Purdue to release on-demand commencement, celebrate graduates amid global pandemic

Purdue University’s newest graduates will hear their names called, watch President Mitch Daniels deliver words of encouragement in his annual commencement address, and even listen to gleeful music.

Posted: May 11, 2020 11:19 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s newest graduates will hear their names called, watch President Mitch Daniels deliver words of encouragement in his annual commencement address, and even listen to gleeful music.

According to a press release, Purdue’s 7,500-plus spring 2020 graduates will be able to watch an on-demand event starting later this week. Creating a memorable experience during this difficult time has been the goal of Purdue officials ever since announcing in March that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person ceremonies would not take place.

May 2020 graduates have received a special “commencement in a box” that includes a diploma cover, the commencement program, and any earned honors cords and medals. The box also includes information on how to download their own ceremony, which they can watch with their families at a time that works for them. Diplomas will be mailed to the graduates.

“Many individuals and groups have come together to produce and provide this on-demand commencement,” said Chris Pass, senior assistant registrar for academic records, commencement and graduation. “We have produced a good alternative to an in-person commencement that the graduates, their families and friends will enjoy.”

There are six ceremonies, each keynoted by Daniels. The ceremonies are:

  • Division I – Graduate School (all schools and colleges).
  • Division II – The colleges of Liberal Arts and Science.
  • Division III – The colleges of Education, Health and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.
  • Division IV – Krannert School of Management and Purdue Polytechnic Institute.
  • Division V – The colleges of Agriculture, Engineering (Agricultural & Biological, Materials, Mechanical), and Pharmacy.
  • Division VI – The College of Engineering (Aeronautics and Astronautics, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Construction, Electrical and Computer, Environmental and Ecological, Industrial, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Nuclear).

Each student will have their name called and receive their diploma. Graduates are encouraged to take photos of themselves and their families watching the ceremony or afterward and post to social media using the #PurdueWeDidIt hashtag.

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