A spring class of 688 graduation candidates plus graduates from last fall and spring will be honored during Purdue University Calumet’s 58th Commencement Exercises at 1:30 p.m., Sunday (5/17) at the Radisson Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.
Some 503 associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree candidates/graduates are expected to participate in the 43rd annual spring graduation ceremonies. The spring class is comprised of 144 master’s degree candidates, 461 would-be baccalaureate degree recipients and 83 associate degree candidates.
Including graduates from last fall and summer, the Class of 2009 totals more than 1,300. Since 1994, a December graduation also has been held for fall and summer graduates.
Participating Purdue Trustees will confer degrees. Purdue Calumet Chancellor Howard Cohen and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Roy Evans, the university’s 2008-09 Outstanding Faculty Service Award recipient, will address the graduates. Purdue University President France Cordova also will offer words of greeting.
Distinguished undergraduate degree candidates will be recognized as well.
Selected to offer the traditional “response” on behalf of the Class of 2009 is 14-year-old prospective mechanical engineering graduate Tyamo Okosun. The Michigan City resident transferred to Purdue Calumet in 2006 after having begun higher education course work at age 9 at Purdue North Central. He has been admitted to the Ph.D. mechanical engineering program at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, where he plans to continue his education this fall.
This spring’s class increases to more than 41,500 the total number of degrees awarded at Purdue Calumet.