WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University announced Monday that it will hold its 2021 spring commencement in-person at Ross-Ade Stadium. According to a press release, the event for undergraduate and professional candidates will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15.
“We have all been disappointed that in-person commencements were impossible in 2020,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “We created the best virtual commencement ceremonies among our peers, but it isn’t the same as celebrating this important milestone in person. I know our team is hard at work to make a Ross-Ade ceremony memorable for everyone involved. When it is safe to get back to Elliott Hall, we will.”
Purdue held its May, August and December commencement ceremonies virtually due to the coronavirus. Purdue said the move to the university’s football stadium allows for a safe in-person experience that will follow any and all public health and Purdue safety protocols.
- Graduates will receive their diploma and cover in person as they check-in for the ceremony.
- Names will be shown on the vast new stadium video boards before the ceremony and during the procession.
- The ceremony is for undergraduate and professional candidates only.
- The Graduate School will host master’s and doctoral degree commencement programming with details to be announced.
“We want everyone to have this chance to safely celebrate and commemorate their time on campus and are working on making this as memorable as possible,” said Chris Pass, senior assistant registrar.
The event will be held in accordance with Protect Purdue guidelines. Graduates will receive a to-be-determined number of tickets to distribute and the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office will assist with seating.