About Purdue Convocations

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.


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.

Friends of Convocations

Friends Advisory Board

These stellar individuals are devoted arts advocates, stewards of Friends of Convocations financial resources, and advisors to Convos in all areas of work. The 2022-23 board includes Vince Sitterding (President), Lorraine Kisselburgh (Vice President) Bruce Craig, Johanna Downey, Natasha Duncan, Tamara Groll, Sherri Guido, Marti Gutwein, Abrar Hammoud, Patrick Harper, Jessica Huber, Tammy Loew, Sijia Lu, Mike Moya, Dawn Ogas, Christopher Peck, Alexcia Plummer, Sandra Sydnor, Scott Trzaskus, Jason Ware, and Jon Wright.