Key Stadium to host May 3 commencement

Outdoor ceremony will recognize both undergraduate and graduate students

Faculty members applaud graduates after the 2013 undergrad ceremony.

UIndy faculty members applaud graduates after the 2013 undergraduate ceremony.

UIndy is supersizing graduation day this year with a May 3 ceremony that will be the university’s first outdoor commencement in decades and the first since 2002 to combine undergraduate and graduate programs.

Commencement exercises have been conducted indoors since the 1960s, most recently in Nicoson Hall basketball arena. Growing enrollment led to a decision in 2003 to separate the spring celebration into two separate ceremonies, one for undergraduate programs and the other for graduate students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees. Each event offered only limited seating for family and friends.

This year, a single commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. May 3 in Key Stadium will be open to all 1,343 of this year’s eligible graduates, with no tickets required for guests. The football facility will be configured to seat up to 10,000 people for the occasion.

“Commencement is a milestone that the entire UIndy community should celebrate together,” university President Robert Manuel said. “Moving outdoors to Key Stadium also opens our celebration to the broader community and signifies the university’s role as an anchor for our southside neighborhood.”

A live webcast of the ceremony will be viewable at, where more details on commencement also are available.

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