Colleges ready for commencement

May 3, 2019

Two universities will kick off college commencement season in northeast Indiana with ceremonies Saturday.

Trine University’s graduation begins at 10 a.m. in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic Recreation Center on the Angola campus.

Former first daughter Barbara Pierce Bush, co-founder and board chair of Global Health Corps, will deliver the address.

“As a person who made a significant positive impact on the world at large while still in her 20s, Barbara Pierce Bush represents the hopes and ideals we hold for Trine University graduates,” said Earl D. Brooks II, university president, in a statement.

“Her experiences and insights, as both the daughter and granddaughter of United States presidents and from her humanitarian work after college, will be an inspiration to the Trine University Class of 2019 as they begin their own careers and lives,” he added.

In Fort Wayne that day, Memorial Coliseum will host the University of Saint Francis’ commencement at 2 p.m. Steel Dynamics Inc. co-founder Keith Busse will be the featured speaker.

The venue also will host three graduations next week.

Purdue University Fort Wayne will hold its first graduation ceremony under its new name at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The event will serve as a joint commencement exercise with Indiana University Fort Wayne, marking the 52nd annual combined commencement for both institutions.

Lorenzo Suter, CEO of Dupont Hospital, will deliver the commencement address.

Ivy Tech Community College’s commencement is 7 p.m. May 10.

Indiana Tech will follow a new format featuring two ceremonies on May 11. A 9:20 a.m. graduate commencement will be followed by the undergraduate exercise at 12:20 p.m.

The founders of northeast Indiana’s Advancing Voices of Women will be the featured speakers.

Commencement information for other area colleges is as follows: Grace College, 9 a.m. May 11, Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, Winona Lake; Huntington University, 2:30 p.m. May 18, Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Complex Fieldhouse, Huntington; and Manchester University, 2 p.m. May 18, Physical Education and Recreation Center, North Manchester, for undergraduate exercises. Graduate and professional commencement is at 10 a.m. May 18 in Cordier Auditorium.