Hobart School Corporation Superintendent and Purdue University Calumet alumna Peggy Buffington encouraged new graduates of her alma mater to “make a commitment to choose work that gives (them) the opportunity to make the world better, then go do it!” during fall Commencement Exercises on campus Saturday (12/12).
A total of 488 baccalaureate and master’s degree graduates participated in two programs, held in the Fitness & Recreation Center. Some 265 graduates of the Colleges of Business; Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; and Education participated in the 11 a.m. program. Another 223, representing the Colleges of Technology; Nursing; and Engineering, Mathematics and Science, participated at 3 p.m.
The programs marked the 70th Commencement Exercises of Purdue Calumet, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. In all, the class, consisting of fall and previous summer graduates totals 846—nearly 700 baccalaureate degree recipients and 150 with master’s degrees.
As keynote speaker, Buffington drew from her experiences participating in various graduations as a school superintendent to challenge the university graduates.
“Bring the same type of anticipation about what is next in life by replicating the attitudes of kindergarteners and high school graduates,” she said. “They are filled with enthusiasm and cannot wait to begin the next endeavor.”
She went on to urge her audience to “see your life as a mission—a mission to impact as many lives as positively as you can.” She concluded with encouragement “to be filled with joy, joy and more joy by the work you choose to do!”
Also during the two 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 Calumet’s academic colleges: Jacqueline M. Bixler of Worthington (Nursing), Amanda M. Clark of Griffith (Nursing), William L. Earley of Dyer (Engineering, Mathematics and Science), Sherri J. Frickel of Hammond (Business), Stephanie A. Haddad of Schererville (Education), Scott A. Hernstrom of Westville (Liberal Arts and Social Sciences), Michelle M. Kelleher of Schererville (Business), Bonnie C. Martin of Lowell, (Liberal Arts and Social Sciences), Amal F. Mubarak of Merrillville (Engineering, Mathematics and Science), Kyle A. Naumowich of Crown Point (Technology), Stephanie S. Peters of Highland (Technology) and Sarah G. Steffen of Kendallville (Nursing).
Purdue Calumet Chancellor/Purdue University Northwest Chancellor-Designate Thomas L. Keon presented the medallions.
Reception to follow
A campus reception followed each graduation program in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library. This class increases to nearly 53,000 the number of degrees awarded at Purdue Calumet.