IUSM Commencement

2017 Details

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Indiana University School of Medicine Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in the Sagamore Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 12:00 p.m. Tickets are not required and seating is on a first come, first serve basis (reserved seating is not permitted). Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and parking is available at various surrounding garages including the Government Center Garages at Washington & Senate Street.

Special overnight room rates have been secured on behalf of Indiana University School of Medicine Senior Banquet & Graduation weekend.  Reservations are available at both the JW Marriott and Courtyard on a first come, first serve basis until Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

JW Marriott $155.00 per night
Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown $149.00 per night

All students are also invited to participate in the IUPUI School Wide Commencement Program at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Additional details will follow.

Questions can be directed to Rachael Urso at rurso@iu.edu.


Each year, IUSM faculty perform both the hooding with the conferring of degrees during Commencement and the presentation of coats during the White Coat Ceremony.

If a student has a parent who is an IUSM faculty member (full-time, part-time or volunteer), or an IUSM faculty member has an interest in participating in either of these ceremonies, please contact Rachael Urso by the appropriate deadline below for consideration for participation. Thank you.

  • Deadline: February 28 for 2017 Commencement

The Sagamore Ballroom has a capacity of 3,000 people and should accomodate all guests. Please note that seating cannot be reserved.

We ask that all students arrive at the Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. for registration, outside of the Sagamore Ballroom. Graduates must be lined up in designated area no later than 9:00 a.m.

All graduates and all participants in the program must wear cap and gown. The hood is to be carried over the left arm during the procession. Graduates must deposit their gown and hood in boxes located at the exits before leaving the Indiana Convention Center, please dress accordingly. The cap and tassel are yours to keep.

2016 Details


The 2016 Commencement video is available here.

2016 Speaker

2016 Commencement Speaker

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS

Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Dean for Research Mentoring
Indiana University School of Medicine

Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS is a Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Research Mentoring at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. He earned a BA in chemistry from Amherst College, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an MS in health services from the University of Washington, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

Aaron's research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care and areas of health policy including physician malpractice, the pharmaceutical industry/physician relationship, and health care financing reform.

He is also the co-author of Don't Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked, and Don't Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked, all published by St. Martin's Press.

In addition to being a regular contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times, Aaron has written for CNN.com, Bloomberg News, the JAMA Forum, and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, ABC News Now, and The Colbert Report. He's a regular guest on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, which airs on Sirius/XM radio.

Aaron also has a popular YouTube channel called Healthcare Triage, where he talks about health research and health policy.