Indianapolis Graduation Timeline

The timeline below provides step-by-step information on what to expect up to and during graduation. Please contact indianapolisgraduation@purdueglobal.edu if you have any questions.

Before the Ceremony

Step 1: Decide if You Are Attending a Ceremony

If You Are Not Attending a Ceremony 

It is not necessary to fill out any forms as the Office of the Registrar will automatically mail your diploma approximately 8 weeks after completion of the final class and after all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog.

Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility

You've decided to Attend the Indianapolis ceremony. Here's what's next:

  • Review Your Remaining Credits and Expected Graduation Date—Your degree must be completed by July 23, 2018, to attend the Indianapolis ceremony on August 11, 2018.
  • Review Financial Obligations—Participating in the graduation ceremony can be a financial commitment. Students are responsible for purchasing their cap and gown as well as any costs associated with traveling and lodging, etc. Because costs vary by student, we recommend researching your costs before registering to attend the ceremony.

Step 3: Register

To register for the Indianapolis ceremony, please follow this registration process. 

1. Complete the online participation form by clicking here. Students must register to attend the summer ceremony by July 6, 2018. Note: it is not necessary to wait until you reach your final term to register. As long as your completion date is by July 23, 2018, you may register as soon as registration opens, January 4, 2018.

2. Order your cap and gown. Caps and gowns are not sold by Purdue Global and will not be available for purchase at the graduation venue. Therefore, they must be ordered prior to the ceremony. Cap and gown orders take up to 6 weeks to process so it is recommended that orders are placed early. The deadline to order caps and gowns for the Indianapolis ceremony is June 21, 2018, and may be purchased through Jostens by clicking here.

3. Make your travel plans. Students who do not reside near the ceremony venue are responsible for making all necessary travel plans to get to the ceremony. We recommend booking your airfare and hotel early to avoid high prices.*

4. Watch your email for important updates and graduation information concerning the Indianapolis ceremony. If you move, please contact indianapolisgraduation@purdueglobal.edu with an updated address, as information may be mailed and/or emailed to the address provided on your participation form.

* It is recommended that graduates and guests refrain from booking travel accommodations until after the ceremony registration opens. In the event of a schedule change, Purdue Global is not responsible for reimbursing travel costs or other expenditures associated with attending the ceremony.

Step 4: Make Your Experience Seamless

  • Confirm Your Registration—Make sure you have completed the two-step process to register for the Indianapolis ceremony. If you filled out a participation form and received an email stating you are not on the attendee list, please contact Indianapolisgraduation@purdueglobal.edu. Note: Add indianapolisgraduation@purdueglobal.edu to your approved senders list to ensure our emails reach you.
  •  Avoid Unnecessary Fees—Preparing for graduation can be overwhelming, but keeping the following in mind can help ease the stress by keeping costs to a minimum. Order Your Cap and Gown by June 21, 2018—Orders placed after the deadline may require additional rush shipping fees to ensure your order is received in time.
  •  Make Your Travel Plans Early—Hotel and airfare costs are typically higher when booked close to your travel dates, so make any necessary reservations early.* 
  •  Contact Us if Your Plans Change—If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please contact indianapolisgraduation@purdueglobal.edu by the posted cancellation deadline of July 23, 2018

 * It is recommended that graduates and guests refrain from booking travel accommodations until after the ceremony registration opens. In the event of a schedule change, Purdue Global is not responsible for reimbursing travel costs or other expenditures associated with attending the ceremony.

 What to Expect Graduation Day

August 11, 2018 Indianapolis Ceremony Schedule

Commencement for graduates of the Schools of Business and Technology, Health Sciences, and Nursing

  • 11:00 am—Graduate check-in
  • 12:00 pm—Ballroom doors open for ceremony guest seating
  • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm—Ceremony

Do not arrive earlier than requested—While we encourage you to arrive early enough to become familiar with the area, if you do not have questions or do not require assistance, please refrain from arriving more than an hour prior to the start of the ceremony to avoid long wait periods.

Life After Graduation

Alumni-Josephine Garcesa DuqueGraduation is now behind you, but Purdue Global has more to offer.

  • Explore the Alumni page to learn how to stay connected with fellow graduates and peers, and to take advantage of the many benefits available to Purdue Global graduates, including discounts with select retailers, continuing your education, and more.
  • Career Services provides resume and job-search assistance. Check out the career search tools available through the Career Network. The Career Network is accessible via the Purdue Global Campus portal to currently enrolled students and graduates of Purdue Global. It is a social platform for our students and alumni to collaborate with each other and the Career Services team. You can search for jobs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as track your job search activity.