Winter Commencement 2017

Location:  Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music

Date/Time:  Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET

Division I Assignments: 

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts

Division II Assignments:

  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Polytechnic Institute
  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

Purdue's traditional commencement exercises are designed to honor your significant academic achievements at the University and to demonstrate the pride Purdue feels in its graduates. No student is required to attend commencement, but it is hoped that all candidates for degrees will do so. If you choose to attend, it is expected that you will honor the spirit and dignity that are appropriate to this occasion. If you participate, it is imperative that you remain in alphabetical order within your degree group throughout the procession and ceremony so each participant may receive his or her personal recognition on stage.

Before Commencement Day:

  • Indicate commencement participation by November 27

Students must mark their intent to walk in the ceremony using the participation link on the Graduation Tab. Those who miss the deadline may contact the Office of the Registrar for information regarding participation in a future ceremony at

  • Order cap and gown by October 30 without $50 late fee

All candidates who participate in the commencement exercise must wear the appropriate attire. Appropriate caps, gowns, and hoods may be rented from local bookstores using the Herff-Jones Web site:

Delivery cannot be guaranteed for orders placed after November 3, 2017. Please note that the University does not consider purchased 'souvenir' or 'keepsake' gowns appropriate for commencement. Please refer to the Commencement Web site for academic attire details (including hood and tassel colors):

  • Order guest tickets by November 27

Each candidate may request a maximum of four (4) free guest tickets for the winter exercise. All guests must have a ticket to attend commencement. To order tickets, specify the number of tickets being requested on the myPurdue portal in the Graduation Tab when it becomes available on September 29. General seating tickets will be distributed electronically through Ticketmaster.

Once tickets are available, a notification will be sent to the candidates' Purdue e-mail address. This e-mail will be sent on or about December 11, and will include a link to print or forward the electronic general admission commencement tickets.

Electronic tickets are generated with a unique identifier that is traceable back to the student who requested them. Any attempt to sell or make mass copies of electronic tickets will be considered a misuse of Purdue University property. This may result in the violation being reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which may include disciplinary action.

Candidates who do not participate in commencement are not eligible to obtain guest tickets. Diplomas will be mailed to the graduate's diploma and/or permanent address approximately four to six weeks after commencement. To ensure the correct mailing address of their diploma, candidates should indicate their diploma address information on the Graduation Tab in myPurdue under Diploma Mailing Address.

  • Accessibility Needs

Candidates requiring accessibility assistance to participate in the commencement exercises should call (765) 494-6157 or 494-8219 or send an e-mail to  as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements.

Candidates with guests who require accessible seating also should call (765) 494-6157 or 494-8219 or send an e-mail to by December 11, 2017, to make appropriate arrangements. All guests requiring accessible seating must have a general admission ticket, supplied by the candidate, to enter the Elliott Hall of Music.

For hearing impaired, please call (765) 494-3933 to reserve a headset. Additional details may be found on the Commencement Web site.

Guests using wheelchairs/crutches, etc., who had proper seating arrangements made by their candidate, may be admitted to the auditorium through the lower level exit doors on the north and south sides of the Elliott Hall of Music beginning at 8 a.m. ET for the first ceremony and at 12:30 p.m. ET for the second ceremony. Additional details may be found on the Commencement Web site under Accessibility Needs.

Please note: Physically restricted guests arriving 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony should enter the Hovde Hall parking lot to access the north entrance of the Elliott Hall of Music. Using this route will help avoid delay in entering the ceremony due to the candidate procession.

On Commencement Day:

  • Arriving at the Armory

Arrive at the Armory wearing your cap and gown by 8 a.m. ET for the first ceremony and 12:30 p.m. ET for the second ceremony in order to assemble in your alphabetical place within your degree group and to receive final instructions. You must remain in alphabetical order in the procession to receive personal recognition on stage during the ceremony.

Undergraduate and Master's candidates will receive an orator card when they check in. Candidates are to bring this card with them when they process to the stage during the presentation of degrees. Without this card, the candidates' names will not be announced as they walk across the stage.

Undergraduate tassels should be worn on the right of the cap. Graduate tassels should be worn on the left.

  • Guest Seating

The Hall of Music will open for guest seating 90 minutes prior to each ceremony. Each guest (including those who have special seating arrangements and children who will occupy their own seats) will need a ticket to be allowed to enter.

Please note: Standard security measures will be in effect. Please continue to refer to the Commencement Web site for the most current information.

  • Late Candidate Arrivals

Candidates arriving after the procession has begun to leave the Armory must not join the moving procession. If the procession has already started, candidates should go to Aisle 5 in the Elliott Hall of Music, where an usher will seat them with the rest of the candidates from their school.

  • Photographs

A professional photographer will take a picture of each candidate as they receive his/her diploma. Candidates will receive a proof-copy of their photo at their home address unless they have made a request not to receive the proof. Candidates should use myPurdue to ensure their permanent address is correct. Candidates who do not want to receive a proof should submit their request in writing to Candidate Coordinator, Office of the Registrar, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040 or send an e-mail to For additional information about photography, please visit the Commencement Web site.

Additional information regarding commencement may be found on the Commencement Web site as noted below:

Accessibility Needs

Candidate Status

Commencement Attire

Commencement Day

Hood & Tassel

Letter of Invitation

Photos & DVDs

Seating & Parking


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