Congratulations to all the graduates of Indiana University!  For the family and friends coming into town, here's some info to make your stay memorable.


Logistics

Updated February 22, 2021:
Indiana University has determined the format for the May 7-8, 2021 Commencement ceremonies. In order to comply with CDC, Indiana, and local guidance, as well as continuing efforts to mitigate COVID-19 infection, only the graduates and university leaders will participate in the in-person ceremonies. Family and friends will be invited to participate virtually through Indiana University's online broadcast. For additional information, please visit Indiana University's Commencement FAQ page.


Spring 2021 Commencement will take place in two sessions:

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 3:00 pm at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 10:00 am at Memorial Stadium.

The Winter Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 10:00 am at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. This is a single ceremony for all graduating students.

Many schools and clubs host their own celebrations, which you can read about here.

Your go-to resource for complete graduation information is commencement.iu.edu.

Lodging

Click here to browse all the hotels, bed & breakfasts, and cabins in and around Bloomington. Most accommodation providers start booking reservations a year in advance, so plan ahead!  We advise all visitors to thoroughly review reservation details including cancellation policies prior to booking.  Doing so will help avoid confusion and ensure a great experience for all visitors at this once-in-a-lifetime event.  

The first thing you might see when you try to book a hotel room online is that they all seem to be sold out for graduation weekend. Never fear! Many hotels could still have rooms left, and we keep track of that, so give us a call at 812-334-8900 or 800-800-0037. Also, know that the rates will be much higher than normal because it's such a popular weekend to come to town. Most hotels will offer some added amenities for that weekend, though, so be sure to ask!

Tips

Your trip to Bloomington will go a lot smoother if you heed these words of wisdom:

  • Make restaurant reservations way in advance -- many of them fill up months ahead! Click here to see all Bloomington restaurants, or read our blog post about group-friendly restaurants.
  • Parking can be tricky with so many people coming to town, so make sure you know all the options. See our pages on IU campus parking and downtown parking.

Things to do

While you're in Bloomington, make a vacation out of it! See our Events Calendar for exciting activities happening during your stay, and browse our B-town Blog for posts about everything that makes Bloomington unique! We also have a whole set of trip ideas for every tourist, from arts and culture to the great outdoors.