INDIANAPOLIS — Some 1,630 Purdue University Global graduates participated in in-person and virtual launch ceremonies Saturday, May 21 at the Murat Theater at the Old National Center.

IIn his address to the Class of 2022, speaker Derrick Howell-McQueen emphasized that the beginning means a beginning rather than an end.

“If you look within and perceive today as the day you graduated, that prospect would imply that this is the end of the road for you,” said Howell-McQueen, born-and-bred financial coach and licensed minister. in Indianapolis, who graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from Purdue University Global in 2021. when I achieved something great; yes, this is an opportunity for me to celebrate with my loved ones, with my family and all those who have gone through this obstacle course with me, but I cannot afford to be stuck in this moment.

Derrick Howell-McQueen, an Indianapolis native who earned his MBA from Purdue University Global in 2021, delivered the keynote address at the Purdue University Global Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, May 21 in his hometown. (Photo Purdue University/John Underwood) Download image

“It is our vision that fuels us so that we can continue to travel and move forward with our lives. This is very important to realize and to understand conceptually because everything that is no longer advancing, everything that is no longer advancing, is finally in the process of no longer existing.

“I charge you never to stop imagining. Never stop growing. …I charge you to celebrate today’s accomplishment while simultaneously writing a new vision for tomorrow. Use today as future proof that you can persevere through anything.

Saturday marked the 13th launch for Purdue University Global since its inception in 2018 and the third in Indianapolis.

Two in-person and one virtual ceremonies took place during the day. Degrees have been awarded by the schools of aviation, commerce and information technology, Education, General Education, Health Sciences, Nursing, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Concord Law School. There was 738 bachelor’s degrees, 579 masters degrees, 177 associate degrees, 83 certificates and 16 postgraduate certificates, and 37 doctorates (23 Doctor of Nursing Practice, 12 Executive Juris Doctor and two Juris Doctor).

Purdue University Global has awarded its first two Bachelor of Science degrees in professional flight — to Rafael Madrid of Orlando, Fla., and Aydin Yaman of Chicago, a graduate summa cum laude — a program launched in 2019.

Frank Dooley
Chancellor Frank Dooley congratulated Purdue University Global graduates from all 50 states and around the world Saturday, May 21, in Indianapolis. (Photo Purdue University/John Underwood) Download image

Graduates reside in all 50 states – including 281 residents of Indiana and 46 of Indianapolis – plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Forty-three employees from Purdue West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Northwest and Purdue University Global are among those who have earned a Purdue University Global degree or certificate through the Purdue University Global educational benefit, bringing the total to more than 500 since the inception of the program.

Chancellor Frank Dooley addressed the graduates – 885 of them in person and 745 virtually.

“Whether you are here in Indianapolis or participating virtually, we are grateful to provide a ceremony that brings us all together, wherever we are in the world, Dooley said. “I love that we can stay close through this institution as we recognize your accomplishments today.”

Dooley noted that more than 9,000 Purdue University Global students are affiliated with the military, including nearly 5,100 active duty, National Guard and Reserve members serving around the world. Nearly 50% are the first members of their family to attend university and about 60% are caring for a child or other dependant.

“What you all have done is so remarkable,” Dooley said. “You have completed your studies while dealing with whatever life throws at you, including a pandemic. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get where you are today, and you should be proud.

Two Purdue University Global graduates performed the national anthem ahead of their respective in-person ceremonies: Colleen Sheesefrom Downs, Illinois, a U.S. Army veteran who earned a Master of Science in Nursing, and Leighton Johnson, of Collierville, Tennessee, a U.S. Navy veteran who earned a master’s degree in health care administration. Johnson previously earned a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Purdue University Global in 2020 and sang the national anthem at the December 2020 virtual ceremony.

In the days leading up to the start, Purdue University Global hosted various virtual celebration events, including a photo booth, toast, graduation board and social media activities.

More than 10,000 Purdue University Global students graduated last year.

Purdue University’s next global launch is scheduled for August 13 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

About Purdue Global University

Purdue University Global offers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and career skills with the support and flexibility you need. they need to achieve their career goals. It offers students personalized paths to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, prior college credits, and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue University Global is a public, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with the flagship institution of Purdue University, a top-tier public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and northwest Indiana, as well as science, engineering, and technology students at the Indiana University campus at the University Purdue of Indianapolis (IUPUI). For more information, visit

Writer/media contact: Tom Schott, [email protected]

Sources: Frank Dooley

beth smith

Derrick Howell McQueen