Freshman Induction

Welcome, Class of 2023

We are delighted you are joining Indiana University’s vibrant community of scholars.

Freshman Induction is a key component of the first day of Welcome Week. Along with two other important events during your years at IU—the annual IU Bloomington Honors Convocation and Commencement—it is a celebration of your academic aspirations and success.

Like all great universities, IU conducts ceremonies such as this with fanfare and pageantry. There is music as well as brief remarks by Provost Robel and the student body president. Freshmen are invited to repeat the Indiana Promise, and they receive a keepsake IU pin. After the ceremony, there is a traditional picnic.

The 2019–20 Freshman Induction will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The time will be 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the location will be Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, 1001 E. 17th Street, on the IU Bloomington campus.

Details for the big day

What: Annual Freshman Induction Ceremony

Where: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

When:  The 2019-20 Freshman Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors open: An hour before the ceremony.

Tickets and seating: There are no tickets and no reserved seats.

Reservations are required: Freshmen and their families will be asked to RSVP in the summer of 2019.

What to wear: Come as you are! Induction is held at the end of Move-In Day, and casual attire is just fine.

Why attend? In the words of a former freshman: “The Induction ceremony made me feel like I was finally officially starting at IU. Meeting the faculty and university administration was impressive.”

The Indiana Promise

I promise that:

  • I will be ethical in my academic work.
  • I will take personal responsibility for what I say and what I do.
  • I will respect the dignity of others, treating them with civility and understanding.

Contact Us

Office of University Events

1000 E. 17th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
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  • Phone: 812-855-3762

Office of First Year Experience Programs

326 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
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  • Phone: 812-855-4357