Two PNW campuses, two graduation locations

Two PNW campuses, two graduation locations

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PNW PRIDE started this petition to Chancellor Thomas Keon

In 2016, two campuses 45 minutes apart became one university, Purdue University Northwest (PNW). Since then, the administration has consistently held at least one commencement ceremony per-campus per-semester in order to appropriately accommodate all students. This year, less than 5 months before the spring 2020 commencement, the administration announced a change: spring commencement ceremonies will be held in Hammond, IN and fall commencement ceremonies will be held in Westville, IN. While this change may be positive for the hard-working staff that put together the ceremonies, this is a gross injustice to the students. Students that have spent their entire academic career on one campus, perhaps commuting over an hour to get there, now have to travel significantly farther, to a campus they have never visited, if they wish to walk for commencement. 

The ramifications of this change are far-reaching. The PNW Academic Calendar, as posted under the Office of the Registrar currently (1/14/2020 @ 9:06 am) states that spring 2020 ceremonies will be in Hammond on Friday, May 8th, Saturday, May 9th, and Westville on Monday, May 11th. This has been on the website for several months, and students have planned accordingly. Families have flights booked, parties planned, and vacation days scheduled. The failure of the administration to give adequate notice for this change is inconsiderate and inappropriate. The failure of the administration to widely seek student, staff, and faculty input before making the change makes it clear that we are not a priority to the administration of Chancellor Thomas Keon. 

Commencement is an important day to students that have spent thousands of dollars and countless hours in pursuit of a degree. A degree that comes from a school we will be proud to be alumni of: Purdue University Northwest. We, the students, want to take photos in front of landscapes that have come to feel like home, with friends, family, and faculty that supported and guided us along the way. Please, do not rob us of this opportunity by only offering a ceremony on one campus per semester. We are asking the administration to hear our voice and reconsider holding at least one ceremony per-campus.

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