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Purdue faculty making commencement boxes for students

Purdue faculty and volunteers are helping recognize students set to graduate this year despite commencement being canceled.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 6:14 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue faculty and volunteers are helping recognize students set to graduate this year despite commencement being canceled.

Graduation at Purdue is a momentous occasion for both students and faculty.

"Commencement is really unique and special. There is not a lot of big universities that have very personalized graduations anymore," said Graduation and Academic Records Manager Stephanie Bosgraaf.

With commencement canceled this year, faculty like Bosgraaf got creative. She said the gold and black decided to bring commencement to students' homes.

"We knew we had to do something for them, even though it couldn't be as great as our in person ceremony," said Bosgraaf.

Senior Assistant Registrar Chris Pass said graduation boxes are made for each student set to graduate in May.

"We're mailing out about anywhere from 1500 to 1800 a day, and we have 7500 total," said Pass.

Every box is unique. Graduates will receive a custom box with their name, tassel, and Purdue apparel.

Graduation and Academic Records Manager Barb Ladage said current events shouldn't take away from students being recognized for their achievements.

"Students have worked very hard for four years to obtain a degree from Purdue, which is not an easy feat. And it would not be fair to them to not be able to be recognized," said Ladage. "It's just very important to let these students know how much we care about them and are proud of them."

The boxes will continue to be make through Friday.

Ladage said students who graduate this May will be allowed to walk in a future August or December ceremony.

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