Commencement for December 2013, May and August 2014, graduates is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  The Purdue University Commencement will be held in the Columbus Learning Center, beginning at 6:00 pm with a reception immediately following the ceremony.   Dr. Joseph Fuehne, Director for Columbus will preside over the ceremony.    

Celebrate your accomplishments with your fellow alumni at GRAD FEST!  As a graduate of Purdue University, you have toiled long and hard to attain your Purdue degree, so now it’s time to kick back, unwind and join the local Purdue Alumni Advisory Council (PAAC) for an evening of fun, food, prizes, and friendship.  GRAD FEST, sponsored by the PAAC, will be on May 9, 2014, 5:30-7pm in the Columbus Learning Center Summerville Room LC 1400. There is no cost to attend GRAD FEST. You will pick up your academic attire and guest tickets at GRAD FEST.

All candidates participating in the ceremony must be dressed in the appropriate academic attire.  Caps and gowns must be purchased by the graduate; order forms will be available mid-February. You will pick up your academic attire and guest tickets at GRAD FEST.  

Graduation announcements are optional – you are not required to purchase announcements.  However, for anyone interested, Purdue University College of Technology personalized graduation announcements are available from Balfour.  Visit the Balfour website to view a sample announcement and place your order search for Purdue College of Technology Columbus.


Graduation candidates need to complete the Purdue University Graduate Exit Interview.  This is an online survey which can be completed in a few minutes.  Candidates will be provided with a link to the survey a few weeks prior to commencement.


Students graduating with Distinction and Highest Distinction will be recognized during the ceremony. 

May 2013, Summer 2013, & Fall 2013 Grads Academic Honors GPA
Distinction 3.68
Highest Distinction 3.94



Preliminary for May 2014 Candidates not yet available.

Spring 2014 Grads Academic Honors GPA

Distinction  TBA
Highest Distinction TBA



University honor cords will be distributed on graduation day to degree candidates who are candidates for graduation "with Distinction" or "with Highest Distinction".

Your graduation day is an important milestone to celebrate with your family and friends.   Seating will be limited; however, as the seating capacity in the lecture hall is 200.  Although we would appreciate all students participating in commencement, it is not mandatory.  Therefore, once we know how many graduates plan to participate we will be able to let you know how many guest tickets you may have. Each guest must have a ticket to enter the Lecture Hall. Small children sitting on someone's lap do not need a ticket for entry.

Please contact a Purdue Student Services Coordinator with any questions you might have regarding the commencement ceremony.  Anji McKinney can be reached by phone at 812-348.2041 or by email at


Candidates who required special assistance to participate in their commencement exercise should contact Student Services Coordinator, Anji McKinney at 812-348-2041 or as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements.

Candidates with physically restricted guests who require special seating should also contact Student Services Coordinator, Anji McKinney at 812-348-2041 or to make appropriate arrangements at least two weeks prior to the commencement ceremony.


A group photo will be taken with the College of Technology Deans, faculty, and graduates.  You will receive instructions about the group photo when you check in. 


A reception honoring the Class of 2014 and their guests will be held in the Learning Center Student Commons immediately following the ceremony. 

The purpose of PAAC is to create awareness of and support for Purdue College of Technology Columbus through event planning/management, scholarship support/fundraising, and community activities.  Please stop by the PAAC table after the ceremony to meet several PCOT alumni, learn more about PAAC, and pick up your gift.