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Purdue to host winter commencement ceremonies in West Lafayette, Merrillville

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will award degrees at its West Lafayette campus on Dec. 20 and at its Calumet campus on Dec. 15.

Ceremonies for the West Lafayette campus are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. The Calumet campus ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind.

Purdue President France A. Córdova will address graduates during the West Lafayette ceremonies, while Chancellor Howard Cohen will do the honors at the Calumet ceremony.

There are 2,803 students who are candidates for degrees at the West Lafayette campus, including 1,901 undergraduates, 440 doctoral students, 458 master’s students, one education specialist and three professional degree-seekers. At the Calumet campus, an estimated 505 students are candidates for degrees, with 145 set to receive master’s degrees and 360 receiving bachelor’s degrees.

The morning ceremony at West Lafayette will be for students in the colleges of Agriculture, Education, Engineering and Liberal Arts. The afternoon event will be for students in the colleges of Consumer and Family Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences; Technology; and Science; and the schools of Management and Veterinary Medicine.

Robert B. Teall of Bristol, Ind., who will receive a bachelor’s degree from the College of Education, will provide the student response during the morning ceremony. Jessica A. Mensah of Indianapolis, who is to receive a bachelor’s degree from the School of Management, will give the student response at the afternoon ceremony.

At the West Lafayette ceremonies, two large video screens above the stage will show a close-up image of the graduates as they receive their diplomas. The event will be aired live on Comcast Channel 5 and Boiler TV. It also will be shown live via Webcast at mms:// Windows Media Player, which can be downloaded for free, is required for viewing the Webcast.

Commencement videos will be available at $30 per DVD. Order forms can be obtained at the Loeb Playhouse Box Office, online at or by calling 765-494-3933. Forms may be submitted both before and after the ceremony within two weeks of the event.

Tickets are required for admission. Doors will open 90 minutes before each ceremony.

Candidates requiring special assistance to participate in the West Lafayette commencement exercise should contact Christine DeHahn Pass, assistant registrar, at 765-494-6163,

For more information, call 765-494-6157 or e-mail

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