Purdue Fort Wayne, Indiana Tech start classes in person for 2021 fall semester

Purdue Fort Wayne is requiring masks and will re-evaluate every two weeks. Indiana Tech is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, and if not, wear a mask indoors.

Posted: Aug 23, 2021 6:07 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2021 2:19 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) --Purdue University Fort Wayne's Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and the Student Experience  Krissy Creager looks forward to the first day of classes every fall.

“Seeing [students] happy, the hugs, or the fist bumps I guess now, are absolutely everything we look forward to when the semester begins,” Creager said.

The school kicked things off Monday with tie-dying, games and food.

It helps the new students feel welcome too.

Edwin Elkins is a first-year student looking forward to everything the school has to offer.

“I’m blessed because of the experience, the culture, and just seeing everyone walking around, I see a party over there. It’s just fun,” he said.

First-year Keanu Garcia can’t wait to start learning.

He’s majoring in international business.

“They don’t offer that exactly but there is kind of a build-your-own program here at Purdue, and this is why I picked this school itself,” Garcia said.

For first-year Kaitlyn Bishop, being on campus is a welcome change after her high school experience.

“I was online for a little bit, it definitely was not my thing, which is why I’m on campus,” Bishop said.

At Indiana Tech, students moved in late last week and have already been getting acclimated to campus.

“We have over 500 new students starting with us this fall,” Indiana Tech spokesperson Brian Engelhart said. “And super excited to be back at it. Everything’s new once again when you get students back on campus.”

He said he looks forward to this day every year too.

“It’s nice to see the hallways filled again, the classrooms filled again,” Engelhart said.

After the challenges of the last school year, Creager says she’s excited to move forward and have a great year.

“I just feel like last year had a huge cloud over us,” she said. “I really feel a new sense of new renewed energy right now, and just seeing them back on campus and having a great time is what I live for.”

Purdue Fort Wayne is requiring masks indoors and will re-evaluate every two weeks.

Indiana Tech is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, and if not to wear a mask indoors.

The school will also host a vaccination clinic this week for the campus community and the public.

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