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The Friends of Convocations is a group of generous individuals and corporate partners whose gifts make it possible for Purdue Convocations to bring the community 25-30 performances each year that represent a variety of art forms, genres and cultures, as well as a host of educational opportunities through the Curricular Connections program.

You can join the Friends of Convocations today with a gift of $50 or more to help this important programming continue and to share it with others. In return, you will earn privileges, such as priority seating or opportunities to purchase tickets before the general public, to enhance your Purdue Convocations experience.


Last year, Friends gifts helped audience members of all ages experience the arts!

  • 35 performances were presented for the community.
  • 4,470 preschool through grade 12 students from 32 schools attended a matinee performance at Purdue University.
  • Over 1,448 of these students received a free or discounted ticket to attend.
  • $2,200 in transportation scholarships were distributed to help needy schools travel to Purdue.
  • Nearly 950 college students at Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College received a low-priced $10 ticket when their professor integrated a performance into their classroom curriculum.

Annual Gifts can help Convocations expand the reach of its programming in many ways. Unrestricted gifts help pay the costs of presenting performances, provide educational programming support and help pay organizational operating expenses. Designated gifts are also welcomed.

Designated Funds are larger gifts set aside for specific performances or programs. Gifts accumulate and are spent as needed by the respective program.

Endowments provide Convocations programs with financial support for the future. Donors who make a one-time gift or pledge of $10,000 or more to an existing endowment qualify for Lifetime Friends privileges and receive an infusion of priority points to improve seating.

 Designated Funds and Endowments  

Planned giving options are also available and provide membership in the Purdue Convocations Legacy Society.  For more information, visit the Purdue Planned Giving website.

For more information on any of the above giving opportunities, call the Development Team at 494-9712.



Priority Points Video

Friends at all levels receive special privileges to enhance their Convocations experience. 

  • Sponsor level or higher: program book recognition.
  • Founder level or higher: preferred parking in a convenient Friends lot and access to the Friends Intermission Club (for Elliott Hall of Music performances only).

All Friends receive:

  • Advance notice of performances and pre-sale ticket opportunities via email.
  • Personalized ticket assistance, including priority seating for performances. (Student Concert Committee concerts are not included.)
  • Special event invitations to select Friends events designed for each giving level.

Friends are seated for all Convocations performances using the Priority Point System. 

The purpose of the Priority Point System is to acknowledge individual Friends for both their loyalty and financial support. Friends receive credit each year in the form of points for their cumulative giving, consecutive years of membership, and for their PICK 5 purchases.

During the seating process, Friends receive a point total and ranking. Ticket orders are placed in rank order, highest to lowest, and tickets are assigned on a show-by-show basis. As seats are assigned, personal preferences are taken into account using a Seating Preferences Form, which is submitted along with each ticket order during the pre-sale period.

Giving Levels & Privileges About Priority Point System  Check Your Points Online Seating Preferences Form Online Points Login Instructions


Let’s get together & have some fun. Don’t miss the upcoming 2013-14 events planned exclusively for Friends:


intermissionclubFounder-level Friends are invited to private receptions at designated Elliott Hall of Music performances:

Blue Man Group
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6:45 – 7:30 PM (Preshow only)
Million Dollar Quartet
Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:45 – 7:30 PM (Preshow only)
St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Friday, February 21, 2014
7:30 – 8:00 PM & Intermission
Friday, April 4, 2014
7:30 – 8:00 PM & Intermission
West Side Story
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 – 7:30 PM & Intermission


There are only Intermission Club events for regular-season Elliott Hall shows listed in our season brochure.

Your parking pass is for your use at Elliott Hall events, when the Friends parking lots are available. Please hang it from your rearview mirror so it is visible to parking attendants upon your arrival.  The parking spots available for Friends in each lot will be marked “no parking – police order.” Parking pass numbers are for Convocations staff use. Spots are not reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To enter Intermission Club for the pre-show event, use the ground level Hovde Hall doors. Hovde Hall is located adjacent to Elliott Hall of Music on the east side of the building and very close to the Friends preferred parking lot. For the mid-show break, use the connecting bridge from Elliott Hall, located on the 1st floor as you exit the main floor seating area.  Hall ushers are available if you need assistance.

To help our team estimate average Club attendance and catering needs, we ask that you please check in upon arriving at the Intermission Club.  We appreciate your patience to help us better utilize your Friends contributions.

If you have any questions, our staff is happy to help. Call (765) 494-9712 to speak with the Development Associate.

advisoryboard2 These stellar individuals are devoted arts advocates, stewards of Friends of Convocations financial resources, and advisors to Convocations in all areas of work.  We’d like to give special thanks to these volunteers who are serving for the 2013-14 performance season.

Patricia S. Garrott – President
Joanne Troutner – Vice President
Nigel Agboh
Gail Beck
Claire Bourdon
Barrett S. Caldwell
Nick Carpita
Alison Greene
Jon Harbor
David Kummer
Jim Leslie
Amy Long
Pam Luenz
Stacey Mickelbart
Tom Parent
Jamie Reed
Kim Reisman
Beverly Shaw
Gerritt Smith
Dawn Walker


What would you like to do?

Renew for this season or make a one-time gift?

Click Here To Give

Give via Purdue payroll deduction?

Click Here For Payroll Deduction

Click Here for Step-by-step Payroll Instructions 

Set-up a recurring gift?

Click Here To Set Up A Recurring Gift

Mail a paper membership form?

 Click Here For A Printable Form

More questions? Call 494-9712.