2020 Event Canceled

We are sorry to announce that Grandparents University, scheduled for June 25–26, has been canceled.

Guided by Tippecanoe County public health and safety officials, Purdue University has canceled all public events scheduled through June 30, 2020, due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are disappointed we aren't able to share in the joy of the memories made during GPU; however, the health and safety of the Purdue community is our top priority.

Please contact Purdue Conferences at 765-496-6205 or conferences@purdue.edu with questions.

We appreciate your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you to GPU next year.


Grandparents University — June 24–25, 2021

Attendee Information

What you need to know before you arrive


Purdue University and the GPU team are committed to ensuring that all attendees are able to participate in GPU activities. If you need any assistance, please contact Pamela Stokes at pawstokes@purdue.edu or 765-494-9482.

Physical Activity

Walking is required to participate in various activities around campus.

Most classes are indoor except for those that are noted. These activity levels are based on the activity level for the majors and not Grandparent University experience.

  • Low: Majors will have mostly seated activities.
  • Medium: Some movement and walking which may include stairs. Long periods of standing may be required, outdoor activity is possible.
  • High: Significant movement and physical activity, including walking or hiking outdoors.

Every attempt will be made to honor accessibility requests made in advance.


Meals are included in GPU registration. Most meals will be in the dining court. Please indicate any dietary restrictions during the registration process.


  • continental breakfast
  • lunch
  • tailgate dinner


  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • open house refreshments

Family Members

Thursday morning extra circular activities, evening activities, and daytime GPU majors programming are for GPU registrants only. Family members may purchase tickets to eat lunch with GPU participants in the dining court on Friday afternoon before graduation. The cost is $13 per person, and $7 for children under the age of 10.


There are several construction projects in the area.

McCutcheon Parking Garage is the nearest parking garage to Third Street Suites and France Córdova Recreational Sports Center.

GPU participants may park in spaces designated as residence hall permit parking as indicated below.

Parking is not permitted at locations with the following signs:

  • Contractor Parking Only
  • Reserved Parking "S", Enforced 24 hours
  • Parking for Purchasers of “A Permits” / “A B Permits” Only — 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday


No illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages are allowed during the GPU program. Staff members reserve the right to evict participants who are under the influence or prohibit them from participating in the GPU.

What to Bring

  • Casual clothes, including a sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket for air-conditioned classrooms
  • Comfortable walking shoes to get from place to place
  • Rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, and any required attire for your major
  • Camera, notebook, and pen to record your experiences

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