Commencement Day

* There will be no rehearsal.

Check-In Instructions for Saturday, May 15 Ceremony

As a candidate, you must arrive at the Lambert Fieldhouse wearing your cap and gown. The only bag permitted is the one that you will receive at check-in, please leave all other bags in your vehicle or at home. Arrival time is based on the schedule outlined below (Eastern Time).

Lambert Check-In Schedule

When you arrive at Lambert, you will receive a complimentary bag that includes your diploma cover, program, and a rain poncho (No Umbrellas in Stadium).  Check-in will take place at your college/school table by last your name.  If requirements are complete, you will receive your diploma at check-in. Before you leave, a professional portrait will be taken for those who arrive on time. If you arrive after your scheduled time, you may forfeit the opportunity to check in and you will need to return to Lambert directly following the ceremony.  When you leave Lambert, you will proceed to Lot A to line up with your college/school.

Candidate Check In

Procession Instructions

The processional will start at approximately 8:45 a.m. ET.  If you arrive after the processional has started, you will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. If you wish to participate in a future summer or winter ceremony, you may refer to Returnee Participation Information webpage.

Check-In Instructions for Sunday, May 16 Ceremony

As a candidate, you must arrive at the Armory wearing your cap and gown 90 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony. All ceremonies are on Eastern Time.

You will check in by college/school, then by last name. A professional portrait will be taken for those who arrive on time. If you arrive less than 90 minutes before your ceremony, you may forfeit the opportunity for a professional portrait.

Procession Instructions

If an emergency causes you to arrive after the start of the academic procession, DO NOT enter the procession line. Instead, report to the Elliott Hall of Music Lobby. If you arrive after the ceremony has started, you will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. If you wish to participate in a future summer or winter ceremony, you may refer to Returnee Participation Information webpage.

PROCESSION ROUTE

Commencement Route

RAIN ROUTE

Rain Route

Diplomas

In spring, candidates who indicated attendance through the Commencement task list and have been cleared by their college/school will receive their diploma at check-in for the Saturday, May 15 ceremony, and as they walk across the stage for the Sunday, May 16 ceremony. If you receive a certificate inscribed with Purdue University, your name, and the date of the degree conferral, this IS your diploma.

Diplomas will be mailed to the graduate's "Diploma" or "Permanent" address approximately six-to-eight weeks after the ceremony for the following candidates:

  • Spring candidates who did not indicate attendance
  • Summer or Winter Candidates

Please review your address in the Commencement task list under Diploma Mailing Address.  Once the Commencement task list has closed, you can still add a diploma address in myPurdue.  If you fail to provide a Diploma Mailing address by your commencement date, your diploma will be mailed to the permanent address on file.

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