Class of 990 recognized during 3 weekend ceremonies at Westville & Hammond
Former Indiana state legislator Christina Hale urged Purdue University Northwest’s first class of graduates this weekend to be prepared to answer, “Yes!” when opportunity comes knocking.
Three ceremonies were held to recognize 990 fall graduates, some 604 of whom participated in the programs, beginning late Friday afternoon (12/9) at the Westville Campus and continuing Saturday morning and afternoon at the Hammond Campus. Westville Campus participants numbered 111; there were 493 participants at both Hammond Campus ceremonies.
Westville alumna keynote speaker
Hale, a PNW Westville Campus alumna, was the keynote speaker at all three ceremonies. A recent two-term member of the Indiana House of Representatives, she dropped her re-election bid last spring to run for Indiana Lieutenant Governor on a joint ticket with defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg. Hale also is a former executive of service organization Kiwanis International.
“I suspect that you are smart, you are engaged in life for the right reasons and you have a good heart,” she told the graduates. “So when opportunity knocks, ask yourself that question, ‘Why not you? Why not?’ and be prepared to say ‘Yes!’”
PNW’s fall graduating class is comprised of 174 individuals from the Westville Campus and 816 from the Hammond Campus. Between the two campuses, there were 82 master’s degree recipients, 894 earning baccalaureate degrees and 14 receiving associate degrees.
Distinguished degree candidates
Also during the three programs, distinguished baccalaureate degree candidates were recognized. They include the following Chancellor Medallion honorees for compiling the top grade point averages in each of Purdue Northwest’s academic colleges: Natalie Weiss of Granger (College of Business), Qusai Alqadi of Oak Forest, Ill. and Andres Rojas Carbo (College of Engineering and Sciences), Mallory Hayes of Schererville and Charles Halberstadt of Portage (College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences), Rachel Collins of Highland (College of Nursing) and Yvette Rarick of Whiting (College of Technology).
Purdue Northwest Chancellor Thomas L. Keon presented the medallions.
A campus reception was held for the graduates, family and friends following each ceremony.
Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two Northwest Indiana campuses in Hammond and Westville. The university was established by the unification in early 2016 of the former Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. With more than 15,000 students and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university.