FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Purdue University Fort Wayne announced Wednesday those graduating this year will have a commencement ceremony after all.
University officials said the commencement will be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on June 18.
The in-person ceremony will include both Purdue Fort Wayne and Indiana University Fort Wayne students from the graduating Class of 2021, as well as those who graduated in 2020 but missed out on a formal commencement ceremony as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
The event will also be livestreamed.
PFW leaders say by moving the date to June 18, a month later than Purdue Fort Wayne’s previous commencements, many more members of its campus community will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Another contributing factor school leaders highlighted in their decision change is the "relatively low incidence of positive cases and quarantines the university has experienced during the spring 2021 semester."
Purdue Fort Wayne initially announced in early March that an in-person commencement ceremony would not take place this year.
The university says that masks will be required in the Memorial Coliseum except for the moment graduates walk across the stage and are photographed.
Due to social distancing protocols, tickets will likely be required with limits of two to four per participating graduate and there will be no after-party following the event.
Additionally, depending on anticipated numbers, two ceremonies may need to be scheduled for June 18 to accommodate graduates and their guests.
Officials say many details are still being confirmed, and the university will communicate additional information during the coming weeks.
Information will also be available on Purdue Fort Wayne’s commencement website.