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November 2021 Newsletter

COVID-19 Information from Purdue

Although we are continuing to keep families updates with information sent to the Purdue community, for the most up-to-date information and FAQ's please visit the Protect Purdue website, and the Purdue COVID-19 Dashboard. President Mitch Daniels provides guidelines for Boilermakers on keeping ourselves, others and Purdue safe in the coming year and encourages the Purdue community to stay vigilant even after being fully vaccinated. Students can also review the role of COVID-19 vaccine in fall 2021 operations.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shots available to Purdue community at campus clinic

Pfizer booster shots now available at campus clinic to eligible recipients of COVID-19 vaccines from other manufacturers at the West Lafayette campus vaccine clinic. Read more.

Face masks are now optional while actively exercising in Recreation & Wellness facilities

Effective Monday (Nov. 1), face masks will be optional for anyone while actively exercising in all Purdue University Recreation & Wellness facilities. Read more.

What Your Student Should Do If They Are Sick

All faculty, staff and students are expected to monitor for and report all symptoms of COVID-19 to the Protect Purdue Health Center. 


  • If your student is sick, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should stay home and do not attend work or class. If they are at work or in class when symptoms begin, they should go home immediately. 
  • Students should inform their instructor and/or supervisor of their absence and contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043. (A call tree option is available after hours.) Students will be connected with a registered nurse case manager, who will help determine the appropriate course of care, which could include self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test.


  • Students, faculty and staff are expected to follow the directions provided by the case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center, including any testing, contact tracing and quarantine or isolation instructions. 
  • Do not return to work or class until you receive clearance to do so from the Protect Purdue Health Center.
  • Information and resources for anyone in isolation or quarantine are available from the Protect Purdue Health Center.

Featured Stories    

2021 Family Weekend

Thank you to all who attended our 2021 Family Weekend. If you would like to provide any feedback around events for the weekend, please do so here. To see a photo gallery from the weekend, click here.

Flu shots available to Purdue community via designated locations, flu shot events

Employees and students on the West Lafayette campus have access to free flu vaccines again this year via designated locations and flu shot events. Regardless of location, individuals coming for a flu shot should bring their Purdue University ID (PUID) card or their Anthem medical plan ID card. Read more.

Purdue University - A Brand that Matters

Purdue University has been named one of Fast Company’s “Brands That Matter,” a list honoring companies and organizations that give people compelling reasons to care about them, offer inspiration for others to buy in, and authentically communicate their mission and ideals, according to Fast Company editors, who judged each brand on relevancy, cultural impact, ingenuity and business impact.

The only university named a Brand That Matters, Purdue joins 95 internationally recognized brands, including Nike, Zoom and Yeti, and other large multinational conglomerates, small-but-mighty companies and nonprofits. 

'Purdue Weeks of Welcome' photo gallery highlights activities 

Purdue celebrated the return to the residential campus experience this fall by highlighting the first six weeks of student events and programming. Called “Purdue Weeks of Welcome,” this effort included departments and areas from Student Life, Diversity and Inclusion, and Teaching and Learning as well as more than 1,000 student organizations.

Community invited to join ‘Host-A-Boiler’ during Thanksgiving and winter breaks

Purdue is home to more than 10,000 international students and scholars from around the world. During the holiday season, many of these students remain in Greater Lafayette and choose to join Purdue’s Host-A-Boiler program, coordinated by the Office of International Students and Scholars at Purdue.   

The Host-A-Boiler program pairs host families with students to offer a family-oriented experience during the holidays. The volunteer hosts are Purdue faculty, staff, domestic students with families and others living in the area. Participants in the Host-A-Boiler Program can sign up for a one-time get-together during either Thanksgiving or winter break. Thanksgiving break hosting dates are Nov. 25-27, and winter break hosting dates are Dec. 18-31. Those interested should contact Beth Tucker at

To learn more and register for the program, visit the Host-A-Boiler program website. Sign up to participate in a Thanksgiving get-together by Nov. 16 or for winter break by Dec. 13.

Campus celebrates LGBTQ Center’s 10 years at Purdue

Heading into its 10th year, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center at Purdue is celebrating with a year of activities and pride.

Rankings explain part of that pride. On the Campus Pride IndexPurdue earns 5 out of 5 stars for being LGBTQ-friendly. BestColleges and Campus Pride, which survey 395 colleges, this year ranked Purdue #1 in Indiana and 16th among the nation’s top colleges for LGBTQ+ students. Read more.

