More than 1,200 Purdue Global graduates attend launch ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jacque Yates has long had a passion for public service. Her background sparked an interest in pursuing graduate studies and she earned her Masters in Public Health from Global Purdue in 2021.

On Saturday, August 13, Yates delivered the commencement address to 1,212 Purdue Global graduates who participated in in-person and virtual commencement ceremonies at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

A native of Gary, Indiana, now serving Dallas residents as a program analyst for the CDC Foundation, Yates told graduates to focus on the present.

A new graduate celebrates her Purdue Global graduation at commencement ceremonies Saturday August 13 in Washington, DC (Purdue Global photo/Hannah Graber) Download Image

“I want you to focus on the dreams and ideas that have fueled you along this journey,” said Yates, whose husband James is also a Purdue Global alumnus. “Focus on that feeling you had when you successfully completed your first mission. Focus on the confidence that came over you when you were told about your application for graduation. Take all of this and I want you to carry it with you to every job interview, make sure it’s there at every presentation, make it your plus-one official at every networking event.

“Because it’s what’s going to hold you up as a Purdue Global graduate. It’ll help you find the opportunity in every obstacle. The train of life will only take you as far as the tracks that you laid out in front of him. A degree from Purdue Global provided me with a foundation of skills that I have found transferable from one discipline to another.

Two in-person and one virtual ceremonies took place during the day. Degrees have been awarded by business schools and information technologyeducation, general education, health sciences, nursing, social and behavioral sciences, and Concord School of Law. There was 563 bachelor’s degrees, 405 masters degrees, 135 associate degrees, 90 certificates and 19 doctorates (11 Doctor of Nursing Practice, six Juris Doctors and two Executive Juris Doctors).

Graduates reside in all 50 states – including 69 Indiana residents – plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, as well as Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Guam, India, Japan, Thailand and in the UK.. A total of 234 graduates are affiliated with the military. Six employees of Purdue West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue North West and Purdue Global are among those who have earned a Purdue Global degree or certificate through the Purdue Global Education Advantage.

Chancellor Frank Dooley
Chancellor Frank Dooley speaks to new Purdue Global graduates at launch ceremonies on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Dooley spoke to approximately 630 Purdue Global graduates who took part in in-person ceremonies and approximately 580 who attended virtually. (Purdue Global photo/Hanna Graber) Download Image

Chancellor Frank Dooley addressed to graduates – 632 of them in person and 580 virtually.

Dooley noted that more than 9,000 Purdue 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.

Laquinta Pollardof Austin, Texas, received a Purdue Global degree for her Master of Science in Human Services and also performed the national anthem.

Saturday marked Purdue Global’s 14th launch since its inception in 2018 and the third in the nation’s capital.

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

More than 11,000 Purdue Global students have graduated in the past year.

Purdue Global’s next launch is scheduled for October 22 at the Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue West Lafayette campus.

About Purdue Global

Purdue Global offers personalized online training tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience outside of the classroom, allowing them to develop essential academic and career skills with the support and flexibility they need. 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 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]

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