will be livestreamed on this web page on the day of the event.

All graduates need to complete the following four steps below.

Step 1: Apply to Graduate

Complete the official graduation application by the appropriate deadline. The deadlines to apply for graduation are:

  • Wednesday, March 13 (graduate students)
  • Monday, April 29 (undergraduate students)

In order for a student's name to be included in the commencement program book, they must apply no later than Wednesday, April 3. Any students who apply after this date will not have their name printed in the commencement program book.

If you are a graduate student who missed the application deadline, please contact the Graduate School at 765-285-1291. If you are an undergraduate student who missed the application deadline, please contact the Academic Advising Center at 765-285-1161.

Apply to Graduate

Step 2: Register for Commencement

Complete the Commencement registration form to let us know your plan to attend Commencement. The deadline to submit this form is Wednesday, April 3.

Register for Commencement

Step 3: Order Your Cap and Gown

Order your cap and gown online. You will be given two shipping options.

  • Ship to Home (additional shipping and handling fee): ordering deadline — Sunday, April 7
  • Ship to Bookstore (pick-up beginning April 23): ordering deadline — Thursday, March 21

Step 4: Complete the First Destination Survey

Completing the First Destination Survey (FDS) helps us better prepare future Cardinals for success after graduation. If you have landed a job, decided on graduate school, joined the military, or chosen another exciting venture, let us know. 

If you are still determining your post-grad plans, there is no need to complete this survey. We will contact you via email or phone in the coming months to capture your outcome.

Take The Survey

The information you provide is confidential and all data received is aggregated.

Still seeking or deciding? Connect with the Career Center for assistance. We are here to help. Call 765-285-1522 to make an appointment with a career coach.