Commencement News for April 2017 Graduates

Vincennes University graduates turn their tassels

All times are Eastern Times ~ Please watch this page as information may change closer to commencement.

Commencement Day - Saturday, April 29, 2017

If you have guests with special seating needs, they need to arrive early. Guests with disabilities should see an usher upon arrival.  Note: Graduates needing accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. The Office of Disability Services can be reached at 812-888-4501 and is located in the South Lobby of Vigo Hall.

Academic Honors
Graduates are candidates for academic honors if their cumulative GPA is 3.50 or higher.  The honors category will be indicated next to the student’s name on the Commencement program.  Academic honors candidates are eligible to wear an honor stole or fourragere at the Commencement ceremony.  Eligible graduates will receive additional information once a graduation audit has been completed.

Petitions to Graduate
Students need to meet with their Academic Advisor in their respective College to begin the petition to graduate process. Petitions must be returned to the Registrar's Office no later than Friday, March 24, 2017. It is also important to note that graduation audits are completed in the order they are received in the Registrar's Office. Petitions to Graduate received after March 24 may not be processed in time for inclusion in the commencement program.

Graduation Photos
Grad Images will photograph the graduates during the ceremony and will provide each graduate photographed an opportunity to order enlargements from a variety of photographic packages with no obligation to purchase. For more information, go to the Grad Images website,, or call 800-261-2576.

Final Examinations
Final examinations for all students will be held the following week (May 2-5, 2017). Students must leave the residence hall within 48 hours after their last exam unless arrangements are made through the Residential Life Office. Residence Halls close Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Book Buy-Back and Rental Return
Students have an opportunity to sell many of their books at the end of each semester. Book buy-backs are scheduled May 1-14, 2017, in front of the VU Bookstore during normal hours of operation. Rental books are to be returned to the Bookstore during this time. If rental books are not returned, students will be charged the full amount of the book. This could hold up the release of diploma, transcripts, and grades.