College Senior Send-Off

It’s time to celebrate!

We’re rolling out the crimson carpet to honor you and your accomplishment! Join us for our annual College Senior Send-Off on Friday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. Executive Dean Rick Van Kooten will offer brief remarks before we recognize attending seniors by name and present you with the College Key, a symbol of your achievement.

The priority deadline to register for this event is Friday, April 5. Replying by this date ensures you will receive a College Senior Send-Off t-shirt at the recognition ceremony.

The final date to RSVP is Friday, April 26. This is your moment, so bring as many family members and friends as you wish to cheer you on!

Know before you go

8:30 a.m.
Doors open at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for student check-in and student slideshow begins.

9:00 a.m.
We ask that all students arrive by 9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m.
Students take their seats on the floor of Assembly Hall.

9:30 a.m.
The official program commences with remarks from Executive Dean Rick Van Kooten. Each student’s name will be read in recognition of their achievement.

11:00 a.m.
The College Senior Send-Off program concludes.

Be a part of the College Senior Send-Off slideshow! We want to feature photos of your favorite moments as an IU student. We’re looking for photography of you and your friends, your favorite places, or academic and extracurricular experiences. The images will be displayed on the big screens in Assembly Hall prior to the College Senior Send-Off celebration. The submission deadline is April 24.

Get festive. Dress to impress, however you define your personal style: business casual, semi-formal, festive formal, or a fashion inspired by your major. Have fun with it.    

Important note: Cap and gown are not to be worn. These are reserved for the Spring Undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, May 4.   

Parking is available for free in all lots surrounding Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the day. Accessible parking for graduates or guests with ADA hangtags or license plates is available in the blue lot off of 17th Street.

Guests who do not have ADA hangtags or license plates may follow the instructions listed above. Drivers may drop off guests who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility at the north lobby entrance of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, where it is comfortable to wait until drivers have parked their vehicles and returned to the lobby.

Find more information for guest parking here.

Tickets are not issued for the College Senior Send-Off, and you can bring as many guests as you wish. Guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis in sections not reserved for seniors, academic advisors, or faculty. Ushers will be stationed throughout the stadium to direct guests to the best possible seats.

Accessible seating is available for guests in wheelchairs and with limited mobility. Venue staff are trained to assist with special seating for guests in wheelchairs and with limited mobility.

The closest airport to Bloomington is Indianapolis International Airport. Allow 1.5 hours of travel time from the airport to Bloomington. You can also use a shuttle service to travel between the Indianapolis International Airport and Bloomington: Bloomington Shuttle Service.

Accommodations for guests who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing

  • Closed captioning and sign language interpreting are available at the ceremony.
  • Guests in need of these services are encouraged to ask attendants for seating where these services are easily viewed.

Seating for guests with wheelchairs or mobility limitations

  • Guests with wheelchairs and other members of their parties should ask a uniformed attendant for seating assistance once their parties are complete.
  • Attendants will make every effort to provide the parties of guests who use wheelchairs with appropriate seating.

Parking for guests with wheelchairs or mobility limitations

  • If any member of your party uses a wheelchair, and the vehicle that is being used has a government-issued accessibility tag, please enter the athletics complex via Gate 2 off 17th St. or Gate 13 off Fee Lane. Attendants will provide directions to the designated ADA lot.
  • No prior parking arrangements are required for guests whose vehicles have ADA tags. Guests who do not have ADA tags or license plates may also follow the same instructions as listed above.
  • Drivers may drop off guests who use wheelchairs at the north lobby entrance of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, where it is comfortable to wait until drivers have parked their vehicles and returned to the lobby.
  • Wheelchair users must bring their own wheelchairs, with personal identification attached and prominently displayed. Indiana University does not supply wheelchairs.

For families and friends who cannot attend, the College Senior Send-Off will be livestreamed on

More information 

We know there is a lot to plan for when preparing for Spring Recognition activities. Please reach out to us with any questions.

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