Spring 2022 Commencement

Congratulations to the PNW students who showed integrity, respect and courageousness in completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in Spring 2022! We can’t wait to see how you Power Onward to remarkable futures.

PNW graduates in regalia walk to the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building.

Celebrating Spring 2022 Commencement!

Congratulations to the 976 graduates recognized by Purdue University Northwest during an outdoor commencement ceremony on May 15!

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Spring 2022 Commencement Snapshot

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Spring 2022 Commencement Livestream

PNW Commencement in Photos

Marching In

Graduates marching in

Purdue University Northwest recognized 976 graduates during an outdoor commencement ceremony on May 15.

PNW Graduates marching toward the stage

The Spring 2022 commencement was hosted during an outdoor ceremony south of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building on the Hammond campus.

PNW Graduates in front of Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building

The Spring 2022 commencement was hosted during an outdoor ceremony south of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building on the Hammond campus.

Faculty marching toward commencement stage

Many faculty and staff members joined in to make commencement possible for our 976 graduates.

The Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Speaker

Alfredo “Al” Sori presented as the keynote speaker for PNW’s spring commencement ceremony May 15.

Graduate on stage

PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon congratulated all of the PNW graduates during commencement. The 976 graduates represented PNW’s five colleges. This number includes 856 earning baccalaureate degrees and 120 earning master’s degrees.

Students during commencement

Students were recognized for distinguished awards, such as the Chancellor's Medallion, throughout the ceremony.

Students sitting during commencement

All smiles for these remarkable graduates!

Decorated Cap

Many graduates arrived with decorated caps — a show of the astounding creativity of our graduates!

Grads Celebrating

Graduate fist bump

PNW students are supported by faculty and staff throughout their journey. Celebrating with them at commencement is an added bonus!

Three graduates

Commencement is a great time for graduates to celebrate their achievements with peers, friends, family, faculty and staff.

Smiling graduates walking away from commencement

PNW graduates were inspired by speaker Al Sori's words to be bold going forward in their professional careers.

Graduate posing with degree

We are excited to see what is next on the journeys of our new alumni!

Graduate posing with family

We love seeing families come out to support our graduates!

Graduate and staff person in front of lion

The support and encouragement of faculty and staff continues well beyond graduation.


Congratulations to all of the Spring 2022 graduates!

Commencement News Coverage

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“‘Everything has paid off’: Purdue University Northwest students graduate” Times of Northwest Indiana

“Commencement a Celebration of New Normal for PNW Graduates” Post-Tribune 

“Purdue Northwest Graduates Told to Focus on ‘Integrity, Respect and Courageousness'” LaPorte County Herald-Dispatch

“Purdue Northwest Support Leads to Success at the 2022 Spring Commencement” GreatNews.Life

“Purdue University Northwest Graduates Encouraged to Be Bold in Their Professional Careers” WIMS AM 1420

Commencement Stories

Travis McKinney

Chancellor Medallion Recipient: Meet 2022 PNW graduate Travis McKinney

Military veteran, former county sheriff’s deputy, father and now college graduate. Travis McKinney, ’22, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity from the College of Technology at Purdue University Northwest (PNW).

Nikoletta Kyriakakis

Chancellor Medallion Recipient: Meet PNW Graduate Nikoletta Kyriakakis

Chancellor’s Medallion recipient, Nikoletta Kyriakakis, ’22, earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing with a minor in Psychology.

Sydney Hanson

In service to others: Meet 2022 PNW graduate Sydney Hanson

Sydney Hanson, ’22, is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Management and will also earn minors in Spanish and Marketing.