Summer commencement ceremonies to celebrate students’ next giant leaps

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University will celebrate almost 1,700 students’ academic accomplishments during two summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Hundreds of students will celebrate commencement at Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music on Aug. 6, 2022. (Purdue University photo/Rebecca McElhoe)

Eligible to participate in the ceremonies are 1,699 students – 510 undergraduate, 756 master’s, 407 Ph.D., and 26 professional program candidates. Two posthumous degrees will be conferred: a Master of Science to Elif Ilkel from the Brian Lamb School of Communication, and a Bachelor of Science to John Zachary Linzey from Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

The ceremonies will take place as follows:

  • Division I – 9:30 a.m., Aug. 6. Undergraduate, master’s, and professional program candidates across all schools and colleges.
  • Division II — 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Ph.D. candidates across all schools and colleges.

Purdue alumnus Paul K. Kearns will be the keynote speaker at the morning ceremony. Clint Chapple, a distinguished professor in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Biochemistry, will be the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony.

Paul K. Kearns 

Kearns serves as the director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. He manages a growing multidisciplinary science and engineering research center with a $1.2 billion diversified research portfolio and more than 3,300 employees, 8,000 facility users, and 800 visiting researchers. Kearns served as Argonne’s chief operations officer from 2010-17. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on the DOE National Laboratory Directors’ Council and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness’ National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers. He has a doctorate and master’s degree in bionucleonics and a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental sciences, all from Purdue.

Chapple received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in botany and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Guelph. Following his postdoctoral research at Michigan State University in the DOE Plant Research Lab, he joined Purdue. He served as biochemistry department head from 2008-15. From 2015-20, he served as director of the Purdue Center for Plant Biology. He has received numerous awards, including being named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Association of Plant Biologists, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

William Raymer will give the student response at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Raymer is receiving his Master of Science in industrial engineering. Raymer grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo before moving to Utah at the age of 16. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics (composite) from Utah State University and was a member of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was selected to become an officer in the U.S. Space Force. Raymer will continue as a Ph.D. student at Purdue in the fall and, upon graduation, will serve as a space operations officer with the U.S. Space Force.

Tickets are required for admission to Elliott Hall of Music. Doors open 90 minutes before each ceremony. All attendees with bags must have their bags checked at the door for entry. Additional information is available on the Summer 2022 Commencement page.

The commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed.