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IU Graduation Moved From Assembly Hall Due To Construction

Indiana University's graduation is being held at Memorial Stadium in the spring because of renovations being made to Assembly Hall.

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Photo: IU School of Medicine (Flickr)

IU's December graduation will still be held in Assembly Hall.

Indiana University in Bloomington will move its May commencement ceremony as a result of renovations being done to Assembly Hall.

IU spokesperson Mark Land says construction will start being in spring of 2015, and will not affect the upcoming December commencement.

“It’s a complex dance because as you probably know, these renovations are significant but at the same time, we don’t really have any other place to put 17,000 people to play basketball while this is going on,” Land says.

During next year’s basketball season, Land says the arena will continue construction in areas that won’t be used by fans or players.

Land says this early announcement is to let students and parents know in advance, but so far the details have yet to be worked out.

The undergraduate commencement will be outside at Memorial Stadium May 9. The graduate commencement will be a day before in Mellencamp Pavilion.

Renovations are scheduled to finish by the start of the 2016-2017 basketball season.

Casey Kuhn

Casey Kuhn is a reporter working for WFIU/WTIU news. Originally from Cincinnati, she recently graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in journalism. Her main interests are dogs, baseball, and food. Follow her online at @CaseyAtTheDesk.

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  • Bob Eckert

    Lets just hope the weather is perfect. We need to get Ms. Simon’s money spent fixing up the Assembly Hall. Isn’t she terrific for wanting to do this?

  • IndyMike

    It is too bad they didn’t demolish Assembly Hall and start over. It has to be one of the worst “big time” venues in the entire country to watch basketball.

  • Bob Eckert

    Whether the fans like it or not, it is still an architectural design that is still spoken highly of today in those circles and was way back when it was built. It is also getting a major makeover courtesy of Ms. Simon and maybe the best way for you to really appreciate it is the get seats nearer the court. Oh, I forgot, the fans don’t want to pay to see the games, they just want to see the games. Contact the Athletic Dept at IU and ask them to get you better seats. Remember, taxpayer money did not build that building or Memorial Stadium or any of the structures around Assembly Hall, Athletics is an auxiliary of the University and gets no state support, but they do have deep-pocketed alumni. Those are the folks to complain to.

  • IndyMike

    I am not an IU fan nor am I wanting tickets. Attended a game there once and have no desire to repeat the experience. Some of the seats in AH are so far away they are in a different area code. Good to know that my tax money had no part of building that monstrosity.

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