Purdue holds commencement ceremonies

May 15, 2015  

LaQuan Lunford

LaQuan Lunford, recipient of the 2015 Black Cultural Center Nettie L. Hubbard award for outstanding service, takes part in commencement activities. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University on Friday (May 15) held the first of its five commencement ceremonies at its West Lafayette over the weekend.

Each of the ceremonies were set for the Elliott Hall of Music. About 6,700 students were candidates for degrees, and 4,285 undergraduates were to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Also participating were to be nearly 920 graduate students and about 240 students from the professional programs.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels was the keynote speaker at each of the five ceremonies, and each ceremony had a student responder.

Jordan A. Waldron of Jasper, Indiana, who received a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Management, was the student responder in the Friday (Division 1) ceremony.

Mitch Daniels

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels addresses graduates on Saturday (May 16) during a commencement ceremony on the West Lafayette campus. (Purdue University photo /Mark Simons)
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Daniel. R. Rodriguez of Lafayette, Indiana, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Education, was the student responder in the Saturday morning (Division II) ceremony.

Evan "EJ" Williams of Zionsville, Indiana, who received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering, was the Saturday afternoon (Division III) student responder in the Saturday afternoon event.

The Sunday morning (Division IV) student responder was Jessica N. Smith of Hickory Falls, Illinois, who received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy.

Rachel Ena Borsa of Erie, Pennsylvania, who received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Technology, was the student responder for the Sunday afternoon (Division V) ceremony.

Candidates for undergraduate degrees participating in the commencement ceremonies received diplomas and heard their names announced as they walked across the stage.

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

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

Related information: Daniels to graduates: Use your knowledge, skills to lift those around you
Photo gallery: Spring 2015 commencement gallery

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