Seeds plated by civil rights trailblazers Winifred and Frieda Parker still growing today, tomorrow

During the early stages of the American civil rights movement and well before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, sisters Winifred and Frieda Parker were leading the effort to integrate student housing on Purdue’s campus and across Indiana. On Oct. 3, the Parker sisters were honored for their courageous leadership with the dedication of two residence halls in their names on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. More.

Three professors to receive Purdue’s most prestigious research awards

Three Purdue professors advancing quantum science and work-life and work-life family research policy – Ellen Ernst Kossek, Michael J. Manfra and Yong Chen – have been chosen to receive the University's most prestigious research and scholarship awards.

CAPS Seeks to Promote Community of Care

As the need for mental health services continues to grow on college campuses, Purdue Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is working to engage the community and provide access to mental health services for Boilermakers.

A study conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI) estimates that one in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosed mental health illness and more than 25 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition. Almost 73 percent of students living with a mental health condition experienced a mental health crisis on campus.

Chris Hanes, the new senior director of CAPS, is working to engage campus and community partners to create what he calls a “community of care” that can support Purdue students. Part of that work involves connecting with faculty and staff, cultural centers and other student groups to take advantage of campus and community resources that support students and can promote an open dialogue about their mental health. Read more.

Office of the Dean of Students available to assist students in need of support

As the semester continues, the Office of the Dean of Students wants to remind the campus community that ODOS remains available to assist in providing support for students. ODOS can help students navigate challenges they are experiencing both personally and academically. Faculty and staff who recognize a student who may be in need of support or additional care are encouraged to share their concern with ODOS. A list of common reported concerns is available online.

Here are some examples of concerns in a remote learning environment:

  • Concerning comments in electronic communication or social media.
  • Change in behavior (lack of engagement in coursework; marked drop in performance).
  • Stopped communication (no longer responding to academic outreach). 

Additionally, students affected by COVID-19 (self or family diagnoses, financial insecurity, etc.) also can be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for support.

Student of Concern Reports prompt individualized outreach to students by members of the Office of the Dean of Students and can be submitted online.

Parent & Family Virtual Events Continue

With the feedback received from families on the 2020-2021 Virtual Events, we are happy to continue the events into the fall 2021 semester. Watch your inbox for an invitation for our next event. If you missed any of the previous virtual events, you can find the links to the recordings on our website.

Purdue police using K-9s, bicycles to enhance safety services

Working with animals has always been a passion for Purdue University K-9 Officer Gabe Argerbright. When the opportunity to become a K-9 handler in the Purdue University Police Department (PUPD) arose, he knew it was something he wanted to do. More.

Purdue Grounds department receives national recognition for campus landscapes

The Purdue University Grounds Department has earned its second Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) as part of the 2021 PGMS Green Star Awards. The department was recognized for designing and maintaining three landscapes on the West Lafayette campus. More.

Commencement Corner

As a reminder, there is a dedicated website for Purdue Commencement providing Key Dates, Ticketing Information, Parking Information and many other helpful tips as your student prepares for Commencement

Winter Commencement Dates

Division I -- Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts

Division II -- Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET

  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Polytechnic Institute
  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

Division III -- Sunday, December 19, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Doctor of Philosophy (All Schools/Colleges)

Spring Commencement Dates

Division I -- Friday, May 13, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering (Schools of ABE, ME, MSE)

Division II -- Friday, May 13, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET

  • Engineering (Schools of AAE, BME, CE, CHE, CNE, ECE, EV, IE, IDE, NE)

Division III -- Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine (Undergraduate and Professional)

Division IV -- Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Liberal Arts
  • Management

Division V -- Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Health and Human Sciences (Undergraduate and Professional)

Division VI -- Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Education
  • Pharmacy (Undergraduate and Professional)
  • Polytechnic Institute (Undergraduate and Professional)

Division VII -- Monday, May 16, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Graduate School (Masters and Doctor of Philosophy-All Schools and Colleges)

Summer Commencement Dates

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9:30 a.m. ET

  • All Schools and Colleges

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 1:30 p.m. ET

  • Doctor of Philosophy (All Schools and Colleges)


November 24-27, Thanksgiving Vacation (No Classes)

December 11, Classes End

December 13, Schedule of Classes published for Summer 2022 Term

December 13-18, Final Exams

December 18, Semester Ends

December 18, Commencement 

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

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