Commencement 2016

Commencement 2016


Commencement for December 2016, May and August 2017, graduates is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  The Purdue University Commencement will be held in the Columbus Learning Center, beginning at 6:00 pm. A reception, sponsored by The Purdue Club of Bartholomew County, will follow the ceremony. Dr. Joseph Fuehne, Director for Columbus, will preside over the ceremony.    


This event will take place prior to the graduation ceremony from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. There is no cost to attend our Pre-Commencement Celebration.

All candidates participating in the ceremony must be dressed in the appropriate academic attire.  Caps and gowns must be purchased by the graduate; order forms will be available mid-February. You will receive an email when your academic attire and guest tickets have become available for pick up.


Graduation announcements are optional – you are not required to purchase announcements.  However, for anyone interested, personalized graduation announcements are available from Balfour.  Visit the Balfour website to view a sample announcement and place your order search for Purdue Polytechnic at Columbus.



Graduation candidates need to complete the Purdue University Graduate Exit Interview.  This is an online survey which can be completed in a few minutes. Candidates will be provided with a link to the survey a few weeks prior to commencement.



Students graduating with Distinction and Highest Distinction will be recognized during the ceremony. 

May 2016, Summer 2016, & Fall 2016 Grads Academic Honors GPA May 2017, Summer 2017, & Fall 2017 Grads Academic Honors GPA
Distinction 3.68 Distinction 3.68
Highest Distinction 3.95 Highest Distinction 3.94

*May 2017, Summer 2017, and Fall 2017 GPA requirements are                                                                  preliminary; final requirements will be available mid-May 2017.


University honor cords will be distributed on graduation day to degree candidates who are candidates for graduation "with Distinction" or "with Highest Distinction".


Student Ambassadors will be distinguished at the commencement ceremony by wearing white cords.


Veterans of the United States Armed Forces will be distinguished for their honorable service to our nation by being presented with red, white, and blue cords.

Your graduation day is an important milestone to celebrate with your family and friends.   Seating will be limited; however, as the seating capacity in the lecture hall is 200.  Although we would appreciate all students participating in commencement, it is not mandatory.  Therefore, once we know how many graduates plan to participate we will be able to let you know how many guest tickets you may have. Each guest must have a ticket to enter the Lecture Hall. Small children sitting on someone's lap do not need a ticket for entry.

Please contact a Purdue Student Services Coordinator with any questions you might have regarding the commencement ceremony.  Anji McKinney can be reached by phone at 812-348.2041 or by email at and Whitney Ramer can be reached at 812-348-2027 or


Candidates who require special assistance to participate in their commencement exercise should contact Student Services Coordinator, Anji McKinney at 812-348-2041 or at least one month prior to commencement to make appropriate arrangements.

Candidates with physically restricted guests who require special seating should also contact Student Services Coordinator, Anji McKinney at 812-348-2041 or to make appropriate arrangements at least two weeks prior to the commencement ceremony.


A group photo will be taken with the Purdue Polytechnic Deans, faculty, and graduates.  You will receive instructions about the group photo when you check in. 


A reception sponsored by The Purdue Club of Bartholomew County honoring the Class of 2017 and their guests will be held in the Learning Center Student Commons immediately following the ceremony. 

The purpose of PAAC is to create awareness of and support for the college through event planning/management, scholarship support/fundraising, and community activities.  Please stop by the PAAC table after the ceremony to meet several college alumni, learn more about PAAC, and pick up your gift. For more information on PAAC, please email

The Purdue Club of Bartholomew County is the local chapter of the Purdue Alumni Association. The Purdue Club of Bartholomew County works with the Purdue Polytechnic at Columbus in various events in the area. To learn more, visit