Purdue Grandparents University Program Overview

June 27-28, 2019

Learn together. Laugh together. Leave a legacy.

Purdue Conferences and the Purdue Alumni Association invite you and your grandchildren — ages 7–14 — to Grandparents University® (GPU).

To make sure you enjoy your time, we recommend no more than two children per adult. You don’t have to be a Purdue alumna/us to participate, though we do ask that at least one person in the family be a graduate of Purdue University.

(Grandparents University is a registered trademark of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association.)


Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus is pleased to welcome you and your grandchildren to GPU!

West Lafayette is easy to reach. We’re situated on I-65 between Chicago (two hours) and Indianapolis (one hour).

Stewart Center will be your starting point for program check-in. A bus will pick you up at Stewart Center for field trips and program destinations that are not within easy walking distance.


McCutcheon Parking Garage is the nearest parking garage to the Third Street Residence Hall.

Grant Street Parking Garage is the nearest parking garage to Stewart Center.

Guests may park in spaces designated as resident hall permit parking as indicated below.

Parking is not permitted at locations with the following signs:

  • Contractor Parking Only
  • Reserved Parking "S", Enforced 24 hours
  • Parking for Purchasers of “A Permits” / “A B Permits” Only — 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Program Overview

Thursday, June 27

8:00–9:00 a.m. Program check-in (Stewart Center)
9:00–10:30 a.m. Opening session in Stewart Center (Loeb Playhouse)
10:30–12:00 p.m. Field trips — campus walking and bus tours
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch in dining court
1:00–1:30 p.m. Transportation to majors/in your major (if needed)
1:30–3:30 p.m. Class time
3:30–3:45 p.m. Break
3:45–5:00 p.m. Class time
5:00–5:30 p.m. Transportation to evening activities (if needed)
5:30–7:00 p.m. Dinner in dining court
6:30–8:30 p.m. Evening activities

Evening Activities

Grandparents and grandchildren will have the option to participate in a number of different activities after dinner such as:

Free Time: This time is yours to explore and reacquaint yourself with campus! Visit Wilmeth Active Learning Center, stroll through the Purdue Mall Fountain, or visit the John Purdue Statue and the Hello Walk.

Arts and Crafts (and Root Beer Floats!): Visit Dauch Alumni Center for fun Purdue-themed creative activities geared for kids. Plus, get your photo taken in the Boilermaker Station replica, explore the Purdue exhibits, and enjoy a delicious Triple XXX root beer float.

Games: Share the fun of playing a board game with your grandchild. Bring your favorite board game or choose one of several games that will be available.

Movie: Enjoy snacks while sitting back and watching a family-friendly movie.

Open Gym: Play basketball, dodgeball, or volleyball at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center.

Swimming: Bring your swim gear and spend the evening cooling off in the pool at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center. The pool has lap lanes, vortex, and two water basketball goals.

Friday, June 28

7:00–8:30 a.m. Breakfast — dining court
8:30–9:00 a.m. Transportation to majors (if needed)
9:00–12:00 p.m. Class time
10:15–10:30 a.m. Break (snacks provided)
10:30–11:45 a.m. Class time
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch in dining court
1:15–2:30 p.m. Graduation ceremony
2:30 p.m. Open house (outside Loeb Playhouse)

Graduation and Open House

On Friday afternoon, we’ll celebrate the culmination of your time on campus at the Grandparents University® graduation ceremony.

Participants will receive a graduation certificate after completing their assignments in the selected major. An open house for grandparents, grandchildren, family, and friends will take place immediately following the graduation.


Members of the Purdue Alumni Association receive discounted admission to alumni events. The primary grandparent registering at the nonmember rate will become a PLUS level member in the Purdue Alumni Association.

One Adult and Child Pair............... $240 (Purdue Alumni member rate)
One Adult and Child Pair............... $300 (Nonmember rate)
Additional Adult................................... $140
Additional Child.................................... $80

The program fee includes:

  • Meals
  • Instructional materials
  • Campus transportation
  • Tours
  • Entertainment
  • Grandparents University® T-shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Program memorabilia

Cancellation Policy

You must cancel your registration by Thursday, June 1, 2019, to receive a refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund.

Special arrangements will be considered in the event of a family emergency.


On Campus

Third Street Suites - Guests of this residence hall live in four-person suite and semi-suite rooms. Each unit (accessed by a single entry door) provides guests with two bedrooms (sleeps two each), a shared bathroom, and dual sinks. Windows in the building stretch from floor to ceiling providing residents with an abundance of natural light. Room rates are $142.88 (includes tax).

Please keep in mind there are no additional amenities — televisions, telephones, etc. — in the room. However, complementary Wi-Fi is available in every room and all bed and bath linens are provided.

Off Campus

Hampton Inn - Located at 3941 South Street, Lafayette, this nonsmoking provides a free breakfast and free high-speed internet access. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel at 765-447-1600 and ask for the discounted Grandparent University at Purdue room rate. Room rates are $117 + tax.

Residence Inn – Residence Inn features an indoor pool, fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, and spacious rooms that include a kitchen area with full-size refrigerators and stovetops.

  • King suites w/ pull-out sofa sleeper (sleeps four) – Rate: $119
  • Two queen bed suites w/ pull-out sofa sleeper (sleeps six) – Rate : $129

Home2 Suites - Every room in this pet-friendly hotel is customizable to your needs. Moveable furniture, a full kitchen, sofa bed, free Wi-Fi, and an HDTV with premium channels. Take advantage of the fitness center, indoor saline pool, 24-hour business center, and complimentary hot breakfast.
  • King suites w/ pull-out sofa sleeper (sleeps four) – Rate: $119
  • Two queen bed suites w/ pull-out sofa sleeper (sleeps six) – Rate: $129


Purdue University and the GPU team are committed to ensuring that all attendees are able to participate in GPU activities. If you need any assistance, please contact Pamela Stokes at pawstokes@purdue.edu or 765-494-9482.


No illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages are allowed during the GPU program. Staff members reserve the right to evict participants who are under the influence or prohibit them from participating in the GPU program.


If you have any questions about GPU, please email Purdue Conferences at confreg@purdue.edu or call program staff toll-free at 866-515-0023, or call directly at 765-496-6500.

GPU mailing address:
Grandparents University@Purdue
c/o Purdue Conferences
128 Memorial Mall/Stewart Center 116
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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