IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke will award the degrees during what Sciame-Giesecke calls "one of the best days of the year."
"It is so gratifying to see so many students achieve their goals and dreams," she said. "These graduates will join more than 11,000 graduates who have earned their degrees on this campus. So many have gone on to enhance our region as teachers, doctors, nurses and in other professions. I look forward to the ceremony and the celebrations."
Graduates, of whom nearly 40 percent are first-generation college students, represent 27 Indiana counties, six states, and nine countries. Forty-four students are earning master's degrees. Another 482 are earning bachelor's degrees, while 24 will receive associate degrees.
The School of Nursing has the largest number of graduates, with 165 earning bachelor's degrees. The second most frequent degree being awarded is the Bachelor of Science in general studies, with 73.
Jeremy Gibson of Kokomo, student body president, will represent the graduates as the class speaker.
Peru attorney Brandon Rush will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the IU Kokomo Alumni Association during the ceremony. Rush is being honored for his community service.
In case of rain, there will be two ceremonies, in Havens Auditorium. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will include graduates in the School of Nursing, Division of Allied Health, and School of Education. The second ceremony, at 1:30 p.m., will include graduates from the School of Sciences, School of Business, and School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Outdoor ceremonies are open to the public, with seating in the Hunt Hall parking lot. Those attending ceremonies in Havens Auditorium must have a ticket. Graduates received tickets with their caps and gowns. Free parking is available on campus.
Radio and television stations in the area will be notified as early as possible May 7 if Commencement is moved indoors.
For more information go to www.iuk.edu and click on the Countdown to Commencement button.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.