Take thunderous footsteps.
“Commencement ceremonies are one of life’s special moments—a time to reflect on years of hard work and a time to look forward to your future as a new degree holder. When you don your cap and gown, be proud of yourself, be thankful toward others, and take thunderous footsteps into the world with the knowledge you have gained during your years at Purdue University Fort Wayne.”
—Chancellor Ronald L. Elsenbaumer
Find everything you need to prepare for the big day.
PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Set your GPS for Memorial Coliseum.
Be ready to strike a pose.
ARRIVAL AND ACCESSIBILITY
A ceremony for everyone.
Your diploma will be mailed to you.
Still have questions?
- Applied science: silver and white
- Business: drab
- Education: light blue
- Engineering, technology, and computer science: orange
- General studies: silver and white
- Liberal arts: white
- Music: pink
- Performing arts: brown
- Polytechnic: orange
- Science: gold
There is no winter commencement ceremony at Purdue Fort Wayne; however, the university’s spring commencement ceremony is held each May and open to all students who have achieved their degree during the previous year regardless of which semester they graduate. If you graduated in December, you will be able to participate in our ceremony in May.
Yes. This has been standard practice in the past, and you may contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at [email protected] to arrange your participation. Fall graduates, spring graduates, and prospective summer graduates have all been invited to participate in commencement. Please note that participating in commencement does not mean that you have graduated; you must apply for graduation through goPFW.
You should meet with your advisor to discuss your progress and to determine if you are on track to graduate. Only your advisor can tell you if you have met your program requirements.
Yes. When you apply to graduate, you will be asked how you want your name to appear on your diploma. You can input your preferred name at that time.
Yes. The Office of International Education can provide an official letter that a graduating international student’s family may use in their visa application process. Since visa applications in many countries are experiencing long wait times for processing, it is important to start this process as soon as you know your family’s plans. International students may send a request for a letter to [email protected].
- Distinction is defined as meeting or exceeding a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 and meeting minimum resident credits.
- Highest distinction is defined as meeting or exceeding a cumulative grade point average of 3.95 and meeting minimum resident credits.
- If you are a bachelor’s degree candidate, you must have completed a minimum of 65 resident credits.
- If you are an associate degree candidate, you must have completed a minimum of 35 resident credits.
Join the ceremony from wherever you are.
Tradition meets artistry.
Dating back to medieval times, maces have a long tradition of ushering in formal, ceremonial events. Carried by the university marshal, and only present when the chancellor is in attendance, the mace signifies that the proceedings have official sanction. The Purdue University Fort Wayne mace is used solely during commencement ceremonies and university convocations.
In 2020, Robert F. Schroeder, artist and limited-term lecturer, in collaboration with Dana A. Goodman, professor emeritus, designed and crafted the first official Purdue Fort Wayne mace. Through meticulous carvings and metalwork, thoughtful materials, and careful placement, the mace tells intricate stories of our university’s founding.