Commencement is our favorite time of year! We get to celebrate YOU, our graduates, and reward your hard work with a diploma.

Spring 2021 Commencement

Learn more about PNW’s plans for outdoor, in-person commencement ceremonies, with appropriate health and safety protocols, to celebrate the academic achievements of the spring class of 2021.

Read The Announcement

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Congrats to Our Fall 2020 Graduates

See graduate stories and tribute videos from PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon and Student Government Association President Oriana White.

Watch the Tributes

See the List of Graduates

Celebrating Our Graduates

PNW graduates marked their accomplishments at our Hammond and Westville Graduate Celebration Events. Browse the slideshow to see if you spot someone you know!

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In a year unlike any other, PNW students relied on their inherent grit, perseverance and ability to Power Onward.

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PNW proudly celebrates our graduates!

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PNW graduate Cameron Neely celebrates his degree by posing in front of the memorable "Tres Bon Tricycle" sculpture on Purdue Northwest's Westville campus

Aniket Kulkarni is pictured.

Aniket Kulkarni proudly graduates from the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

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A PNW grad shows off his degree. Beyond being a monument to hard work, a PNW degree also represents a network of mentors, instructors, professors and peers.

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Safety was the focus at PNW's Graduate Celebration Events on the Westville campus, with masks and social distancing built into the events.

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A festive PNW balloon display greeted guests at the graduation celebrations on the Hammond campus.

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Getting ready to celebrate safely in Westville.

Rana English is pictured.

Rana English, a graduate of the College of Engineering and Sciences, poses for a selfie.

A PNW graduate is pictured in front of the step and repeat.

Fall 2020 graduates are well-prepared to keep learning and innovating.

Timothy Paul is pictured.

Even as PNW graduates like Timothy Paul Power Onward to their next steps, they will always look back fondly at their time at Purdue Northwest.

Ashley Bruner is pictured.

Posing with the famous PNW lions on the Hammond campus, Ashley Bruner will be powering onward with her nursing degree from PNW.

Melissa Clark DeButch is pictured.

Melissa Clark-DeButch, plus an extra cute special guest, graduates from PNW's College of Nursing.

Additional Resources

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Future Dates

When available, dates for upcoming PNW commencement ceremonies will be announced here.

A student receives her diploma from Chancellor Keon


Find details about your diploma—and ordering a replacement.

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Degree Requirements

Read the official process for awarding PNW degrees.

News and Announcements

Plans for Spring 2021 commencement in-person ceremonies

We are excited to return to in-person commencement ceremonies to allow our graduates to share this important experience safely with family and friends. Graduation marks the determination of PNW students in persisting to earn their degrees, and the Class of ’21 has demonstrated great flexibility and innovation to achieve this milestone.

Graduate Alabdali Abdullah is pictured.

Mastering the Language of Business: Fall 2020 Grad Abdullah Alabdali

A love of numbers led Abdullah Alabdali, ’20, to degrees in accounting and finance and a job as a tax accountant.

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Congratulations To Our Fall 2020 Graduates!

Congratulations are in order for all PNW students who completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fall 2020.