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IU Spring Commencement Ceremonies Top $1.65M
Updated August 1, 2017 7:09 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Figures provided by Indiana University show the school spent $1.65 million on commencement ceremonies this spring.

The Bloomington Herald Times reports that total doesn't include the costs of ceremonies that were organized by individual schools or units.

The Bloomington campus ceremonies were the most expensive at more than $900,000, followed by more than $430,000 spent by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and almost $130,000 spent by IU Southeast.

University spokeswoman Margie Smith-Simmons says more than $140,000 was spent on stage labor for the Bloomington ceremonies. That work included set-up and tear-down of stages, sound equipment, seating and the field covering in Memorial Stadium.

Travel accommodations for the undergraduate commencement speaker and the graduate commencement speaker cost about $25,000.

The spring 2016 commencement ceremonies at the Bloomington campus cost about $270,000 more than this year's ceremonies.

The cost of commencements at Indiana University campuses for spring 2017:


  • Indiana University-Bloomington: $909,512

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: $432,612

  • Indiana University-Kokomo: $70,241

  • Indiana University-Southeast: $128,391

  • Indiana University-South Bend: $25,055

  • Indiana University-East: $28,906

  • Indiana University-Northwest : $61,832

Source: Indiana University Communications



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