Purdue campuses to host spring commencement ceremonies

April 16, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will award degrees during spring commencement ceremonies at its campuses from May 10-19.

In West Lafayette, commencement ceremonies will take place on May 16, 17 and 18 at the Elliott Hall of Music.

The colleges of Education and Liberal Arts will have their ceremony at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16. The colleges of Health and Human Sciences and Veterinary Medicine will have their ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17. Commencement for the colleges of Agriculture and Pharmacy and School of Management will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17.  The colleges of Science and Technology will have commencement at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18. The ceremony for graduate students in the College of Engineering will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18, with the ceremony for undergraduate engineering students at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

About 6,377 students are candidates for degrees at the West Lafayette campus, and 4,063 undergraduates are participating in the commencement ceremonies. Also participating will be 861 graduate students and 219 students from the professional programs. A posthumous Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering will be awarded to Andrew F. Boldt, a former student in the College of Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts will be awarded to Hannah M. Densel, a former student in the College of Liberal Arts.

President Mitch Daniels will speak at each ceremony.

Ciara Carter of Highland, Ind., who will receive a bachelor's degree from the College of Education, will provide the student response in the Division I ceremony on May 16. Christina Burke of Naperville, Ill., who is to receive a bachelor's degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences, will provide the student response in the Division II ceremony on May 17. Providing the student response for the Division III ceremony on May 17 will be Kelli Fultz of Indianapolis, who will receive a bachelor's degree from the School of Management. Melanie Bumbalough of Granger, Ind., who is to receive her bachelor's degree from the College of Science, will provide the student response in the Division IV ceremony on May 18. Olivia Fahnestock of Columbia, Ill., who is to receive a bachelor's degree from the College of Engineering, will provide the student response for the Division V ceremony on May 18.

Tickets are required for admission.

Candidates for undergraduate degrees participating in the May commencement ceremonies will receive diplomas and hear their names announced as they walk across the stage.

Diplomas for all candidates who do not attend commencement will be mailed within four to six weeks after the May ceremonies.

Commencement ceremonies also will occur at Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, as well as at Purdue's Calumet and North Central campuses.

* Purdue Calumet will have two ceremonies – at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – May 10 at the Hammond Civic Center. Graduates in the colleges of Business, Nursing and Technology will participate in the morning ceremony, and those in the colleges of Education; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Liberal Arts will take part in the afternoon event. About 1,047 students are candidates for degrees. David Roberts, chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Companies Inc., will speak at the 11 a.m. ceremony and Craig Pratt, senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank, at the 3 p.m. ceremony. Adam Cooper will be the student responder.

* IPFW's commencement is 4 p.m. May 14 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Some 1,926 students are candidates for degrees. IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein will speak. Daniels, along with Indiana University's Michael McRobbie, will provide brief remarks. Timothy D Saltys is the student responder.

* At Purdue North Central, commencement is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 19 in the Athletics-Recreation Center at Valparaiso University. Nate Cobbs, PNC Alumni Association board member, will be the alumni speaker. There are about 598 degree candidates. Lindsey L. Sample will be the student responder. 

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

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

Marianne Messmann, coordinator of academic ceremonies, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 260-481-6460, messmann@ipfw.edu

Carol Connelly, director of media and communication services, Purdue University North Central, 219-785-5267, cconnelly@pnc.edu

 Anne Agosto-Severa, registrar, Purdue University Calumet, 219-989-2977, severas@purduecal.edu 

Related websites:

Purdue University Registrar commencement page

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne commencement page

Purdue North Central commencement page

Purdue University Calumet commencement page

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