Summer Commencement 2018

Location:  Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music

Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. ET 

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 July 23

Students must mark their intent to walk in the ceremony using the myPurdue "Commencement" link found at the top of the navigation bar. 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 June 21 without $75 late fee

All candidates who participate in the commencement exercise must wear the appropriate attire. Appropriate caps, gowns, and hoods may be rented through the Commencement link or from the University Bookstore.  Orders placed after June 21 will be charged a $75.00 late fee. Delivery cannot be guaranteed for orders placed after June 21. 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 July 23

All guests must have a ticket to attend commencement. These are provided at no cost. All tickets are general admission seating and will be distributed electronically through Ticketmaster. You are guaranteed a maximum of eight (8) guest tickets if you participate in the exercise.

To order, select the number of tickets being requested on the myPurdue portal in the "Commencement" link that becomes available on June 13, 2018. 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 August 1, and will include a link to print or forward the commencement tickets.

Electronic guest tickets have a system-generated row and seat number; however, these are not your guests' assigned seats. Tickets also  have 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 six weeks after commencement. To ensure the correct mailing address of their diploma, candidates should indicate their diploma address information on the Commencement tab in myPurdue under Diploma Mailing Address. After July 23, permanent and diploma address information will need to be updated using the myPurdue Student Info block, under Addresses and Phone Numbers.

Please keep in mind that anyone without a seat in the Elliott Hall of Music will be welcome to watch the ceremony via a live broadcast in Fowler Hall, located inside Stewart Center.

  • 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 July 27, 2018, 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.

Please note: 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. Additional details may be found on the Commencement Web site under Accessibility Needs.

Guests using handicapped parking should enter the Hovde Hall parking lot from the Third/University Street entrance.

Accessible parking will be available in the University Street gravel lot. A golf cart shuttle service will be available to take guests from the gravel lot to the Hall of Music before the ceremony and from the Hall of Music to the gravel lot after the ceremony.

On Commencement Day:

  • Arriving at the Armory

There will be no rehearsal. Please arrive at the Armory wearing your cap and gown by 8 a.m. ET!

As a candidate, you must arrive at the Armory wearing your cap and gown by 8 a.m. ET in order to assemble in your alphabetical place within your degree group and to receive final instructions. 

Undergraduate and Master's candidates will receive an orator card when they check in. Without this card, the candidates' names will not be announced as they walk across the stage. Candidates MUST be in alphabetical ordeer within their degree group, and remain in this order.

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

Candidates must remain in alphabetical order in the procession to receive personal recognition on stage during the ceremony.

  • Guest Seating

The Hall of Music will open to your guests at 8 a.m. ET. Once the academic procession begins entering the auditorium, at 9:05 a.m. ET, no guests will be seated until the procession is concluded, so urge your family and friends to be in their seats early. As a courtesy to others in attendance, please ask that your guests remain in their seats until the conclusion of the exercise.

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 the Elliott Hall of Music lobby, 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. Lifetouch will e-mail a link for viewing the photographs once they are available.

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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