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Purdue University Global Confers Degrees for 250 Graduates


Event marks first graduation ceremony in Indiana since Purdue

Purdue University Global, one of the largest personalized online
systems in public higher education, welcomed 250 graduates on
August 11 to the Indiana Convention Center, recognizing them for their
academic achievements during the university's first graduation ceremony
in Indiana since it was acquired by Purdue University.

Purdue Global became Indiana's newest public institution of higher
education earlier this year, when Purdue University officially acquired
Kaplan University, expanding Purdue's land-grant mission by providing
access to higher education for tens of millions of working adults.

Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, chancellor of Purdue University Global, conferred
the degrees to graduates who travelled from as far away as Bermuda and
Germany to attend the ceremony.

"Graduating from university is one of the most important milestones of
your life," she told graduates. "It wasn't easy. Long nights studying.
So many sacrifices trying to juggle many competing
responsibilities—family, work, life—to make ends meet and schedules
work. Today, you're crossing one finish line and setting your sights on
starting the next stage of your life's journey."

Kent Kramer, president and chief executive officer of Goodwill of
Central and Southern Indiana, delivered the commencement address,
calling on graduates to do three things as they move forward: keep
learning, always encourage others and take the time to celebrate.

"Never underestimate the importance of learning," he urged graduates.
"You have reached this milestone in learning, but don't let that spark
of curiosity burn out. You have an incredible foundation. Keep learning.
Read, listen, engage, try new things, expand and grow your opportunities
to gain knowledge."

Dignitaries attending the ceremony included Dr. Kathy Parkison, a member
of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and chair of the
commission's Student Success and Completion Committee, and Dr. Natalie
Carroll, chair of the Purdue University Senate and professor in the
departments of Agriculture Science Education and Communication, and
Agriculture and Biological Engineering.

Graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctoral degrees, were
awarded from the schools of Business and Information Technology,
Education, Health Sciences, Nursing, Open College, the College of Social
and Behavioral Sciences and Concord Law School.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global is the extreme personalization online
university. It offers a hyper-tailored path for each student to earn an
associate, bachelor, master or doctoral degree, based on their work
experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and
other considerations no matter where they are in their life journey.

Purdue Global serves more than 30,000 students, most of whom earn their
degree online. It also operates 14 locations in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska,
Maryland, Maine, Missouri and Wisconsin. Purdue Global is accredited by
The Higher Learning Commission, and operates as a non-profit, public
benefit university, affiliated with Purdue University, a top public
research institution. Purdue's flagship campus is in West Lafayette,
Ind. It also operates two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest,
Ind., as well as serving close to 6,000 science, engineering and
technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPU)
Indianapolis campus.

Purdue Global is the first world-class online university to offer an
extremely personalized approach to earning a prestigious degree,
providing students the competitive edge to advance in their chosen

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