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Purdue University Northwest hosts commencement May 4

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Purdue University Northwest will honor 834 candidates at its spring commencement ceremony.

Candidates for graduation are students who completed plans of study in spring 2024. The candidates include 685 earning baccalaureate degrees and 149 earning master’s degrees.

The students completed plans of study in the university’s colleges of Business; Engineering and Sciences; Humanities, Education and Social Sciences; Nursing; and Technology. Honors graduates will also be recognized.

PNW’s commencement ceremony will start at noon May 4. It will take place outdoors on the Hammond campus in the area south of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building. In the event of severe weather, the back-up date is May 5.

The keynote speaker will be Regina Biddings-Muro, vice president for university advancement at California Lutheran University. Biddings-Muro leads Cal Lutheran’s efforts to secure philanthropic and community support and serves as CEO of the California Lutheran Education Foundation. She previously served as vice chancellor of institutional advancement and as chief of staff at PNW.

A Northwest Indiana native, Biddings-Muro earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in communications from PNW. She earned her doctoral degree in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University in Illinois.

Biddings-Muro has a passion for organizations that focus on racial and social justice. She co-founded the Central Coast Black Leaders Roundtable and a grant-funded university program – the Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship. She has been involved with Sojourner Truth House, Edgewater Health and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

In-person attendance at spring commencement will be limited to ticketed attendees. The ceremony will be live-streamed here.

Purdue University Northwest has campuses in Hammond and Westville. The university serves 8,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Students from 30 states and 50 countries currently attend PNW.


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