Commencement News for December 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, December 9 ~ 11:00 am  ~ Watch for live link

Red Skelton Performing Arts Center
20 Red Skelton Blvd. Vincennes, IN 


Rehearsal will be held in the in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center:  Friday, December 8 at 2:00 PM.  All graduates must attend regardless of the degree you will receive.  


10:00 AM - Doors open - Admittance by TICKET ONLY
10:15 AM - Students report to back hallway of RSPAC for line-up
11:00 AM - Commencement ceremony begins

Caps, gowns and tassels may be picked up at the Old Post Bookstore beginning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4, 5, 6, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.  The cost of the set, which the graduate keeps, is $30.00 plus tax for Associate degree graduates and $40.00 plus tax for Baccalaureate degree graduates. Additional tassels may be purchased for $5.00 each. Graduates purchasing a cap and gown on one of these 3 days may request up to 4 tickets to the Commencement ceremony (graduates do not need a ticket).  Although caps and gowns will be available after December 6, ONLY STUDENTS PURCHASING A CAP AND GOWN ON DECEMBER 4, 5, & 6, ARE GUARANTEED 4 TICKETS.  Any remaining tickets will be available in the Bookstore on a first-come-first-served basis for graduates walking in the ceremony after December 6 during regular hours through Friday, December 8, at 1:00 pm.  Up to 2 additional tickets may be requested per day as long as tickets are available. Cap and gowns will be availble for preorder at  Due to limited seating, tickets are only available to graduates walking commencement.

Graduation announcements are also available for purchase in the Bookstore.

Seating is a first come, first served. Doors open at 10:00 am..

If you, as a student participating in the Commencement ceremony, require special accommodations please fill out an accommodation request form at For guests who have special seating needs please have them arrive early. Wheelchair seating is available and an usher will assist you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Disability Services, in the Welsh Administration Building or by calling 812-888-4501.

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 the Grad Images website, or call 800.261.2576.

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.  Honors candidates should present this information to the Registrar’s Office during the week of December 4 to receive honor regalia. Stoles are $20 and Fourrageres are $30. 

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, October 27, 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 October 27 may not be processed in time for inclusion in the commencement program.

Final examinations for all students will be held the following week (December 11-15, 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 Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:00 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-back  is scheduled November 27 - December 15, 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 by December 18 penalty charges will be added to the student's account and/or students can be charged the full amount of the book. This could also hold up the release of diploma, transcripts, and grades.