A matter of degrees

 

More than 1,200 diplomas were presented to graduate and undergraduate students during UIndy’s May Commencement ceremonies. About 440 students walked in the Graduate Commencement and were addressed by former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Kernan received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Jerry Israel, president of the University of Indianapolis from 1988 to 2005, was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Social Science degree.

About 780 students received degrees in the Undergraduate Commencement, where the address was delivered by John Lechleiter, chair, president, and CEO of Eli Lilly & Co. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree. The University comprises the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Health Sciences (including the Krannert School of Physical Therapy and School of Occupational Therapy); School for Adult Learning; School of Business; School of Education; School of Nursing; School of Psychological Sciences; Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning; and Center for Aging & Community.

International affiliations include the University of Indianapolis-Athens (Greece), the new ZYUFL-UIndy International College (see page 17), and cooperative degree programs with institutions in several other countries.

Student numbers

UIndy’s 2011 fall enrollment had risen to another all-time high with 5,345 students, up from last year’s 5,240. The total includes 3,189 undergraduates and 1,186 grad students, as well as 970 evening students in the School for Adult Learning. In a move to control growth, the University admitted fewer freshmen this year, but the overall numbers rose for a 10th straight year, thanks in part to higher retention rates among upperclassmen and growing interest in graduate programs.