GARY | Indiana University Northwest will host its 47th annual commencement ceremony on May 9 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Genesis Center, located at 5th Avenue and Broadway in Gary.
Graduates will be robed in custom-made black rental gowns. Undergraduates will be able to keep the crimson satin “stole of remembrance” that is worn over the gown, as well as the cap and tassel.
IU Northwest will recognize those in active duty, National Guard, as well as reserves and veterans of the United States Armed Services. Service personnel, who represent the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, will wear a twisted cord of red, white and blue. ROTC graduates who will commission on or immediately after graduation are also eligible.
The ceremony is expected to last about two hours.
Tickets are not required for family members and friends to attend Commencement.
IU Northwest graduates and their guests are invited to park at one of the free locations listed below. The university will provide its RedHawk Shuttle service to and from the Genesis Center with stops at or near most of the following locations:
•Massachusetts Street (North): Located off of 5th Avenue at Massachusetts Street on the west side of the street.
•Hudson Campbell: Located off of 5th Avenue at Massachusetts Street on the east side of the street.
•Virginia Street (North): Located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Virginia Street on the east side of the street.
•Virginia Street (South): Located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Virginia Street directly across from Hellman’s Tire Service.
•Carolina Street (North): Located off of either 4th Avenue or 5th Avenue at Carolina Street.
•555 Polk Street (Public Safety Building)
For convenience, the IU Northwest RedHawk Shuttle will provide free transportation to and from the Genesis Center at the following locations:
•At Virginia Street northbound, south of 5th Avenue.
•At Virginia Street northbound, south of 4th Avenue.
The RedHawk Shuttle will drop off/pick-up directly in front of the Genesis Center. The shuttle will operate from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., and will resume 15 minutes following the closing of Commencement and run for one hour. There will be two shuttles making rounds every five to 10 minutes.
Designated free parking areas and RedHawk Shuttle location pick-up/drop-off locations will be marked with signage.
Free handicapped parking is located on the first floor of the Genesis Center parking garage.
The Gary Police Department will be on hand to assist with traffic control.
For more information on this year's graduation program, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details can be found at www.iun.edu/commencement/.