50,000th Purdue University Calumet Degree

Purdue Calumet to Award 50,000th Degree on Saturday (5/10)

HAMMOND, Ind. – Purdue University Calumet will award its 50,000th degree, while recognizing a spring graduation class of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate scholars during its 67th Commencement Exercises Saturday (5/10) at the Hammond Civic Center.

Purdue Calumet held its first Commencement of baccalaureate degree graduates in 1967.   

The 50,000th degree will be conferred during the second of two Commencement programs. Graduates of the Colleges of Education; Engineering, Mathematics & Science; and Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will be honored at 3 p.m., following an 11 a.m. Commencement for graduates of the Colleges of Business; Nursing; and Technology.

Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon, Purdue President Mitch Daniels and representation from the Purdue Board of Trustees will oversee the graduations.

Also participating in the 50,000th degree presentation will be Purdue Calumet’s first degree recipient in 1967, Dr. John S. Brown III., a board certified physician in emergency medicine and urgent care and CEO of Four Seasons Medical Center in Merrillville and Lakes of the Four Seasons.

“The awarding of 50,000 degrees is a clear indication of the impact Purdue University Calumet has had in northwest Indiana and beyond,” Keon said. “This milestone, shared with new graduates, distinguished alumni, families, faculty and staff, truly magnifies our celebration of student success through graduation.”  

Two Purdue Calumet alumni will offer graduation remarks. David Roberts (Class of 1974), chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Companies Inc., will address the 11 a.m. Commencement. Craig Pratt (Class of 1985), recently retired senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank, Northern Indiana, will be the keynote speaker at the 3 p.m. program.

Graduates this spring are scheduled to earn 224 masters degrees, 792 baccalaureate degrees and 31 associate degrees subject to completion of final course requirements this week.

Students with the top grade point average from each of Purdue Calumet’s academic colleges will receive a Chancellor’s Medallion. Other academically-distinguished candidates, as well as those graduating from the Honors Program also will be recognized.