April 18, 2018

Purdue sets schedule for spring commencement ceremonies

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will hold six commencement ceremonies at the Elliott Hall of Music on its West Lafayette campus May 11-13.

The commencement schedule is as follows:

* Division I — Friday, May 11. 3 p.m. Graduate School (All schools and colleges).

* Division II — Friday, May 11. 7:20 p.m. Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the College of Science.

* Division III — Saturday, May 12. 9:30 a.m. The colleges of Liberal Arts, Education and Veterinary Medicine and the School of Management.

* Division IV — Saturday, May 12. 2 p.m. The College of Health and Human Sciences (includes Doctor of Audiology and Doctor of Nursing Practice) and the College of Pharmacy.

* Division V — Sunday, May 13. 9:30 a.m. The colleges of Agriculture and Engineering (Agricultural and Biological, Materials and Mechanical).

* Division VI — Sunday, May 13, 2 p.m. The College of Engineering (Aeronautical & Astronautical, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Construction, Electrical and Computer, Engineering Education, Environmental and Ecological, Industrial and Nuclear).

In order to accommodate the timing of available communication with the International Space Station as Purdue awards an honorary doctorate to Boilermaker astronaut Drew Feustel, the Friday night (Division II) Commencement ceremony will begin 10 minutes early at 7:20 p.m. Graduates must arrive at the Armory for check-in by 5:45. Graduates arriving after that time may not be able to participate in Commencement. The procession to Elliott Hall of Music will begin at 6:50. Ticketed guests must arrive at Elliott Hall of Music by 6:45 p.m. to ensure they are seated before the procession begins. The doors will open for ticketed guests at 5:50 p.m.
About 5,951 students are candidates for degrees, and approximately 4,427 undergraduates are participating in the commencement ceremonies. Also participating will be 992 graduate students and 224 students from the professional programs.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels will attend all ceremonies and each will feature a student responder.

Eric Klipsch of Evansville, Indiana, who is to receive a Bachelor of Science in chemistry degree in biochemistry from the College of Science, will be the student responder in the Friday (Division II) ceremony.

Catherine Gabrielle Gary, of Lafayette, Indiana, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the College of Liberal Arts, will be the student responder in the Saturday morning (Division III) ceremony.

Melinda Jane Anderson, of Brookston, Indiana, who will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy, will be the student responder in the Saturday afternoon (Division IV) event.

The Sunday morning (Division V) student responder is Alexandra Abney of Bargersville, Indiana, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in agribusiness and agricultural communication, from the College of Agriculture.

Abby E. Lemert of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who is to receive a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the College of Engineering, is the student responder for the Sunday afternoon (Division VI) ceremony. 

Tickets are required for admission to Elliott Hall. Doors open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony.

All students will have their name called and receive their actual diploma at the ceremony. Diplomas for all candidates who do not attend commencement will be mailed approximately six weeks after the May ceremonies.

The commencement exercises will be livestreamed at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/3d86e and the video will play once broadcasting starts.

Commencement videos will be available for $30 per DVD. Order forms can be obtained at the Loeb Playhouse box office, online at http://www.purdue.edu/commencement/documents/DVD_Form.pdf or by calling 765-494-3933. Forms must be submitted within two weeks of the event. 

State Street Redevelopment Project construction is in process. This work is closing portions of Stadium Avenue, McCormick Road, Airport Road and Williams Street and significantly affecting surrounding thoroughfares in West Lafayette. For construction and project information, visit www.statestreetwl.com.

Commencement ceremonies will also take place at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and the Purdue Northwest campuses.

IPFW will hold its commencement at 4:30 p.m. May 9 in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Ronald Elsenbaumer, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne chancellor; John Applegate, IU executive vice chancellor for university academic affairs; Jay Akridge, Purdue provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, and Caroline Foster, IPFW Alumni Association president will speak. Approximately 1,712 students are eligible for degrees or certificates. Jenna Rose Raspiller, undergraduate class representative, and Meghan R. Menchhofer, graduate class representative, will provide the student response.

Purdue Northwest will hold three commencement ceremonies at the Fitness and Recreation Center on the Hammond campus on May 4-5. Approximately 564 students will take part. Donald Babcock, director of economic development of the Northern Indiana Public Service Company, will speak at the 3 p.m. ceremony May 4, and Alexis Vazquez Dedelow, referee to the Lake Superior Court, juvenile division, will speak at the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. ceremonies on May 5. Anna Duley, vice president of PNW Student Government Association will be the student responder. 

A commencement ceremony will be held in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex H.D. Kesling Gymnasium on PNW’s Westville campus at 3 p.m. May 7. Approximately 249 students will take part. Babcock will speak. Duley will provide the student response.

Writer: Tim Doty, 765-496-2571, doty2@purdue.edu

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

Nicole Hahn, 260-760-7409, nicole.hahn@ipfw.edu

Noemi Elizalde, 291-989-2334, elizalde@pnw.edu

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