Commencement Ceremony: Day-Of Guide
PNW is excited to celebrate our Spring 2021 graduates with two outdoor commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15!
- Attendance will be limited to ticketed attendees
- All persons in attendance are required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth at all times and to maintain social distancing
- Guests will be seated in “pods” to assure appropriate social distancing
- College of Nursing
- College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Seating area opens at 9 a.m. We recommend being in your seats no later than 9:30 a.m. to view the entire ceremony.
- College of Business
- College of Engineering and Sciences
- College of Technology
Seating area opens at 3 p.m. We recommend being in your seats no later than 3:30 p.m. to view the entire ceremony.
Parking for all candidates and guests is in the parking garage accessible via the 169th Street or Wicker Avenue entrances to campus. For GPS purposes, use 2200 169th Street, Hammond, Indiana.
The area south of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building on the Hammond Campus.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Commencement ceremonies will be streamed “live” on the PNW website for those guests who were not able to obtain a ticket.
General Information for Graduates and Their Guests
Ceremonies last approximately 90 minutes. Participants will not be permitted to leave the commencement venue until the ceremony is concluded.
Have commencement questions? Feel free to contact the Graduation Coordinator at (219) 989-2334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You must arrive wearing your cap and gown. Please leave all personal belongings (such as coats, purses or bags) with your guests prior to the ceremony.
- Face coverings are required. Graduates will be allowed to remove the face covering briefly while crossing the stage, for a photo opportunity.
- You may park in the 169th Street parking lot or garage facility off of Wicker Avenue and walk over to the check-in area. Please be aware that all campus buildings will be closed.
- Check-in for candidates will be held outdoors at the west entrance under the canopy (Woodmar Street side) of Lawshe Hall from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Central) for the morning ceremony and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Central) for the afternoon ceremony.
- In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), any candidate who might require special accommodations to participate in the commencement ceremony should call Noemi Elizalde, the Graduation Coordinator, at (219) 989-2334 or email email@example.com to make appropriate arrangements.
- Honor cords will be presented to participants who qualify for graduation “With Distinction” or “With Highest Distinction” upon check-in. Only those receiving an undergraduate degree are eligible to graduate with honors.
- An independent professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduate at check-in and as they cross the stage. Copies of this photograph will be made available to you for purchase a few weeks following the exercises.
- Keep the diploma cover that is given to you during the commencement exercises. Once you receive your diploma from the Office of the Registrar, you may insert it into the diploma cover.
- All guests including children (infants and toddlers) must have a ticket to attend the commencement ceremony.
- Despite changes in the State of Indiana’s mask mandate, Purdue Northwest requires face coverings indoors and outdoors at events with multiple participants. Nobody over the age of 2 without a proper face covering will be admitted to the Commencement venue. Anyone feeling unwell is asked not to attend in person, but please view your graduate via the livestream.
- Strollers and infant carriers are not permitted in the Commencement area. Please be aware that balloons and umbrellas are also not allowed so that other guests’ view of the ceremony is not obstructed.
- You may park in the 169th Street parking lot or garage facility off of Wicker Avenue and walk over to the commencement area. Please be aware that all campus buildings will be closed.
- For guests with limited mobility: On the day of the commencement ceremony please see any staff member in a gold robe if you need assistance. All groups of seating include accessible seating.
- For security purposes, all guests’ bags will be checked upon entry to the venue. Some items – including large bags, backpacks, shopping bags, umbrellas, balloons, noisemakers, food and alcohol – will not be allowed. Diaper bags will be allowed for families with infants and toddlers. Guests may bring factory-sealed plastic water bottles, as concessions will not be sold at the venue; no personal, refillable bottles are allowed.
- Camera and video equipment are allowed. However, we ask that you not create a distraction for other guests with your use of this equipment. Tripods cannot be set up in walkways or aisles. An independent professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduate at check-in and as they cross the stage. Copies of this photograph will be made available to you for purchase a few weeks following the exercises.
Conferring of Degrees
The order of commencement exercises will be as follows:
- Academic Procession
- Address to the Candidates
- Conferring of Degrees
- Recession for Platform Party
Master’s candidates will have their degrees conferred while they are standing at their seats. When the signal is given, you will follow your marshal to the stage. As you come to the stage-right lectern, the presenter marshal will call your name. Proceed across the stage to receive your diploma. When you return to your seat, please be seated.
Undergraduate candidates will be presented to the Board of Trustees by school. The dean for each college will call for the baccalaureate candidates to stand and then call for the associate candidates to stand. Once candidates in all colleges have been presented, degrees are conferred.
The presenter marshal will call the graduates to come forward as he asks the marshals to escort them to the platform to receive their diplomas. The narshals will lead the graduates, by college, from the seating area in single-file procession order to the stage. When you come to the stage-right lectern on stage, hand your reader card to the presenter marshal. Once your name is called, you will proceed across the stage and receive your diploma. When you return to your seat, please be seated.
When all diplomas have been awarded and the graduates are back in their seats, the representative of the senior class will speak. There will be a recessional for the platform party. Please remain seated until the music stops.
Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic there will be no indoor events or receptions associated with the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies.