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November 26, 2012

Purdue to host winter commencement ceremonies

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will award degrees at its West Lafayette campus on Dec. 16 and at its Calumet campus on Dec. 18.

Ceremonies for the West Lafayette campus are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. The Calumet campus ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind.

Purdue's Acting President Timothy Sands will address graduates during the West Lafayette ceremonies, while Chancellor Thomas Keon will do the honors at the Calumet ceremony. U.S. Rep. Peter Viscolosky will be the guest speaker at Calumet.

There are 2,761 students who are candidates for degrees at the West Lafayette campus, including 1,860 undergraduates, 392 doctoral students, 502 master's students, 1 education specialist and 6 professional degree-seekers. At the Calumet campus, an estimated 769 students are candidates for degrees, with 191 set to receive master's degrees and 541 receiving bachelor's degrees.

The morning ceremony at West Lafayette will be for students in the colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Pharmacy, Science, Technology, and Veterinary Medicine and the School of Management. The afternoon event will be for students in the colleges of Agriculture, Education, Engineering and Liberal Arts.

At the West Lafayette campus, Laurel K. Donaldson of Geneseo, Ill., who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences, will provide the student response during the morning ceremony. Mitchell L. Osterday of New Paris, Ind., who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Education, will provide the student response during the afternoon ceremony.

Marisa Henderson, president of the Student Government Association, will give the student response at Purdue Calumet.

The West Lafayette ceremonies will feature two large video screens above the stage to show close-up images of the graduates as they receive their diplomas. The event will be aired live on Comcast Channel 5 and Boiler TV. It also will be shown live via Webcast at mms://video1.itap.purdue.edu/graduation

To watch online, viewers must have Windows Media Player, which can be downloaded for free at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-media-player

Commencement videos will be available for $30 per DVD. Order forms can be obtained at the Loeb Playhouse box office, online at http://www.purdue.edu/registrar/pdf/DVD_Form.pdf, or by calling 765-494-3933. Forms may be submitted both before and after the ceremony within two weeks of the event.

Tickets are required for admission. Doors will open 90 minutes before each ceremony. Candidates requiring special assistance to participate should contact Nicole Zimmerman, commencement coordinator, at 765-494-6157 or nzimmerm@purdue.edu

For more information, call 765-494-6157.

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Sources: Christine DeHahn Pass, assistant registrar, 765-494-6163, dehahn@purdue.edu

Anne Agosto-Severa, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services and registrar, Purdue University Calumet, 219-989-2977, severas@calumet.purdue.edu

Related website:
Purdue Registrar Commencement Page