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Purdue graduates to take part in commencement ceremonies May 9-11

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will award degrees at five campuses and seven College of Technology locations throughout Indiana during commencement ceremonies in May.

Commencement at the West Lafayette campus is scheduled for May 9-11 at Elliott Hall of Music. An estimated 5,947 degrees will be presented in four ceremonies that weekend, including 4,560 undergraduate degrees, 229 professional degrees, 773 master’s degrees and 385 doctoral degrees.

Purdue President France A. Córdova will address graduates at each ceremony. The ceremonies will feature two large video screens above the Elliott Hall stage. The screens will display a close-up image of each graduate receiving his or her diploma.

A live feed of the ceremonies also will be available online at mms://

This link will not become active until 48 hours before the first ceremony.

Each graduation candidate is guaranteed four tickets to the commencement. Candidates can request up to two additional tickets, however, extra tickets are not guaranteed. Doors open to guests 90 minutes prior to the ceremony.

The ceremonies for the West Lafayette campus are:

  • May 9. 8 p.m. Colleges of Education and Engineering. Rebecca Lynn Hurst of Troy, Ohio, who will receive a bachelor’s degree from the College of Education, will provide the class response.
  • May 10. 9:30 a.m. College of Consumer and Family Sciences, School of Management and College of Science. Elizabeth Anne Proctor of Libertyville, Ill., who will receive bachelor’s degrees from the colleges of Science and Liberal Arts, will provide the class response.
  • May 10. 2:30 p.m. Colleges of Agriculture and Liberal Arts. Cody Elyse Cheetham of Zionsville, Ind., who will receive a bachelor’s degree from the College of Liberal Arts, will provide the class response.
  • May 11. 9:30 a.m. College of Technology and schools of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences. Akshay Thomas of Chennai, India, who will receive a bachelor’s degree from the School of Health Sciences, will provide the class response.

Commencement videos for each school will be available. A DVD costs $30, and order forms are available at Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse box office or by calling (765) 494-3933. Order forms can be submitted both before and after each commencement ceremony.

Commencement times and locations at other Purdue campuses are:

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. May 14 at the Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Center, where 420 Purdue degrees will be conferred.
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where 963 Purdue degrees will be awarded on May 11 in two ceremonies in Halls A-B-C of the Indiana Convention Center. The first ceremony, at 10 a.m., will include the schools of Dentistry, Education, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Informatics, Law-Indianapolis, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Education, Tourism Management, Public and Environmental Affairs, Social Work and the University Graduate Schools. The second ceremony, at 3 p.m., will include the Kelley School of Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering and Technology, Herron School of Art and Design, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Library and Information Science, Jacobs School of Music, and Science.
  • Purdue Calumet. 1:30 p.m. May 18 at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, where 687 Purdue degrees will be conferred.
  • Purdue North Central. 7 p.m. May 19 in the Athletics-Recreation Center at Valparaiso University, where 285 degrees will be conferred.

College of Technology commencements at locations around the state are:

  • Anderson/Muncie. 2 p.m. May 10 at the Anderson University Flagship Center, where 17 degrees will be conferred.
  • Columbus/Southeast Indiana. 6 p.m. May 6 at Columbus Learning Center auditorium, Room LC1000, where 39 degrees will be conferred.
  • Kokomo. 6 p.m. May 7 at Havens Auditorium, Indiana University at Kokomo, where 42 degrees will be conferred.
  • Indianapolis. 9:30 a.m. May 11. Elliott Hall of Music, where 13 degrees will be conferred with a West Lafayette campus ceremony.
  • Lafayette. 2 p.m. May 3 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall, where 31 degrees will be conferred.
  • New Albany. 6 p.m. May 10 at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center Auditorium, Indiana University Southeast, where 33 degrees will be conferred.
  • Richmond. 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Vivian Auditorium in Whitewater Hall at Indiana University East, where 24 degrees will be conferred.
  • South Bend/Elkhart. 6:30 p.m. May 5 at Riverside Terrace, 426 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, where 29 degrees will be conferred.
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