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Purdue University Fort Wayne bestows diplomas at traditional commencement ceremony

Hundreds of diplomas were awarded at the Purdue Fort Wayne Spring 2022 Commencement.
Hundreds of diplomas were awarded at the Purdue Fort Wayne Spring 2022 Commencement.(WPTA)
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 5:21 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - After dealing with COVID-19 disruptions over the past two years, commencement at Purdue University Fort Wayne took on a more familiar look on Wednesday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Graduating students were joined by faculty, staff, family and alumni for the afternoon event, which was expected to run about 90 minutes and was followed by a planned after-party for participants. It was the first time PFW staged a solo commencement. In the past, the event included students received degrees from Indiana University.

That follows the separation of what had been a joined educational operation.

Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan delivered the commencement address to about 1,200 graduates, the youngest just 19 years old and the oldest 71 years old, according to the university.

And in a period that has been marked by supply chain issues, school officials noted that some graduates might find themselves missing at least part of the traditional attire.

“If you are missing regalia but have a black cap and gown from your high school graduation, feel free to wear those,” PFW said on the commencement page of its website. “Or you may simply wear black clothes. We want everyone to feel welcome and included.

“This is not an ideal scenario, but it still will give our graduates the opportunity to enjoy the experience.”

Purdue Fort Wayne Chancellor Ronald Elsenbaumer addresses graduating students at the Spring...
Purdue Fort Wayne Chancellor Ronald Elsenbaumer addresses graduating students at the Spring 2022 commencement.(WPTA)

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