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Indiana State University prepares for spring commencement

May 1, 2023


Indiana State University will graduate 1644 students at spring commencement on May 6 at the Hulman Center.

Of those degrees, 1181 are undergraduate, and 463 are graduate: 74 doctoral degrees, 29 educational specialist (EdS) degrees, 353 master's degrees and seven graduate certificates.  

The future alums are from 44 states and 12 countries: the US, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, Bangladesh, Ghana, China, Morocco, and Trinidad and Tobago.

On Saturday, doors to the Hulman Center will open at 8 a.m. The graduate commencement ceremony will be first from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. From noon until 1:15 p.m., undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, Scott College of Business, and Bayh College of Education will be celebrated. The last ceremony, from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., will be for graduates from the College of Health and Human Services and Bailey College of Engineering and Technology. 

All three ceremonies will be live-streamed for those who can't attend. More information is available on the commencement webpage. Tickets aren't required for the graduation ceremonies, and no guest limits or seating restrictions exist. 

Corey Christman and Xandria Futrell will be the undergraduate student speakers, and Rukiya Campbell will be the undergraduate alumni speaker.

Christman is graduating with a bachelor of science in nursing and a minor in Spanish. He is a President's Scholar, the president of the Student Nursing Association, and helped the club win ISU's 2022 Philanthropy Organization of the Year award, a member of the College of Health and Human Service's Dean's Board. He helped administer free COVID-19 vaccinations to Vigo County residents as a student.

At ISU, Futrell founded the Urban Arts Initiative, a student organization dedicated to creating a culture that changes communities through arts and service. She participated in Miss Indiana State University Scholarship Program and served as community engagement coordinator for the Sycamore Food Pantry. Futrell will graduate with a degree in social determinants of health.

A 2010 ISU alum, Campbell has over 25 years of experience in public relations and communications and expertise in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Campbell is the director of health communications for Alliant Health Solutions and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana State University Alumni Association. 

Crooks is the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute. She earned three degrees from Indiana State University: a bachelor's degree in business education in '89, a master's degree in human resource development in '04, and a doctoral degree in higher education leadership in '21. Crooks is involved with several organizations, including the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Board and the Wabash Valley Community Foundation Board.

Beyene is an experienced human resource professional with a decade of work experience that expands four continents. He enrolled in ISU's doctorate program in technology management. Even as an active student, he has continued his work in the industry as the Director of Talent Management for the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City.

Photo of the speakers