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Graduate Gateway

Caps-Off Celebration

Congratulations on your graduation from Purdue University, and welcome to the Boilermaker alumni family!

Check out this page for Graduate Gateway: Caps-Off Celebration details and for information from your college, Career Services, and community partners to help you with life after Purdue. You can also read more about commencement and deadline information.

Attend the Event

Celebrate graduation with the people who matter most! Each semester, the Purdue for Life Foundation invites graduates and guests to join us on Purdue’s flagship West Lafayette campus for our Graduate Gateway: Caps-Off Celebration.

Check back later for fall 2024 event details!

During this event, you and your guests can celebrate graduation and explore ways to stay involved with Purdue in the future. At the event, you can:

  • Enjoy a light lunch and special treats
  • Win door prizes and giveaways
  • Play games
  • Pick up your commemorative pint glass


Claim Your Pint Glass

Update your information below to claim your Purdue Alumni commemorative pint glass! You must update this info in order to receive your glass.

Update Your Info

Please give us your name and a non-Purdue email address so we can reach you in the future.

Since joining an alumni club or network is one of your best ways to stay connected to Purdue, we also ask that you complete a survey here or under Clubs and Networks below. Doing this will help us connect you with organizations that interest you.

Stay Engaged

There are many ways you can stay connected and get involved as a new graduate!

Purdue Ties

Create an account on Purdue Ties to begin networking with alumni across the country and around the globe. Purdue Ties is the premier networking and mentoring platform of the University.

Clubs and Networks

Did you fill out the survey above to connect with a club or network? If not, check out the clubs (U.S. or international) near where you’ll live after graduation and all the networks that might fit your interests. After researching all the opportunities available, you can complete the survey and we will help connect you with the organizations that interest you. You will then be contacted directly by members of those groups.


Want to give back to Purdue but don’t know how? Were you involved as a student and want to continue your involvement after graduation? Check out several volunteer opportunities available to alumni and sign up today! A representative from our office will be in touch with more information.


Many recent graduates solidify their lifelong link to the University by joining the Purdue Alumni Association and/or the John Purdue Club, which supports Purdue’s student-athletes. You can learn more and join by following the links below:

This year’s Graduate Gateway is sponsored by Balfour.

Buy your ring today

From Your Colleges and Schools

Click on your college/school to watch special messages, learn about additional resources for life after college, and access special offers for recent graduates.

Post-Graduate Finances

Purdue Federal Credit Union can be your financial institution even after you leave campus. Visit the Purdue Federal website for more information and some special offers.

special offers from Purdue Federal include a visa credit card with 5000 bonus points, an auto loan with 90 days until your first payment, and up to $100 emergency savings courtesy of purdue federal

Show Your Purdue Pride

Whether you need a gift for a recent Purdue graduate or just want to bring a little Boilermaker spirit into your own life, you’ll find something for every occasion below.

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.