Purdue University Northwest (PNW) students graduating in May 2019 will be the first graduating class to receive a Purdue University Northwest diploma. Chancellor Thomas L. Keon made the announcement to students, faculty and staff on Friday.
“This is an exciting step forward for Purdue Northwest,” said 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 was increasingly valuable 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. Distinguishing between diplomas conferred at regional universities from a “main campus” counterpart is common among public university systems in many states, such as Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and California. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Ralph O. Mueller 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.”
Support also resonates among the Purdue Northwest Alumni Community, according to Ashley Gerodimos, executive director of PNW’s alumni community.
“The pride felt among current and former graduates of our institution runs deep,” said Gerodimos, herself a PNW alumna. “To fully distinguish Purdue Northwest on our diplomas going forward strengthens the bonds of those of us who have had the PNW experience.” Keon said former alumni will be given the opportunity after May 2019 to order a new PNW diploma. Details will be shared through the PNW Alumni Community.