Our Story



Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. With an artistic eye and entrepreneurial flair, Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters—including collaborations with an ever-widening circle of partners—fulfilling our mission by connecting them to our academic, local, and regional audiences through engaging educational opportunities.

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The mission of Purdue Convocations is to connect artists and audiences through entertaining and educational professional arts programs. The vision of Purdue Convocations is to be a leader and a partner in making the performing arts essential to everyone’s life.


Purdue University has a rich history of bringing concerts, lectures and performances to campus. In 1902 the “Lecture and Concert Course” was first offered, creating the earliest evidence of what is now Purdue Convocations. Over the years and decades the names and formats have changed, but one thing has remained constant: the desire to expand the Purdue experience beyond the classroom.


These stellar individuals are devoted arts advocates, stewards of Friends of Convocations financial resources, and advisors to Convos in all areas of work. Board members for this season are:

Friends Advisory Board 15-16

Beverly Shaw* – President
Dawn Walker* – Vice President
Cadi Bien*
Barrett S. Caldwell*
Nick Carpita
Kristen Edmundson*
Stephanie Farlow*
Alison Greene
Jon Harbor*
Abby Johnson
Jim Leslie*
Steve Lincoln*
Amy Long
Pam Luenz*
Stacey Mickelbart
Tom Parent
Paige Pope*
Jamie Reed
Jason Snapp*

* pictured at left