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Civic leader, philanthropist Michael Maurer to present IU's 2016 graduate commencement address

April 5, 2016


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Attorney, civic servant, philanthropist and Indiana University alumnus Michael S. "Mickey" Maurer will speak at IU's graduate commencement ceremony May 6.

Graduate commencement will begin at 3 p.m. inside John Mellencamp Pavilion, 1001 E. 17th St. Commencement is free and open to the public. Parking is free.

Maurer will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the ceremony.

"Mickey's legacy as a community leader and philanthropist serves as a sterling example to all of us, and we are extremely pleased to welcome him back to address our graduates," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie.

"Among the many beneficiaries of his success and generosity have been IU students and faculty," McRobbie added. "This includes his and his wife Janie's exceptional support of scholarships that are essential to IU's mission as a great public university to provide a quality education to all qualified students. Those who have heard Mickey speak are moved by his enthusiasm to act on behalf of others."

In 2008, in recognition of Maurer's longtime service and generosity to his alma mater, the IU School of Law-Bloomington was renamed the Indiana University Michael Maurer School of Law.

Maurer's career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, newspaper publishing, real estate and banking. An Indianapolis native, he attended the IU School of Law, where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Maurer is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana bars.

He serves as chairman of the board of IBJ Corp., which owns and publishes the Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record, and The Indiana Lawyer. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, the largest locally owned financial institution in Central Indiana.

In 2005, he was named president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., and in 2006 he was named Indiana secretary of commerce by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels. He hosted an Emmy Award-winning program on WXIN Fox 59, "Mickey's Corner," in which he interviewed Indiana luminaries.

Maurer enjoys leadership through active participation as a director of numerous business, civic, educational and philanthropic organizations. In 2001, he established "Mickey’s Camp," a charitable endeavor that has raised more than $2 million for Central Indiana charities.

He has served as president of the Jewish Community Relations Council and chairman of the board of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and the United Way of Central Indiana.

Maurer has authored five books: "Water Colors" (2003), "19 Stars of Indiana -- Exceptional Hoosier Women" (2009), "19 Stars of Indiana -- Exceptional Hoosier Men" (2010), "10 Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Never Learned in School" (2012) and "50 Crossword Puzzles with Playful Narrations" (2015). He is a published contributor to the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Additional commencement information

At the graduate commencement ceremony, doors will open at 1 p.m.; the procession of graduates will begin at 1:45 p.m.

There are no tickets and generally no reserved seats at commencement ceremonies. People with wheelchairs and those who need accessible seating should make reservations by contacting the Office of University Events at 812-855-3762 or emailing

For those with family and friends who are unable to attend, commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live via streaming video at The commencement ceremony will also be available for viewing later, along with videos of past commencement ceremonies archived on the site.

Complete information about commencement ceremonies on IU campuses is available on the Office of University Events website.