Owensboro native Holly Bumpus took a lot of slack from her high school sweetheart when he signed a letter of intent to play basketball with USI archrival Kentucky Wesleyan. But love, despite the rivalry, prevailed, and the two are now engaged. Holly plans to put her health services degree to use working in the field of gerontology. "I just love talking to elderly people and listening to their stories." And, she won't be resting on the laurels of her Academic All-GLVC honors, or her tournament appearances. She plans to continue her education by pursing a master degree through USI's Occupational Therapy Program. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
While at Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Jacob Hartz played three sports. When he was accepted at the University of Southern Indiana (along with his triplet siblings), the first generation student used the discipline he developed as an athlete to focus on his academics. He discovered his passion during a class in abnormal psychology. Focused on graduating in four years, he took a full load of courses every semester and during summer sessions. With a degree in psychology in hand, he plans to continue his education, working toward a master's degree and, ultimately, a career in counseling with a focus on mental health. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
A non-traditional student, Tim Burklow worked in the public sector for 10 years before he had the opportunity to come to USI to complete his bachelor's degree in management. While a student in the Romain College of Business, he spent basketball seasons playing the trumpet in USI's Pep Band. He hopes to utilize the skills he developed to one day own and manage his own business. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
Aubrey Franklin, a Radio TV major, came to USI from Indianapolis as a self-described painfully shy freshman. After her first semester, she stepped out of her comfort zone and formed a new friendship with her roommate. That was just the beginning for Aubrey. She went on to blossom into a social butterfly, making it her goal to rescue other shy students from themselves. She has been a mentor to many students during her time at USI. She encouraged her friends to attend Activities Programming Board events and basketball games, and talked them into joining clubs and making new friends. While she is graduating and moving on, Aubrey is certain her proteges will continue the work she started to bring shy freshmen out of their rooms and into an amazing USI experience. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
Florence Takaendesa was the first student from Zimbabwe to come to USI. With a firm foundation in math, physics and chemistry, she was sure she would become an engineer. However, her freshman core classes taught her to be open to possibilities beyond science. She took her love of math and added economics to the mix. During her final semester, she interned at Old National Bank as a quantitative analyst, where she expanded her understanding of how banking affects the economy. "It has been an eye-opening experience." Post graduation, Florence plans to pursue graduate school. She's been eyeing Ivy league schools and even London to further her understanding of how banking affects the global economy. A doctorate is in her 10-year plan and she hopes to, one day, be able to serve and contribute to her home country of Zimbabwe. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
USI Romain College of Business student athlete Kori Jacobsen is missing out on the formal graduation ceremony to compete in the Women's Golf GLVC Championship in Waterloo, Illinois. She will return to USI to finish up finals, take a short rest and then head straight into grad school to begin work on a master's degree in Sport Management at USI. With All-American Scholar and Academic All-GLVC honors under her belt, pressure is nothing new to this honors graduate who is receiving a degree in Management and Marketing. Kori is keeping her post-education options open, but hasn't rules out coming back to a university setting as a coach or athletic director. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
Globe trotting USI graduate student Kyle Courtney is planning a vacation to Spain after receiving his second degree from USI. His master's degree in occupational therapy will bookend his bachelor's degree in exercise science earned in 2014. A Newburgh, Indiana native, Kyle wants to shake the small town dust off his shoes and is considering a traveling occupational therapy job that will allow him to continue to pursue his love of seeing the world. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
USI Academic Coordinator Theresa Ohning loves a challenge. From mud runs to pursuing to two bachelor's degrees, followed by a master's degree in second language acquisition, policy and culture, she's driven to succeed. As an academic coordinator, she teaches first-generation college students how to balance their schedules, and utilize study tips and leadership skills. She also oversees the peer mentoring program at USI, which helps train and match up first-generation scholars with other successful students. Ohning said that USI helped her to thrive by providing many education opportunities. These day's she's paying it forward by making sure Student Support Service-eligible students are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
Aleisha Jones hit the ground running at USI with a business plan and personal life goals clutched in one hand, and a camera in the other. She has taken photos at commencement, in the classroom, on the court, on the stage and in the field. She has participated in start-up weekends and given business pitches. And she has acted as unofficial adviser to scores of freshmen students, helping them to develop their own business/life plans. This spring, she's graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Never one to take it easy, Aleisha is already planning for an MBA, a doctorate, her first published marketing article, a post-grad trip to Europe and mentoring freshmen photographers. #USIgrad #ScreaglePride×
Peoria native Bobo Drummond lettered in track and basketball in high school. He brought his quickness to USI as a transfer student, finding a home with the Screaming Eagles. Establishing himself as a leader on the court and off, he fought through a back injury his senior year to win the ONB/USI Screaming Eagles Pride Award. This time around, Bobo’s fans will cheer him on for a different reason from the bleachers of the PAC, when he receives his degree in sports management. Bobo is a fan favorite, who takes time to speak to everyone. “When I build bridges, I don’t burn them,” Drummond said. “You never know if someone is going to need you, or if you’re going to need them. The biggest gift you can give someone is time. That’s been the motto for me.” Coach Watson says "It's all genuine. He's a guy you befriend and you're friends with the rest of your life."×
Like many local students, biology major Jacob Mischler thought he wanted to get out of town. He visited lots of campuses, but none of them felt right. His mom talked him into going to one of USI’s Southern Hospitality Days and, right away, USI felt like home. "I have always been a nature guy, I loved the way campus was surrounded by woods. Everyone I met that day was so much more welcoming than at the other schools I visited." He always felt drawn to being a doctor, but after his freshman year, decided to take the physician's assistant track to medical school. Currently he works a fast-paced job as an EMT at the St. Vincent’s Hospital emergency room. "I love that job. I get to do lots of different things. There is never a dull moment. The bad days are the best days because it’s non-stop excitement and education." Newly engaged to fellow Screagle/finance major Presley Fohls, he looks forward to practicing medicine by his mid-20s and becoming a family man. He encourages all local students to visit campus and explore the option of a local university and living on campus.×
Guests are required to have tickets for entry to all Fall and Spring Commencement Ceremonies. The number of tickets distributed per graduate is calculated from the number of tickets requested. All guests of degree candidates MUST HAVE TICKETS, which they will be required to show at the entrance of the Physical Activities Center to gain entrance to the ceremony.
