USI To Celebrate Over 1,500 Graduates, Honorees At 2024 Spring Commencement Ceremonies


The University of Southern Indiana will hold five Commencement Ceremonies over two days, Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, in the Screaming Eagles Arena to recognize students from the Class of 2024 and six honorary degree recipients.  

One thousand five hundred and seventy-nine students are eligible to participate in 2024 Spring Commencement Ceremonies. Members of the Class of 2024 will join more than 52,000 current USI alumni across Indiana, the United States and the world.   

Honorary degree recipients will be recognized for their exceptional service to USI and beyond and include Dr. Mohammed KhayumDr. M. Edward Jones and Cindy S. BrinkerNeal FranklinBridget Muldoon McDaniel; and Dr. James D. Anderson

Shelby Clark, USI Class of 2024 President’s Medalist, will also be recognized during the Romain College of Business Commencement Ceremony. 

Speakers at each Commencement Ceremony will be USI alumni who have excelled in their professional lives. A full schedule of speakers is below:   

Friday, May 3  

School of Graduate Studies – 5 p.m.  

Dr. Kimberly McElroy-Jones, a 2013 Master of Health Administration graduate, will deliver the Commencement address at the School of Graduate Studies Ceremony. She is Director of Community Partnerships for Community Health at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Saturday, May 4  

Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education – 9 a.m.   

Dr. Robin Verble, a 2006 Bachelor of Science in Biophysics graduate, is the speaker for the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education Ceremony. She serves as Director for the Ozark Research Field Station and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. 

College of Liberal Arts – Noon 

Shane Dearing, 2007 Bachelor of Science in Political Science graduate, will deliver the Commencement address at the College of Liberal Arts Ceremony. Currently, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of SAIVA AI based in Palo Alto, California.  

Romain College of Business – 3 p.m.  

Shan Sherwan Hussein, a 2014 Bachelor of Science in Economics and 2015 Master of Business Administration graduate, will speak at the Romain College of Business Ceremony. Presently, she serves as the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Coordinator–Emergency Roster for the International Rescue Committee.  

College of Nursing and Health Professions – 6 p.m.   

Dr. Sandra Hall, a 2005 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate, will deliver the Commencement address at the College of Nursing and Health Professions Ceremony. She currently serves as Director of Clinical Excellence at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  

All Ceremonies will be held in-person. Tickets will not be required for guests. A livestream of each ceremony will be available at   

Those planning to attend in person are strongly advised to review the Screaming Eagles Arena Prohibited Items and Security Policy at    

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