Nearly 6,500 degrees to be awarded at IUPUI commencement ceremonies

  • May 1, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly 6,500 students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will be awarded degrees on Mother’s Day, May 11. Among them will be five sets of twins. The youngest graduate is 19, and the oldest is 71.

One commencement ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in Halls A-B-C at the Indianapolis Convention Center, followed by a second ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Of the 6,549 degrees to be awarded to 6,479 students, 5,159 degrees will be awarded by Indiana University and 1,390 by Purdue University: 124 associate degrees; 4,020 bachelor's; 1,616 master's; 49 doctoral-research; and 740 doctoral-practice.

The most numerous degree to be awarded is the Bachelor of Arts, 671, with psychology, 116, being the largest major. The second most frequent degree is the Bachelor of Science, 593, with computer and information technology, 76, being the largest major.

Some 89.4 percent of the graduates are Indiana residents, 57.6 percent are female, and 27.4 percent are the first in their families to graduate from college.

The largest block of students by age, 34 percent, are between 25 and 29. Students who are 30 or older make up 27.6 percent of the graduates; students who are 23 or 24, 26.9 percent; and students 23 or younger, 11.5 percent.

More than 470 graduates are international students representing 100 countries. More than 400 graduates participated in study abroad programs, reflecting efforts by IUPUI to prepare students to compete on a global playing field in the 21st century.

Rachelle Bennington, 19  - IUPUI's youngest 2014 graduate

Rachelle Bennington, 19 - IUPUI's youngest 2014 graduate

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Richard Schneider