The stories behind Commencement

It’s my favorite time of the year here in Btown.

Commencement. A time for taking selfies and smiling snapshots at the Sample Gates. Caps, gowns and the turning of the tassles. Hugs, handshakes and, yes, the hashtag. (In case you’re wondering, this year you can follow the festivities at #iubgrad15.)

Now in its 186th year, Commencement at IU Bloomington continues to be an expression of joy and achievement, as well as a chance for IU’s newest graduates to reflect on a remarkable accomplishment and what they’ll take from their college experience moving forward.

In the days leading up to commencement ceremonies, several outstanding graduating seniors agreed to share a little about their time at IU Bloomington, including their top memories, favorite spots on campus, the people and events that inspired them, the opportunities they were afforded to grow intellectually, culturally and socially, and their plans post graduation.

These “senior spotlights” showcase students from diverse backgrounds who have embraced a wide range of experiences inside and outside of the classroom, all of which have prepared them for a lifetime of success.

Members of the Class of 2015 took time to share their memories of their time at IU Bloomington.

Members of the Class of 2015 took time to share their memories of their time at IU Bloomington.

Listening to their stories is a wonderful reminder of what a special time commencement is in the lives of those who’ve captured the promise of IU and, in doing so, added to the storied traditions that make this university so great.

Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2015!

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