With the end of the academic year nearing, IUP is hosting plenty of events to keep students entertained before finals week.

Starting off the events is IUP’s Ninth Annual Lavender Graduation ceremony Friday, April 26. The ceremony recognizes students who are members of the LGBT community and their accomplishments.

This year’s ceremony will be held in Elkin Hall’s Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement (MCSLE) Great Room at 3:30 p.m. Students can have a graduation cord in the shade of lavender for their graduation ceremonies.

Students can request the lavender cord by emailing

tcogar@iup.edu or by filling out a request form through Crimson Connect.

Friday night, IUP’s Theater-by-the-Grove will be presenting the hit Broadway musical, “Pippin,” about a young prince trying to find adventure who forms an unlikely alliance with a group of travelers. The musical follows the misfit group as Pippin goes on a magical journey to be extraordinary. The journey seems a bit too dream-like, and Pippin questions what is real and what is imaginary. 

The performance is Friday, April 26, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Waller Hall Mainstage in the IUP Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for “Pippin” are available at the Lively Arts Ticket Office in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center or by calling the office at 724-357-1313. Ticket prices are $12 for students who show their I-Cards, military personnel and children 18 and under. Seniors (60+) pay $15, and regular attendees pay $18.

“Pippin” will also be showing Saturday and Sunday at the same time and location as Friday.

STATIC (The Student Activity Committee) is hosting a cookout Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. on the Hadley Union Building (HUB) front patio.

This is the 32nd Annual End-of-the-Year cookout that STATIC hosts for all members of the IUP campus community. 

The event is completely free and will have food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and funnel cake and games like cornhole, baseball, basketball, Double Dutch and STATIC pong. Activities like tie-dyeing T-shirts, Henna art and caricatures along with rides like an obstacle course and a mechanical bull will be offered.

Music and more will also be in abundance the entire time. For more information, students can visit the IUP STATIC website or Twitter page.

On Sunday, the Lively Arts will be hosting “IUP Bands and U,” the final concert of the season. The Symphony Band, under the direction of Jason Worzbyt, and the Wind Ensemble, directed by Timothy A. Paul, will be performing works by Stamp, Yurko and Holmquist.

Guest conductor Ray Cramer, emeritus professor from Indiana University, will also be presenting chamber and full-band works with the bands.

The event is in Fisher Auditorium from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for students with an I-Card, military and 18 and under. Seniors (60+) are $8, and regular attendees are $10.

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