On Dec. 16, IU President Michael A. McRobbie confirmed the degrees of undergraduates and graduate students at Indiana University Bloomington who completed degree requirements between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31.
In his address at a 90-minute commencement ceremony at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, McRobbie stressed the importance of education and enlightenment in a post-truth era.
"As graduates of Indiana University, you have been preparing for years to become the next generation to discover, to understand, and to apply all that you have learned," McRobbie said. "As you leave this ceremony and begin to use the knowledge and skills you have acquired to become the leaders of tomorrow, I call on you to renew your commitment to be the standard-bearers of truth."
From the top: IU President Michael A. McRobbie delivers his annual commencement speech on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall; IU alumnus Fred Luddy welcomes graduates to the "starting line" during his winter commencement address; and IU alumnus and world-renowned contemporary opera conductor Patrick Summers receives an honorary Doctor of Music from President McRobbie. Photos by James Brosher, IU Communications
Fred Luddy, information technology product pioneer and ServiceNow Inc. founder and chief product officer, addressed graduates at the ceremony and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Luddy is the lead donor for a new IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering building bearing his name and is a member of the school's dean’s advisory council.
McRobbie also presented an honorary Doctor of Music degree to IU alumnus and world-renowned contemporary opera conductor Patrick Summers and the President's Medal for Excellence to Moya Andrews, IU professor emeritus of speech and hearing sciences, during the ceremony.
From the top: IU President Michael A. McRobbie and other university dignitaries react to Fred Luddy's commencement address; several December graduates decorated their caps for the ceremony; and Moya Andrews, President's Medal for Excellence recipient and IU professor emeritus of speech and hearing sciences, chats with others in the robing room before the ceremony. Photos by James Brosher and Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications
Some 1,971 IU Bloomington students graduated. The campus awarded 2,061 degrees: 1,329 bachelor's degrees, 596 master's degrees, 127 doctoral research degrees, two doctoral practice degrees, and seven specialist degrees. (Some students receive more than one degree.)
The oldest graduate was 66, and the youngest was 20. The most numerous degree to be granted is the Bachelor of Arts, with economics being the largest major for the B.A. recipients. The second most numerous degree is Bachelor of Science in business, with finance being the largest major.
From the top: Fred Luddy, Moya Andrews and Patrick Summers speak during an Honorary Degree and Commencement Reception on Dec. 15 at President's Hall. Photos by Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications
McRobbie also hosted a reception for the honorary degree and President's Medal recipients on Dec. 15 at President's Hall in Franklin Hall.
From the top: IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie pose with Mariol Luddy, Fred Luddy's mother, during an Honorary Degree and Commencement Reception on Dec. 15 at President's Hall; and Patrick Summers and Fred Luddy chat with guests at the reception. Photos by Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications