Campus Traditions

From our Pride Stride color run during Welcome Week to our pancake study break during final exams, PNW campus traditions bring our community together all year long.

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PNW Traditions

Welcome Weeks
Kicking off the semester, a series of events occur throughout the first week of classes to introduce students to all of the resources PNW has to offer.

Pride Stride
Show your pride with a 5K Fun Run/Walk. Participants will get blasted with color at this outdoor outing on PNW’s scenic Westville campus.

Late Night Madness
We celebrate the start of Pride basketball season with food, games, contests and prizes.

From carnivals to painting windows across campus, this month culminates in basketball games at the “Mane Event.”

PNW Day of Giving
This record-setting, 24-hour annual fundraiser invites the campus and community to come together in supporting the university.

Pancake Study Break
Held the Monday before finals week, the annual pancake study break is designed to give students a much needed break during a stressful week.

PNW commencement is a time to celebrate as graduates, families, professors and supporters all gather to show pride in our newest PNW alumni!

Campus Traditions In Action

Students at the Homecoming Carnival are pictured.

Purdue Northwest got Homecoming month started with the annual Homecoming Carnival on the Hammond Campus!

Students walking in 5K walk.

Walk participants enjoyed a nice day on the Hammond campus during Homecoming 2021.

A dog is pictured for SGA Cram Jam.

From Homecoming Carnivals and Yard Parties to baseball in Dowling Park, students and faculty came together to celebrate in a safe and socially-distanced manner in our 2021 festivities.

An aerial view of students walking across the quad at PNW's Westville Campus.

At PNW's Welcome Weeks, students enjoy free food, fun and giveaways on both the Hammond and Westville campuses.

A runner points a finger at the PNW pride stride.

Taking big strides at PNW's Pride Stride.

Students kick off the Pride Stride with a spray of color.

Students kick off the Pride Stride with a spray of color.

NIPSO donation giving is pictured.

Rick Calinski (left), NIPSCO director of public affairs and economic development, presents a donation of $10,000 from the NiSource Charitable Foundation to Lawrence Hamer, dean of the Purdue Northwest College of Business. The college raised an additional $10,000 on PNW Day of Giving to secure the matching gift for technology updates in the student learning labs.

A PNW graduate in a crowd. Her cap reads "She believed she could so she did."

Annual commencement celebrations are always a highlight for students, faculty and parents alike.

Student Events

Jan 19

Multicultural Lounge Meeting

Join Student Government for a fun discussion on helping to grow the Multicultural Lounge. Discuss your vision and share ideas for this exciting new space!

Jan 21

The Pride in the Sky: Brief Planetarium and Laser Show Event

Calling the PNW Pride! Get to know your mascot with a deep dive into the night sky and a look at the constellation Leo the Lion.

Jan 24

Homecoming 2022

You’ve Roared Ahead through a time unlike any other…let’s celebrate with PNW Homecoming from January 24 through February 28! We are bringing back some of your favorite HoCo traditions as well as creating new ones.

Jan 24

Decorate The House – Window Painting

Help paint PNW black and gold! PNW students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and help bring the festive atmosphere throughout the campus.