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Purdue University Northwest diploma approved by Purdue Trustees

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Purdue University Northwest’s will issue diplomas with its own name for the first time in May 2019. (Photo courtesy of Purdue Northwest)

HAMMOND — Purdue University Northwest students graduating in May 2019 will be the first graduating class to receive a Purdue University Northwest diploma.

“This is an exciting step forward for Purdue Northwest,” said Chancellor Thomas L. Keon. “Everything we do as a comprehensive university to ensure the success of our graduates—from high-quality teaching and scholarship, to a robust campus community, to a growing alumni network—is now further reflected in our diploma.”

Keon said as the Purdue system has evolved in recent years, with the establishment of Purdue University Northwest, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Purdue University Global, it became more important to “distinguish between the diplomas among these various institutions more prominently.” While all remain legal entities of the Trustees of Purdue University, the board approved the diploma change for each school.

Distinguishing between diplomas conferred at regional universities from a main campus counterpart is common among public university systems in many states, including Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and California.

Ralph O. Mueller, vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, said offering students a Purdue University Northwest diploma is further evidence of PNW’s strong academic reputation.

“Employers already look for the expertise of PNW students and graduates,” said Mueller. “A clearly defined Purdue University Northwest diploma enhances the proud tradition of earning a degree from PNW’s many quality, and nationally recognized, academic programs.”

Keon said alumni will be able to order a new PNW diploma after May 2019. Details will be shared through the PNW Alumni Community.


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