FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - An in-person commencement ceremony has been planned for Purdue Fort Wayne and Indiana University Fort Wayne Students on June 18.
University officials have developed a plan to return the 2021 commencement ceremony to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
This ceremony will not only include the graduating class of 2021, but those who graduated in 2020 and did not have a formal commencement.
“The rapid expansion and success of the state’s vaccination program over the past few weeks, combined with the enthusiasm of our Student Government Association to revisit the possibility of moving our commencement ceremony back to Memorial Coliseum, allowed us to pursue options that simply didn’t seem possible or even prudent at the beginning of March. We are pleased to be in a position to again offer our graduating students many of the special moments and memories of a more traditional, in-person experience.”Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, chancellor, Purdue Fort Wayne
By moving the date to June 18—a month later then Purdue Fort Wayne’s previous commencements—many more members of its campus community will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated, according to university officials.
Another contributing factor is the relatively low incidence of positive cases and quarantines the university has experienced during the spring 2021 semester.
During the 2021 commencement, university officials have required the following:
- Masks will be required in Memorial Coliseum except for the moment graduates walk across the stage and are photographed.
- Tickets will likely be required with limits of two to four per participating graduate and there will be no after-party following the event (there will be a livestream option).
- Depending on anticipated numbers, two ceremonies may need to be scheduled for June 18 to accommodate graduates and their guests.
At this time, university officials are still ironing out solidified plans for the upcoming commencement.
Click here to visit the commencement website.