For the first time in its history, Purdue University Calumet will hold two Commencement ceremonies to confer degrees to members of its 2011 graduating class, Sunday (5/22).
Degrees will be awarded to a graduating class of 789 candidates at programs scheduled at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Radisson Star Plaza Theatre. Some Purdue Calumet graduates from last fall also will participate. Those graduating from the Schools of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Education; and Nursing will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Graduates from the Schools of Engineering, Mathematics & Science; Management; and Technology and will be recognized at 6 p.m.
Some 400 candidates and graduates are expected to participate in each program.
The graduating class is comprised of individuals earning 180 master’s degrees, 544 baccalaureate degrees and 65 associate degrees.
Participating in his final Commencement Exercises as Purdue Calumet Chancellor, Howard Cohen will address the graduates at both programs. Cohen is stepping down June 30 after 10 years of leading Purdue Calumet.
Additionally, Professor of Philosophy John Rowan will offer faculty remarks at the 1:30 p.m. program. Professor of Mechanical Engineering Bipin Pai will do likewise at the 6 p.m. program.
Selected to offer the traditional “response” on behalf of the Spring Class of 2011 are Jose Gutierrez of Munster at 1:30 p.m. and Jing Ma (Joy) of China at 6 p.m. Gutierrez, 22, who is graduating with a double major in political science and Spanish, plans to attend graduate school to study international business in preparation for a desired career as a diplomat. Ma came to Purdue Calumet knowing little English, but persisted to excel as a finance and accounting major with aspirations of working for a global consulting company and teaching at the university level. Both are honor students.
This class will increase to more than 44,000 the number of degrees granted at Purdue Calumet.