By: Karley Wajda
Commencement will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Joyce Center at Notre Dame. While this is coming up fast, there are still some things you can do to prepare for this exciting day.
There will be a Graduate Cookout on May 4, from 4:30-7 p.m. on the Greenlawn. This will be a time for graduating students to bring family and friends to meet faculty, take pictures and attend Titan Toast at 6 p.m.
Thinking about decorating your cap but don’t know how? Join the Career Services Office for cap decorating on May 3 in the University Grill. Craft materials and refreshments will be provided. Reserve your seat on Titan Atlas for one of three time slots: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 5:30 p.m., or 6 to 8 p.m.
If you want to decorate your cap but cannot attend the cap decorating on May 3, here are some helpful tips:
Check online for inspiration. Look up your specific major, inspirational quotes or something that interests you.
Get your supplies ready. Prepare what you want your cap to look like before decorating. Consider sketching out the design. Make sure to have all of your materials before getting started.
Decorate! Start decorating your cap in a way that is unique to you. Felt cutouts, stick-on letters, puffy paint and appliques such as flowers, rhinestones or even Legos might help you bring your ideas to life.
Don’t forget to take pictures. Take pride in your decorated cap. Once you make sure all the parts of your design are firmly secured to the cap, take pictures and show it off. After all, you worked so hard to be here, and on your cap!
In order to prepare for commencement, there are a few things to make sure to do beforehand.
- Ensure your name and mailing address are correct on one.iu for your degree
- Make sure you have your cap and gown
- Get a lightweight outfit ready for under your gown
- Decorate your cap
- Depending on your hair type, consider attaching pins or a headband to your cap for more comfort while wearing it
- Make sure you have all cords before commencement
- Steam your gown the night before to get out all wrinkles
- Check your IU email the morning of commencement for important updates
- Take a deep breath and graduate!
Commencement may be the most important day in your college career. Being prepared is the best way to make it more memorable. By following these steps, you can be ready to graduate on May 9. Congratulations, Titans!