Summer Graduation Ceremony

August 13–14, 2021

Summer Commencement

Attend in-person at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., or participate virtually.*

Registration Opens: May 12, 2021
Registration Closes: June 18, 2021

Check out Showcase Opportunities.

Graduates must complete online registration by June 18, 2021, to participate.
Contact with any questions.

Purdue Global graduates at commencement

Countdown to Commencement

The Commencement Showroom is your hub for all graduation events. Visit the Travel to Graduation page for a list of hotels and other travel information.

Graduation Week

August 9: Virtual Photo Booth
August 10: Last Lecture & Virtual Toast
August 11: Shout Out Board
August 12: #PurdueGlobalProud Day
August 13: Surprise Message

All activities will be virtual.

Commencement Schedule

August 13–14: Schedule Coming July 1

Checklist: Prepare for Graduation

  • Register

    Register for the Ceremony

    Visit the registration portal and register before Friday, June 18, 2021.

  • Order Cap and Gown

    Order Cap and Gown

    Required for in-person attendees only

    • Order regalia by Friday, June 25, 2021
    • Visit the Caps and Gowns page for ordering instructions
  • Attend In Person

    Plan to Attend in Person

    • Request tickets: 1 graduate ticket plus 3 guests per graduate (in-person attendees only)
    • Arrange travel to the graduation ceremony
    • Follow COVID-19 guidelines: Masks and social distancing will be required for all in-person attendees; attendees may be screened prior to entry
  • Attend Virtually

    Plan to Attend Virtually

    • Check back in July for the ceremony link
    • Share the link with family and friends—anyone with the link can view the ceremony
  • Invite Guests

    Invite Guests to Graduation

    Download and personalize your commencement invitation. Email or print it to invite your guests.

Showcase Opportunities

Optional for all attendees

View submission details and submit your entries by Friday, June 25, 2021.

Monday, August 9

Virtual Photo Booth Opens
Open August 9–August 14

  • Select from Photo, Boomerangs, or GIFs
  • Download or share to email, Facebook, or Twitter
  • Use #PurdueGlobalProud
Purdue Global Virtual Photo Booth
  • Photo Booth Example

Tuesday, August 10

Last Lecture and Virtual Toast
7:00–7:30 pm ET

The Last Lecture will be presented virtually by a Purdue Global professor nominated by the graduating class. A virtual toast to the class of 2021 will immediately follow the lecture.

Submit your nomination by June 25.

“What wisdom would you impart unto the world if you knew it would be your last chance?”

Wednesday, August 11

Graduation Shout Out Board

Post congratulatory photos, videos, and messages on the Graduation Shout Out Board.

Purdue Global Shout Out Board
  • Purdue Global Shout Out Board

Thursday, August 12

#PurdueGlobalProud Day

Participate in a celebratory social media activity. Check back closer to graduation for details.

Friday, August 13

Surprise Message

Registered graduates will receive a surprise message via email.

Purdue Global Congrat Grad Word Cloud Yard Sign
  • Congratulations Sign

Graduate Showcase Opportunities

Submission Deadline: June 25, 2021

Celebratory Photos and Videos

Showcase your achievement! Selected submissions will be shown during the ceremonies.

To learn more about these opportunities, view submission details.

National Anthem Contest

Do you want to sing the National Anthem at a graduation ceremony? Here's how:


*It is recommended that graduates and guests refrain from booking travel accommodations until after the ceremony registration opens.

Purdue University Global commencement will take place August 13–14, 2021. Specific ceremony dates and times will be determined for each registered graduate after the participation deadline. Commencement may be cancelled at any time based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) or local government guidelines regarding COVID-19. In the event of a schedule change or cancellation, Purdue Global is not responsible for reimbursing travel costs or other expenses associated with commencement. Registered ceremony participants and attendees assume all financial and health risks associated with attending commencement.

Purdue Global commencement attendees must abide by all COVID-19 guidelines as outlined by the university, venue, local government, and CDC. All attendees must wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and may be screened prior to entry in the building, including but not limited to temperature checks.

Participation in commencement is not a verification of graduation. Candidates receive their diploma approximately 8 weeks after completion of their final class and once all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University Officials.

The Purdue University Global Commencement and related events will be broadcast live online and all attendees, participants' names, hometowns, military branch (if applicable), videos, and photos will be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by authorized parties. The attendance of all participants and guests and the commencement registration of all participants, submission of photos/videos, participation in the graduation ceremony, and/or the participation in the virtual activities, including but not limited to hangout sessions, Graduation Shout Out Board, and virtual Photo Booth, serve as permission for use of these names, images, and posts by Purdue Global. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Purdue Global.