Graduation Center

Below is a list of upcoming ceremonies and general ceremony information. Ceremonies are held annually and are open to all Purdue Global and Concord Law School graduates. Students may attend any ceremony that takes place after their final term ends.

Graduates at ceremony

Upcoming Ceremonies

Graduates who completed their degree more than a year prior to a ceremony should contact for permission to attend. Additional dates will be added as they are scheduled.

2020 Graduation Schedule

June 6, 2020—Virtual Commencement
Registration for this ceremony has ended.
Due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the commencement in Indianapolis is being changed to a virtual format. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our number one priority. View details for this ceremony.

Winter 2020—Virtual Commencement
Details coming soon.

May 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN
Registration is expected to open in winter.

If the CDC and local governments recommend that large gatherings should not take place to ensure the safety and health of attendees, then the May 22, 2021, commencement will be cancelled or moved to a virtual format. We recommend not booking travel until registration opens.

Check back in the coming weeks for updates on future ceremonies.

General Ceremony Information

Participation and Eligibility

Graduates may attend any ceremony that is held after their final term ends, provided they register by the registration deadline posted for their chosen ceremony. All candidates attending the graduation ceremony who registered by the deadline will be listed in the program booklet.

Guests at Graduation

The guest limit is determined by the number of seats in the theatre, as well as the number of graduates expected to attend. Graduates can sign up for the waitlist when they register for possible additional guests. If space is still available when registration ends, the slots will be given to those on the waitlist. All graduates on the waitlist will be notified of availability approximately 2 weeks after registration ends.

Graduate Check-In

Some venues require graduates to check in order to pick up their ceremony reader card. All graduates walking in the ceremony are required to have a reader card to cross the stage. If check-in is not required, reader cards will be mailed to graduates. See the schedule for your chosen ceremony for check-in information.

Graduation Ceremony Guide

A Graduation Ceremony Guide, which includes important ceremony details, will be mailed to registered graduates approximately 2 to 3 weeks before the ceremony.

Attire—Caps and Gowns

Graduates are responsible for ordering their caps and gowns. Online ordering begins approximately 4 months prior to the ceremony date and ends 7 weeks prior to the ceremony date. Orders placed after 7 weeks are not guaranteed and may be subject to late and rush shipping fees. The ordering link will be available with the ceremony details. See the Cap and Gown page for guidelines. Caps and gowns will not be available at the ceremony venue.

Academic Honors

Associate's- and bachelor's-level graduates who complete their degrees with cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.70 or higher will achieve academic honors status. Certificate- and master's-level graduates are not eligible for academic honors. Academic honors statuses will be noted on diplomas and transcripts.

The academic honors statuses are as follows:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.70–3.79 Cum Laude
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.80–3.99 Magna Cum Laude
  • Cumulative GPA of 4.0 Summa Cum Laude

Associate's- and bachelor's-level graduates attending the ceremony with final GPAs that qualify for academic honors will receive a cord at Graduate Check-In to wear at the ceremony. Because the honor cords are part of the academic regalia, only those in attendance who qualify for honors will receive these items at the ceremony.

Eligibility for academic honors is verified by the Office of the Registrar. For questions regarding your GPA and academic honor eligibility, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or call 866.522.7747 (Toll Free).

Honor Society Honors

Graduates who are members of an honor society may wear their honor society regalia (cords, stoles, pins, etc.) at the ceremony. Members should contact their society's chapter representative or visit the respective society's website to order regalia items.

Note: Graduates must be existing honor society members prior to their final term.

Cancellation Policy

Ceremony cancellations must be received in writing at no later than 5 weeks prior to the ceremony. An email will be sent by the Graduation Department within 5 business days of submission to confirm the cancellation has been processed.

Cancellations received after the deadline will result in a nonrefundable fee of $125 charged to the graduating student's account. Please note: The cancellation fee also applies to graduates who are confirmed for the event but do not attend. All student accounts must have a zero balance before diplomas are released.

Graduation Ceremony Expenses

Purdue Global does not charge a fee to attend a graduation ceremony for students or their guests. However, students are responsible for all expenses incurred for travel to and from the ceremony, including finding and securing their own hotel rooms.

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