To: The PNW Campus Community
From: Thomas L. Keon, Chancellor
Date: September 28, 2018
RE: Purdue University Northwest Diploma
As Purdue University Northwest, we have made many advances that positively impact our students, graduates, alumni and Northwest Indiana community. Today, I’m pleased to share news of another exciting step forward for Purdue Northwest.
By approval of the Purdue University Board of Trustees, beginning in May 2019, PNW graduates will be conferred a Purdue University Northwest diploma. Everything we do as a comprehensive university to ensure the success of our graduates—from high-quality teaching and scholarship, to a robust campus community, to a growing alumni network—will be further reflected in our diploma.
As the Purdue system has evolved in recent years—with the establishment of Purdue University Northwest, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Purdue University Global—it has been increasingly valuable to distinguish between the diplomas among these various institutions more prominently. While all remain legal entities of the Trustees of Purdue University, the Board approved the diploma change for each.
Distinguishing between diplomas conferred at regional universities from a “main campus” counterpart is a new development for the Purdue system, though it is certainly common among public university systems in other states, such as University of Wisconsin, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, State University of New York and University of California, among others.
The significance of this change for Purdue Northwest is further cementing our unique identity as a university that is strong, vibrant, innovative, diverse and increasingly a competitive choice for exceptional, nationally-recognized undergraduate and graduate education.
The reputation of our students and alumni is well-known and respected across Northwest Indiana. Our graduates have shaped this region for generations as community and industry leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, teachers, scientists, counselors and professionals of every discipline. Many have also made an impact far beyond our region, as well.
As we look ahead and imagine PNW’s future, we should embrace this change as an opportunity to broadly and boldly expand Purdue University Northwest’s legacy for generations to come.