WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Thousands of Purdue students embarked on life-changing journeys several years ago, taking their baby steps across campus while guiding the Boiler Gold Rush. Together, their tireless quest, and constant innovation in the midst of a global pandemic, came together on Saturday (December 18) and Sunday (December 19) at Elliott Music Hall to celebrate their graduation and the world’s next giant leap.
2,661 candidates were eligible to participate in the three ceremonies, including 1,573 undergraduate students, 729 master’s, 348 doctoral, and 11 professional program students. Also, 29 graduates who were unable to participate in the previous graduation ceremonies participated in the celebrations: nine baccalaureate graduates, seven master’s graduates and 13 doctoral graduates.
Saturday morning included candidates from the faculties of agriculture, education, engineering, and liberal arts. The opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon featured candidates from the Colleges of Health and Humanities, Pharmacy, Science, and Veterinary Medicine, Krannert School of Management and Purdue Polytechnic.
The third graduation ceremony was held on Sunday and included all PhD students. candidates.
Keith C. Crash, a Purdue alumnus, former US Under Secretary of State and former Chairman of Purdue’s Board of Trustees, was the keynote speaker at Saturday’s festivities. Randy Roberts, Distinguished Professor of History and 150th Anniversary Professor at Purdue University, gave a keynote address on his Ph.D. ceremony.
sensation Entrepreneur, Silicon Valley innovator, philanthropist and government employee. It has brought transformational leadership to multiple sectors, including robotics, engineering, commerce, education, philanthropy, economic statecraft, and even the way people sign. Most recently, he served as Under Secretary of State, led US economic diplomacy and had the rare advantage of being confirmed unanimously by the US Senate.
Krach served as Chairman and CEO of DocuSign for 10 years; Ariba Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO; Chairman of Purdue’s Board of Trustees; Chairman of Angie’s List; Co-founder and COO of the software engineering firm, Benchmark Capital’s first resident entrepreneur; The International President of the Brothers Sigma Chi. Among his accolades, he was named 2000 EY National Entrepreneurs of the Year; 2019 Harvard Business School Leader of the Year and Youngest Vice President ever From General Motors Corp. Crush holds a BA and honorary doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Randy Roberts served as Charles Boal Ewing Chair of Military History in 2015-2016 at the United States Military Academy. In addition to winning the Charles B. Murphy Award for Excellence in Teaching at Purdue, he received the Carnegie Endowment Award for Advancement in Teaching in Indiana, and was a finalist for the 2022 Robert Foster Sherry Award for Great Teaching, presented by Baylor University. Specializes in military history, sports history, and popular culture.
Roberts is also an award winning and bestselling author. He has won several National Book Awards, and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize four times. One of his recent books, co-authored with Johnny Smith called Brothers of Blood: The Deadly Friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, has been made into a documentary on Netflix. Roberts has worked frequently as a consultant and on-camera commentator on PBS, HBO, and the History Channel. Two of the documentaries in which he appeared have won Emmy Awards.
Respondent students also participated in the festivities. The respondent from the first division was Austin B. Berinda, a student at the College of Agriculture from Earl Park, Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, with a minor in Political Science and a concentration in Quantitative Analysis with distinction. The second department respondent was Anusha KV Lakshmi Dharmavathi, a student in the College of Health and Human Sciences from Ashburn, Virginia. Dharmavathi holds a Bachelor of Science from HHS Honors Program in Biomedical Health Sciences with minors in Biological Sciences and Dance.
The start-up exercises were broadcast live.
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