May 2018 Newsletter

Dear Purdue Families,

As we approach the end of the spring semester and another academic year, I find it an appropriate moment to recognize what this time of year means for our students. Whether it’s the end of their first semester at Purdue or their last, tremendous opportunities around the world await Boilermakers this summer.

Roughly 7,000 will mark the beginning of the next chapter of life — whether it be the launch of their full-time careers, graduate school, a prestigious fellowship like the Fulbright, or something else — as they participate in our commencement ceremonies next week.

More than 1,600 will embark on a study abroad experience, with destinations from South America to South Korea. And we look forward to hosting a record number of students studying on campus this summer, along with the 7,800 incoming freshmen who will participate in the STAR and Boiler Gold Rush orientation programs in the coming months.  

Wherever this summer takes you, best wishes. We hope to see you on campus soon.

Boiler Up!

President Daniels Signature

Mitch Daniels

PS — I hope you saw our recent announcement of a seventh consecutive year of frozen tuition for students on our West Lafayette campus. As I said in 2013 when we first announced we'd hold tuition flat, we place a high priority on student affordability and try to accommodate our spending to students' budgets, not the other way around. Read more about this announcement and the progress we've made in reducing student debt below.

President Daniels' Employment Agreement Extended

The Purdue University Board of Trustees have approved an extension to President Mitch Daniels’ employment agreement, allowing the president to serve in the role until such time either party gives one year's notice. More.

Purdue announces 7th year of frozen tuition

On April 12, Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced that the university will hold tuition constant at 2012-13 levels for a seventh year in a row, extending the tuition freeze through the 2019-20 academic year. So far, the tuition freeze has saved students and their families an estimated $465 million. More.

Purdue Day of Giving hits $37.6 million, sets fourth straight record for 24-hour higher-ed campaign

Purdue University set the collegiate record for single-day fundraising on Wednesday (April 25), raising $37.6 million through Purdue Day of Giving and besting its own record-setting performance of $28.2 million in 2017. This year’s online event marked the fourth consecutive year that Purdue has raised the most dollars for higher education in a 24-hour timespan. More.

Family Weekend Announcement

The wait is almost over! Watch your inbox Friday for a special email announcment for the dates of 2018 Family Weekend!

Other News

Rookie wins 61st Annual Purdue Grand Prix

To win a race, one must finish the race. That was the story of the Purdue Grand Prix on Saturday (April 21). The No. 2 Motorsports Club at IUPUI No. 2 kart driven by rookie Jared Thomas took the win after keeping his nose clean all race. More.

Grandparents University invites alumni back to college

Purdue Conferences and the Purdue Alumni Association will host Purdue’s inaugural Grandparents University June 28-29.  

Grandparents University is a two-day program that allows grandparents or other adult relatives and children ages 7-14 to live the college life at Purdue. Participants will have the opportunity to attend classes in a major of their choice, eat meals and stay overnight in the residence halls and explore campus. More.

Purdue team wins 30th anniversary Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

How many steps does it take to pour a bowl of cereal?

Purdue Society of Professional Engineers took home first place at the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with a three-stage machine that demonstrated how to pour a bowl of cereal. See the video and press release here.

Horticulture Park reopens

A small celebration was held Wednesday (April 25) to celebrate the reopening of Horticulture Park, which was closed for a portion of 2016 and the majority of 2017 due to work associated with the State Street Redevelopment Project. More.

Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts

The Cornerstone Certificate is a 15-credit hour program that fosters the creative thinking that makes good business and industry leaders, and even more importantly, good citizens. It provides a road map for students to navigate their core requirements in a manner that complements their major area of study. These faculty-taught courses cultivate communication skills through great texts that inform and inspire students, develop their imaginative capacity, and help them see the world and learn to solve problems from a broad perspective. More.

Commencement News

Congratulations to your Boilermaker on their wonderful accomplishment! We are all excited to welcome you to campus for spring commencement ceremonies. If you have not already stumbled across the commencement website at, now is a great time to look over all the site has to offer, which includes seating suggestions as well as photos and video information.


An e-mail will be sent on May 7 to participating graduates that will include a link to print or forward electronic commencement tickets.  All tickets are general admission, guests without a ticket should report to the Box Office on the ground level of Elliott Hall of Music. Unused tickets will be handed out before the ceremony on a first come basis. Please keep in mind that anyone without a seat in Elliott Hall of Music will be welcome to watch the ceremony via a live broadcast in Fowler Hall located inside Stewart Center. Additional ticket information.

Suggested Driving Routes

State Street Redevelopment Project will continue to impact travel on and near campus in the coming months. Purdue University police are urging motorists to get an early start and follow route and parking suggestions for the May commencement ceremonies as road construction continues.

Directions to designated parking locations are available here.

Please use caution and utilize the maps at for travel information throughout the duration of the project. This helpful campus construction map shows current closures and restrictions on campus.


Parking will be available in the Grant Street, Northwestern Avenue, University Street, and Wood Street parking garages. Please avoid parking in 24-hour reserved places. Uniformed Purdue police will be on duty and will provide directions, as needed. The surface spaces around the Hall of Music will be reserved for handicapped parking. Shuttle services will be provided in those areas for guests if needed. Please let us know if you or your guests require accessibility assistance.

For a printable campus map highlighting the parking areas, see the following map: Campus Map (use down arrow on “map features” to select parking lots and garages).


For graduates, a professional photographer will photograph graduates in the Armory and will also take photographs of each graduate receiving his or her diploma cover. Lifetouch will send each graduate an e-mail link for viewing the photographs once they become available, however families can add their email so they also receive the proof. Information on this process can be found at- If parents want to be notified when their graduates photos are available for purchase they would select the appropriate ceremony, provide their student’s name and the email address they would like notification sent to.

Commencement Ceremony

While a “clear bag” policy is not in place, audience members who have no bag or bring their belongings in a clear bag similar to one used at athletic events will be able to enter Elliott Hall more quickly. Also permissible is one small clutch bag (no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) - approximately the size of a hand - with or without a handle or strap. For more information on the type of bag allowed, click here.

Department Receptions

A number of academic departments will host receptions for graduates. A list will be published with the week of May 7th at Questions about specifics of the receptions should be directed to the academic department.

Commencement Brunch

The Purdue Alumni Association and the Purdue Memorial Union invite you to join us in celebrating the 2018 Purdue May graduates with a memorable gourmet brunch. Celebrate this special occasion with the entire family at Purdue’s official commencement brunch on Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, in the Purdue Memorial Union. Registration for this event ends on Sunday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m. EDT Registration available here.


May 4, 2018 Family Weekend Announcement

May 5, Semester Ends

May 11-13, Spring Commencement

May 14- June 8, First 4-week Summer Session

May 14- June 23, First 6-week Summer Session

May 14- July 6, First 8-week Summer Session

June 11- July 6, Second 4-week Summer Session

June 11- August 3, Second 8-week Summer Session

June 25- August 3, Second 6-week Summer Session

July 9- August 3, Third 4-week Summer Session

August 4, Summer Commencement

See the full 2018-2019 academic calendar

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