All guests, including infants, must have a ticket for entry. Tickets guarantee entry into the ceremony.
Seats for all ceremonies are on a first-come basis. There is an accessible seating section available for individuals with disabilities.
The doors to the Physical Activities Center will open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony.
Tickets for Guests of Graduates
All candidates who have completed the following steps to graduation are eligible to obtain tickets:
For the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies, the following list provides the number of guaranteed tickets graduates may request based on the ceremony for which they are participating. Graduates must request up to that amount in order to receive them, and at that time may make a request for additional tickets; however, the total number of tickets distributed per graduate is calculated from the number of tickets requested from all graduates in that ceremony. Notifications will be sent by April 6, 2018 to graduates participating in commencement with the total number of tickets they will receive, based on their request.
Graduate Studies (masters, post-masters and doctoral degrees) - 5 guaranteed tickets if requested
Romain College of Business - 10 guaranteed tickets if requested
College of Liberal Arts - 7 guaranteed tickets if requested
Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education - 10 guaranteed tickets if requested
College of Nursing and Health Professions - 7 guaranteed tickets if requested
Tip for requesting tickets: If a graduate needs as many tickets as they can get for their family and friends to attend, then they need to maximize the request process – request the maximum guaranteed and the maximum additional. Calculations are based on these two requests combined. Additional tickets cannot be requested after April 1.
The number of guaranteed tickets available per graduate for the 2018 Fall Ceremonies will be determined by September 1, 2018.
Please be aware that Commencement tickets are University property and the sale and/or copying of Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited.
How Do I Obtain My Tickets?
Commencement tickets may be reserved online through the Commencement web site based on the following schedule:
2018 Spring Ceremonies
The Commencement ceremony participation reservation and ticket request form will be available between noon February 1, 2018 and midnight April 1, 2018. All graduates must have completed the Formal Application for Graduation in order to make a reservation and request tickets. See your academic advisor to complete graduation paperwork.
Tickets will be available for pick up beginning Monday, April 16, 2018, through Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Information Desk in University Center East near Cyclone Salad.
2018 Fall Ceremonies
The Fall 2018 dates for participation reservations and ticket requests will be available by September 1, 2018.
In Order to Pick Up Your Tickets
You must show your University of Southern Indiana identification card (Eagle Access Card) or photo ID and have your USI Student ID number. You will be asked to sign your name for your tickets.
If You Cannot Pick Up Your Tickets
If you are unable to pick up your tickets during the distribution times, you may designate a family member or friend to pick up your tickets. You must send a signed permission letter with the name of the person your tickets may be released to and a copy of your University of Southern Indiana identification card (Eagle Access Card), or a photo ID with your USI Student ID number.
Students who indicate they live more than 50 miles away from campus and do not have local friends or family who can pick up their tickets, may submit a form to request tickets to be mailed. All tickets will be mailed to the address provided on Monday, April 16. The University is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail.
You are encouraged to return any tickets that you will not be using to the University Relations Office located in the Wright Administration Building, room 104 by Friday, April 20, 2018.
Lost tickets will not be replaced.
All ticket requests for the Spring Ceremonies must be made before April 1, 2018. Additional tickets will not be available at a later date.
If a Guest Does Not Have a Ticket
All of the Commencement Ceremonies will be shown through live video streaming in the University Center East conference center (UC2217-UC2220) You also may view the Ceremonies online at: www.usi.edu/it/commencement.
Anyone who does not have a ticket will be directed to the University Center East conference center (UC2217-UC2220).
If you need to make other arrangements to pick up your tickets, please contact the University Relations office at 812-464-1755.