Class of 813 spring graduates to be honored at Sunday (5/20) Commencement Exercises

Purdue University Calumet will honor a graduating class of more than 800 undergraduate and graduate students during two Commencement Exercises Sunday (5/20) at the Radisson Star Plaza Theater.

Degrees will be conferred during the 1:30 p.m. ceremony to of the Schools of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Management; and Nursing. At the 6 p.m. ceremony, degrees will be awarded to students from the Schools of Engineering Mathematics and Science; Education; and Technology.

Some 400 candidates and graduates—including those from last fall and summer—are expected to participate in each ceremony. Purdue Board of Trustees members will be present to confer degrees.

The spring graduating class is comprised of individuals earning 208 master’s degrees, 560 baccalaureate degrees and 45 associate degrees.

Distinguished Purdue Calumet alumni will address the graduates. White Lodging Services Corp. President/Chief Operating Officer, Development & Asset Management Deno Yiankes (Class of 1988) will speak at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony. U.S. Steel Corp. Vice President of Engineering & Technology Anthony Bridge will deliver remarks at the evening ceremony.

Additionally, Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon and Purdue University Vice President of Student Affairs Melissa Exum will greet the graduates. Jessie Martin of Grant Park, Ill. will offer the student response. Martin served as Student Government president the past academic year.

Students with the top grade point average from each of Purdue Calumet’s six academic schools will receive a Chancellor’s Medallion. Distinguished baccalaureate and associate degree candidates, as well as those graduating from the Honors Program also will be recognized.

This class increases to more than 45,000 the number of degrees granted at Purdue Calumet.