Student proudly showing off his cap with the phrase "This is what I'm here for"


You want your commencement experience to go off without a hitch, right? Follow the steps below and concentrate on finishing strong in the classroom.

1. Submit Your Petition for Graduation

If you plan on participating in commencement, you must complete a Petition for Graduation form; a $50 graduation fee will be charged to your account. Petitions filed after deadline will not be accepted for participation in the commencement ceremony.

Note: Commencement is only held in May. Both spring, summer and fall graduates are able to participate in the ceremony at that time.

  • For spring and summer graduates, the petition deadline is Feb. 1, 2019.
  • For fall graduates, the petition deadline is Oct. 1, 2018.

After your Petition for Graduation is received by the Office of the University Registrar, you will have an opportunity to review your degree audit, which will show what classes you must complete to attain your degree. If there are issues or discrepancies on the audit, you are asked to contact the Office of the University Registrar to discuss.

2. Commencement Academic Regalia

How to order

The registrar’s office will order students caps and gowns. Students provide their height and weight on their Petition for Graduation.

Where to it pick up

Traditional undergraduate students enrolled in classes in the spring semester will be notified of the date, time and place for cap-and-gown pick-up at the Fort Wayne campus. All other students will receive their caps and gowns via UPS delivery.

  • Cap-and-gown pickup for traditional day students will be Thursday, April 25 from 10 am- 2 pm, in Andorfer Commons.
  • Caps and gowns will be shipped mid-April to College of Professional Studies students.

Staff will be available on the morning of commencement to help students who need assistance with their graduation attire. You should arrive with your gown ready to wear, as no iron or steamer will be available to remove wrinkles that develop during packaging. You may keep your graduation attire after the ceremony.


3. Attend Commencement

Arrival information

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Graduate students should arrive at 8:30 am. Undergraduate students should arrive at 11:30 am.

Students, families, and other guests will be directed to park once they arrive at the parking check-in booth by the Coliseum staff. Parking is $6.00 per vehicle. Additional information about where to park and directions to the Allen County Memorial Coliseum can be found on the directions and parking page.


You will be directed by Indiana Tech Ushers towards the check-in tables. You will retrieve your name card from the marked check-in station. Staff will provide you with a name card that will be read as you enter the stage.

You will line up behind the sign that indicates your major. Staff will be available to assist you with preparing to enter the ceremony.

Dress appropriately for the day

You are encouraged to wear business-casual attire under your cap and gown.

4. After the Ceremony

Obtaining financial clearance

After academic clearance is achieved, financial clearance will be requested from the business office. If you are not financially cleared for graduation, the business office will provide a statement to indicate what is outstanding.

Mailing your diploma

Your diploma will be shipped via UPS to the address you included on your Petition for Graduation, three to four weeks after both academic and financial clearance are achieved. UPS will not ship to a post office box.

Replacement diplomas

Please visit our replacement diplomas page for instructions and ordering information.

Join the Alumni Association

You’ve worked hard and now you’re a graduate Indiana Tech is proud to call you a Warrior, and we hope that you continue to show your pride after you move on to the next part of your journey, wherever it may take you.

Visit our alumni site for more information on becoming a member of our alumni association.