50,000th degree to be awarded during Commencement Exercises 5/10
A member of this spring’s graduating class will receive the 50,000th degree awarded at Purdue Calumet.
Nearly 1,050 candidates comprise the class. Two Commencement Exercises are scheduled–11 a.m. and 3 p.m.—at the Hammond Civic Center.
Graduates of the Colleges of Business, Nursing and Technology will be recognized during 11 a.m. festivities. College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; Education; and Liberal Arts and Social Sciences graduates will be honored at 3 p.m.
Two Purdue Calumet alumni will address the graduates. Dave Roberts (Class of ’74), chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Companies Inc., delivers remarks at 11 a.m. Fifth Third Bank of Northwest Indiana Market Executive Craig Pratt (Class of ‘85) is the 3 p.m. speaker. Purdue President Mitch Daniels also is scheduled to attend.
The 50,000th degree will be awarded during the 3 p.m. Exercises. Participating in the milestone observance will be the first baccalaureate degree recipient at Purdue Calumet’s initial Commencement, held on the campus lawn, in 1967: Dr. John S. Brown III, M.D. Dr. Brown graduated with a history degree and went on to earn a master’s in physics at West Lafayette before attending Indiana University Medical School. An urgent care, family and emergency medicine physician, he also is CEO of Four Seasons Medical Center in Merrillville.
Tentatively, spring graduates are scheduled to receive 224 masters, 792 baccalaureate and 31 associate degrees.
Faculty & Staff reminder…Line-up for the graduations are promptly at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.