Alumni

… offering congrats to our prospective grads

Victoria Merrill-Washington
Master of Science in Education, 1990

Victoria Merrill-Washington

New graduates, you must be exhilarated. As a professional school counselor and graduate of Purdue University Calumet, I congratulate you on completing your degree. The counseling program through Purdue was challenging, comprehensive, and provided me with the skills, techniques, and knowledge base to make a difference in my profession, communities, school environments, and organizations. Bask in this time of accomplishment and know that your joy and achievement are shared with family, friends, and Purdue University Calumet academia.


Debera Hinchy
Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, 1995

Debera Hinchy

Congratulations, graduates! The education you’ve earned at Purdue Calumet provides an excellent foundation to launch from, grounded in an environment of hard work (both on campus and off) and strengthened by excellent, supportive faculty and staff who challenge students to raise their aspirations higher than they think possible. Your learning experiences at Purdue Calumet, and the knowledge you’ve acquired, have prepared you and will benefit you, whether you are in the workforce or moving onto graduate studies. Best wishes!


Shontrai D. Irving
Master of Business Administration, 2009

Shontrai D. Irving

Congratulations on reaching this very important milestone in your life. Earning a degree from Purdue University has opened many doors of opportunity. I was able to further develop my skills and knowledge in the corporate business environment. Moreover, earning a degree from Purdue has helped me connect with an alumni base of distinguished professionals. The networking possibilities are endless!  I am very proud to wear the black and gold of Purdue and know that you will too.


Mary Shields
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1984
Master of Science in Nursing, 1989

Mary Shields

I would like to take a couple of minutes to congratulate you on this great accomplishment. I am lucky to have kept in contact with a number of professors who have helped me stay connected to the University.  Probably the most influential was Henry Plawecki, who fueled my passion for research and encouraged me to mentor a number of nursing students. My current position is Administrator of the Community Cancer Research Foundation, a corporation of the Community Healthcare System. We provide access to clinical cancer research in a large area of Northwest Indiana and Porter County, as well as support services and community outreach to individuals diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. My education at Purdue University Calumet provided a sound background to prepare me for my career, and I am grateful for the experience. I wish you success in your future career and am confident your education at Purdue has prepared you well.


Larry A Brechner,
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 1980
Master of Arts in Communication, 1994

Larry A. Brechner

Congratulations on earning your Purdue Calumet degree, and welcome to a very special group of alumni. Your Purdue degree has substantial meaning and worth in the real world, but you should always realize that your education should still be an ongoing process. Your degree has prepared you to become a life-long learner – what I like to call an “eternal student.” You should use it as a catalyst to develop a “toolbox of skills” that is ever expanding and increasing to meet an ever changing world. May I also add my personal philosophy about work: “Promise only what you can deliver, but always deliver what you promise.”