PNW class of 1,225 to be honored at three commencement ceremonies

PNW class of 1,225 to be honored at three commencement ceremonies

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will host its fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15.

A total of 1,225 candidates are eligible to receive degrees during the three commencement ceremonies, including 256 graduate degree recipients and 969 earning undergraduate degrees. Purdue Northwest’s College of Nursing will award three Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.

Purdue Northwest will hold ceremonies on its Hammond campus on Dec. 14 at the Fitness and Recreation Center, 2320 173rd St. Graduates in the College of Business and College of Nursing will participate in an 11 a.m. (Central) ceremony. Graduates in the College of Engineering and Sciences; College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences; and College of Technology will receive degrees at 3 p.m. (Central). The keynote speaker for both Hammond ceremonies will be Gary R. Johnson, an experienced leader of for-profit and nonprofit enterprises and community volunteer who serves as president of Portage-based Mortar Net Solutions.

A third Purdue Northwest commencement ceremony will be held at the Westville campus at 2 p.m. (Central) on Dec. 15 in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex’s H.D. Kesling Gymnasium, 1401 South U.S. 421. Leigh Morris, a community, business and civic leader from La Porte who is active in community and economic development regionally as well as statewide, will keynote the ceremony.

Purdue Northwest Chancellor Thomas L. Keon will present a Chancellor’s Medallion to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average from each college. Other distinguished baccalaureate degree candidates also will be recognized.

All ceremonies will be live streamed at

Graduation reception

A reception for graduates, family, friends, faculty, and staff will follow each graduation program—Saturday in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library and Sunday in the Dworkin Center Great Hall.

Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. For more information about PNW, visit