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May 2019 Newsletter

Dear parents and families,

This academic year marks Purdue’s 150th anniversary. All year long, we’ve been celebrating the Giant Leaps of Boilermakers past and present and, perhaps more importantly, looking forward to the ways that Boilermakers, including your student, will shape the future of our world.

I hope you have been able to join us in celebrating this tremendous milestone and that you’ll consider taking part in the many anniversary events we have planned over the next several months. In particular, watch for details on Homecoming, Family Weekend and our anniversary finale celebration this fall.

In February, we shared our intention to continue to hold tuition at 2012 levels through the 2020-21 academic year. This means the last time a tuition increase was announced at Purdue, today’s freshmen were in elementary school. We place a high priority on student affordability, and I recognize that even with the restraint we have practiced, a Purdue education is still an expensive proposition. It’s our job and our number one goal to ensure that your family’s investment is well worthwhile.

As another academic year comes to a close, I send my best wishes to you and your family for an enjoyable summer.

Boiler up!


Mitch Daniels


Featured Stories

Family Weekend Announcement

The wait is almost over! Watch your inbox the afternoon of Friday, May 3rd for a special email announcement for the dates of 2018 Family Weekend!

Fourth time is the charm for IUPUI senior at Purdue Grand Prix

Brenden Johnson, a senior from the Motosports Club at IUPUI, won the 62nd Purdue Grand Prix on Saturday, April 13th. More. Photo Galllery.

University Residences recognizes outstanding faculty, staff

University Residences has recognized outstanding faculty, staff and resident assistants involved in academic partnerships for their outstanding work during the 2018-19 school year.

Academic partnerships are a key component of University Residences’ work to extend learning beyond the classroom. Learning communities combine academic and residential components so students can live and study among peers pursuing the same academic interest. More than 70 learning communities serve as the educational home for more than 3,000 students. Learning community members are shown to outperform their peers by GPA. More.

Think Summer

There’s still time for your student to speed time to graduation and increase return on investment by registering for summer courses. The first module begins on May 13th so encourage your student to Think Summer.

CCO Spotlight

Is your student looking for an upcoming internship or currently searching for one within Indiana? As we head into finals week the Center for Career Opportunities would like to highlight an opportunity for students with financial need. EARN (Employment Aid Readiness Network) Indiana is the state’s work-study program that offers access to experiential and paid internships for those who file a FAFSA. The program focuses on finding a mutual match as the students are placed with qualified employers.

To learn more about EARN Indiana student program requirements please visit the link: Lastly, CCO would like to highlight their summer drop-in hours - their express drop-in appointments will occur Monday-Friday, 1:00pm-4:00pm during the summer months for students or alumni who are looking for assistance regarding resumes, cover letters, salary negotiation, interview advice etc. Visit the CCO website to learn more about what they have to offer:

Parents Fund Highlight

Thank you to all the parents and families who’ve given to the Parents Fund. Your gift supports, among other programs, Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities.

As college students, preparing for the real world means successfully booking interviews for internships and future job positions throughout ones college career.  But what happens when those students seeking to interview do not have sufficient financial means to purchase quality interview attire?  That is where Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities has stepped in as one of this year’s Big Give Winners.

Started in September 2014, Purdue’s CCO Career Closet has provided clothing to more than 1,600 students who are unable to afford professional business attire for an interview, career fair, or professional event.  It is a known fact that students often struggle with what to wear and more so when an interview for a job, internship, or co-op experience is involved.  It is even more of a burden when those students do not have the financial means to go shopping for a costly business suit and accompanying accessories.  Instead of being concerned about what to wear, or how to go about finding the money or resources to get it, they should be focusing on top notch preparation by participating in mock interview sessions and researching their perspective employers.  By providing items at no cost to students in need, the CCO Career Closet assists students with another step closer toward achieving their career goals.

“I learned from a friend in a late afternoon class that my number one company of interest was on campus. I had a chance to meet with them in just an hour. I rushed to the CCO and a gentleman gave me time to sort through the closet and try on clothes and shoes. I found a shirt, a sport coat and dress shoes that fit me and allowed me to make a more professional first impression. I landed an interview and am now confident of receiving an internship offer. Thanks CCO!” – Unnamed Purdue Student’s Experience

The Career Closet is maintained within the Center for Career Opportunities in Young Hall.  Students can access the closet during drop-in hours: 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.


For more information about the Purdue Parents Fund or to make a gift, visit Parents Fund or contact Jeni Hill, Director of Development for Student Life, at or by calling 765-496-1105. 

For more information on the resources available to students in times of crisis, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 765-494-1747 or

Tuition Insurance Available

Purdue University has proudly partnered with GradGuard™ to offer Tuition Insurance from Allianz Global Assistance. The Tuition Protection plan is like an extension of Purdue’s refund policy, by offering reimbursement for tuition, housing and other fees due to covered withdrawals. Learn more at Coverage must be purchased by the first day of classes and coverage extends through the end of the semester Tuition Insurance is purchased. Tuition insurance is completely optional. The agreement you enter into is with GradGuard, not with Purdue University. 

Grandparents University set for June 27-28

Purdue Conferences and the Purdue Alumni Association will host the second annual Grandparents University at Purdue on June 27-28. More.

Lectures and Guest Speakers

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Purdue Musical Organizations

Purdue Convocations

Purdue Athletics

Purdue Theatre

Ideas Festival

Purdue University Galleries

Commencement Corner

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 6 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.


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. 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 2019 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 11-12, in the Purdue Memorial Union in the East and West Faculty Lounges. Registration for this event ends on Sunday, May 5 at 11:59 p.m. EDT Registration available here.


May 4, Semester Ends

May 10- 12, Spring Commencement

May 13, Summer Modules Begin

Looking ahead? View the 2019-2020 academic calendar

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