Purdue’s early August ceremonies to celebrate students, families and traditions


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Elliott Hall of Music will come back to life as students cross the stage for ceremonies in early August 2021.

After no in-person debut ceremonies in 2020 and two in-person debut ceremonies in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue University will host two in-person ceremonies on August 7 at Elliott Hall of Music.

Are eligible to participate in the ceremonies 1,409 candidates, including 474 undergraduates, 529 masters, 393 doctorates. and 13 students of the professional program. The ceremonies will also be attended by 106 alumni who were unable to attend previous launch ceremonies – 48 undergraduates, 29 masters, 28 doctorates. and an alumnus of the professional program.

The first start will start at 9:30 am and will include all applicants for the undergraduate, masters and professional degrees. The second start will start at 1:30 p.m. and will include all doctoral students. candidates.

Jocelyn Wong, alumnus of Purdue and head of clientele at Gopuff. (Photo provided) Download image

Former Purdue student Jocelyn Wong will be the keynote speaker at the morning ceremony. Richard Kuhn, Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Science and Director of the Krenicki Family at the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease, will be the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony.

Wong is Chief Customer Officer for Gopuff, a early stage startup that delivers consumer goods in less than 30 minutes to more than 650 U.S. cities. Prior to Gopuff, she was Marketing Director at Lowe’s. During her 24-year career, she held numerous leadership roles at Safeway, Family Dollar and Procter & Gamble, where she began her career as a process engineer before moving to brand management.

Richard Kuhn, Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Science and Director of the Krenicki Family of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease. (Photo by Purdue University) Download Image

Kuhn received his BSc and PhD. from SUNY to Stony Brook. After obtaining his doctorate. in 1986, he joined the laboratory of James Strauss at the California Institute of Technology, where he studied alphaviruses. Kuhn was recruited by Purdue at the Markey Center for Structural Biology in 1991. His research has focused on the replication and assembly of alphaviruses, picornaviruses, and flaviviruses. Along with his colleagues in structural biology, Kuhn has participated in many fundamental studies examining the structure and assembly of viruses, including dengue and Zika viruses. He was Head of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2005 to 2016 and Director of the Bindley Biosciences Center from 2007 to 2015.

Tanmay Das from Dwarka, New Delhi, India, will give the student’s response at the 9:30 am ceremony. Das receives his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has held numerous internship positions with Rheem Air Conditioning in Fort Smith, Arkansas; General Electric Aviation in Bangalore, India; Oerlikon Graziano drive systems in Uttar Pradesh, India; and Bahrain Fiber Glass International in Mina Salman, Bahrain. He was a peer mentor for the Bechtel Innovation Design Center and both drivetrain and suspension manager for the Purdue Baja Racing team. Das has received the John M. Starkey Prize in Mechanical Engineering, the Bottomley Fellowship and, twice, the Gordon Hall Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering. He will continue his studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan as a master’s student.

Tickets are required for admission to Elliott Hall of Music. Doors open 90 minutes before each ceremony. All participants with bags will need to register their bags at the door to enter the music room. According to Protect Purdue guidelines, people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to wear a mask inside Elliott Hall; however, masks are mandatory for those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. Additional information is available on the Start of summer 2021 page.

Kick-off exercises will be broadcast live.

About Purdue University

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