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Graduate Gateway

Graduate Gateway is designed for students who are in their final year on campus. Through our events, we celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our students and connect them with resources they will use as alumni.

Boilermaker Bucket List

Memory-making activities every Boilermaker should experience before they graduate and an introduction to the many ways they can stay connected as a new alum.

Caps-Off Celebration

A collection of online resources paired with an in-person event that features a light lunch, door prizes and giveaways, and a chance to explore ways to stay involved with Purdue in the future. Held late each fall and spring semester.

Final Countdown

A weeklong celebration that features a variety of fun campus events like karaoke, games, outdoor activities, and photo opportunities at iconic campus landmarks. Held the week of finals each December and the week after finals each May.

Commencement Open House

Open the weekend of commencement at the Boilermaker Station Welcome Center, these free events offer students and families a chance to celebrate graduation by snapping a family photo, picking up alumni swag, and learning about ways to stay connected to Purdue.

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.