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UIndy Graduation 2016

Nearly 1,400 University of Indianapolis students are completing their degrees between December 2015 and August 2016 at the home campus, and 79 more are graduating from UIndy’s partner sites in China and Central America. This year’s graduates hail from 30 states and 29 nations.

University of Indianapolis Commencement

Undergraduate, master's and doctoral students
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11 a.m.
Key Stadium, Hanna and State Avenues

*Rain location: Southport High School Fieldhouse, 971 E. Banta Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46227

Travel and traffic tips

Construction zones in Indianapolis and traffic on campus will lead to increased congestion on the day of commencement. Please read our travel and traffic tips to maximize your safety and ease your travel experience.

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Guest Speaker - Steve Inskeep

A native Hoosier and graduate of Carmel High School, Inskeep is the award-winning host of NPR’s Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the nation. Known for his ambitious field reporting from the Mexican border to the Middle East, he is the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, a look at one of the world’s great megacities, and Jacksonland, a history of President Andrew Jackson’s long-running conflict with Cherokee chief John Ross in the 1830s. Inskeep also will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Steve Inskeep, host of NPR Morning Edition

Honorary degree recipients

Jearlyn Steele
Also an Indiana native, Steele is an internationally known recording artist, broadcast personality and stage and screen actress. She has been a frequent guest on American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion and appeared in the Robert Altman film of the same title. She can be heard on recordings by such artists as Prince, Mavis Staples and George Clinton, and she hosts the radio talk show Steele Talkin’, heard every Sunday night in 30 states and Canada. She is active on issues affecting women and children. Steele will perform a song during the ceremony.

Jearlyn Steele, honorary degree recipient

Gene Zink
Zink was a co-founder of Duke Realty Corp. before forming Strategic Capital Partners, a privately held real estate, operating, development and investment management firm whose projects include the redevelopment of Indianapolis’ Avondale Meadows neighborhood as well as UIndy’s new Health Pavilion and Greyhound Village apartments. Last year, he and his wife provided a major gift to support UIndy in launching the Gene and Mary Ann Zink Poverty Institute, which will address pressing social issues surrounding poverty while creating formative experiential learning opportunities for students.

Gene Zink, honorary degree recipient

Graduate student speaker
Maria Eller, Doctor of Physical Therapy

A self-described “military kid” who graduated from high school in Alabama, Eller is the daughter of Dean and Melanie Eller of Lowell, Ind. While a UIndy student, she undertook clinical experiences in Indianapolis, Greenfield, Urbana, Ill., and Palmer, Alaska. She also taught communication courses as an adjunct faculty member, taught Sunday school at University Heights Methodist Church and served as class representative for her peers in the DPT program.
Maria Eller

Undergraduate student speaker
Zak Mitiche, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Philosophy

Born in Algeria to physicians Farid and Fouzia Mitiche, Ahmed Zakarya Mitiche grew up on Indianapolis’ west side and graduated from Pike High School. As a Greyhound, he was a standout on the soccer team and active in student organizations. Perhaps most notably, he is the first UIndy student to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship, which will send him to Morocco for the coming year to interview young residents and explore why the “Arab Spring” demonstrations there in 2011 and 2012 led to continuing democratic reforms without sparking the kind of violence and political instability seen elsewhere in northern Africa and the Middle East.
Zak Mitiche


Class of 2016 stats

  • 907 undergraduates
  • 471 master's and doctoral candidates
  • 30 states and 29 nations represented
  • 1,378 graduates from home campus
  • 79 additional graduates at UIndy's international partner sites
  • Total: 1,457 graduates

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