Winter Graduation Ceremony

December 4, 2021

Winter Commencement
Elliott Hall of Music
Purdue University
712 3rd Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Registration is now closed. Please contact with any questions.

Check out Showcase Opportunities.

Eligible graduates must have completed online registration by October 8, 2021, to participate.*

Purdue University campus

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

November 29: Virtual Photo Booth
November 30: Last Lecture & Virtual Toast
December 1: Virtual Bingo
December 2: Shout Out Board
December 3: Black and Gold Celebration (5–7 pm ET)
December 3: Surprise Message (check your inbox)

Commencement Highlights

Commencement Schedule

December 4, 2021

10:00 am ET Commencement (in-person graduates): Concord Law School, Nursing, Social and Behavioral Sciences, General Education
2:00 pm ET Commencement (in-person graduates): Business and Information Technology, Health Sciences 
6:00 pm ET Commencement: Virtual graduates from all schools

Checklist: Prepare for GraduationChecklist: Prepare for Graduation

  • Register

    Register for the Ceremony

    Registration is now closed.

    Please contact with any questions.

  • Order Cap and Gown

    Order Cap and Gown

    Required for in-person attendees only

    • Order regalia 6 weeks before the ceremony
    • Visit the Caps and Gowns page for ordering instructions
  • Attend in Person

    Plan to Attend in Person

    • 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

    • Visit the Commencement Showroom for ceremony details and online viewing information.
    • 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, October 15, 2021.

Graduation Week Activities

Monday, November 29

Virtual Photo Booth

Open November 29–December 4

  • 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, November 30

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 October 15.

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

Wednesday, December 1

Virtual Bingo

Join us for a few games of virtual bingo using the supplies provided in your ceremony kit.

Thursday, December 2

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

Friday, December 3

Black and Gold Celebration

Hours: Open from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm ET
Location: Purdue Memorial Union, 101 North Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Surprise Message (Check Your Inbox)

Registered graduates will receive a surprise message via email.

Purdue Global Congrat Grad Word Cloud Yard Sign

Graduate Showcase Opportunities

Celebratory Photos and Videos

Showcase your achievement! Select photos and videos will be showcased during the ceremonies. View submission details.

National Anthem Contest

Audition to sing the National Anthem at graduation. View submission guidelines and official contest rules.


Commencement: Commencement times will be determined after the participation deadline. In-person commencement may be canceled at any time based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) or local government guidelines regarding COVID-19. If the in-person commencement is canceled, to ensure the safety and health of attendees, the commencement will be virtual, and all registered graduates will be notified. In the event of a schedule change or cancellation, Purdue Global is not responsible for reimbursing travel costs or other expenses associated with commencement. 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 including wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, and possible screening prior to entry in the building, including but not limited to temperature checks.

Commencement Participation: 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 could be broadcast live online and all attendees, participants’ names, degrees, honors, hometowns, military branch (if applicable), videos, and photos could be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by authorized parties. The registration of all participants, submission of photos/videos, attendance or participation in the graduation ceremony, the Black and Gold Celebration and/or virtual activities, including but not limited to Graduation Shout Out Board, and virtual photo booth, serve as permission for use of these names, student directory information, images, and posts by Purdue Global. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Purdue Global.