March 17, 2020

Purdue announces virtual commencement with future in-person option

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Purdue President Mitch Daniels today (March 17) informed Purdue students that the May commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually, rather than in the traditional ceremony in Elliott Hall of Music.

 “Purdue’s commencement ceremonies are known far and wide as among the best and most memorable anywhere,” Daniels wrote to candidates for May graduation. “We are deeply proud of Purdue students and there are few experiences that are as important to you — and to us — than celebrating your graduation together. We will provide an opportunity, if you so choose, for you to take part in a future traditional ceremony, and I promise you we are hard at work to create a special, memorable and fun virtual experience for you and your families as an option for this May.”

Purdue was scheduled to conduct six ceremonies from May 15 to May 17 in Elliott Hall of Music. Due to ongoing limitations on travel and large gatherings, those events will not occur as originally scheduled. More details about the planned virtual ceremony and opportunities to attend a future ceremony in person will be released to graduates in coming weeks. 

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