It’s commencement time for many Big Ten universities, and the words being shared with graduates have been powerful and inspiring. At Purdue, President Mitch Daniels told the graduating class: “You are ready for a world of constant change.” Parker Mantell was the student speaker for Indiana’s commencement. Take a look: Wisconsin also held their commencement ceremony recently, celebrating old and new traditions. The new Physics and Nanotechnology building opened at Minnesota. A number of Iowa grads are putting their degrees to work immediately. Commencement #selfie! #Illini #ILLINOIS2014 More Grad Photos: http://t.co/VwpbSWiszo pic.twitter.com/LxYvVv3hY2 — Illinois Athletics (@IlliniAthletics) May 18, 2014
Purdue does not usually devote a full day to school pride and fundraising. But when it does, it prefers a spectacle. On April 30, Purdue’s inaugural Day of Giving will take place on campus and through the internet for 24 hours on April 30. The theme of the campaign is “Opportunity Granted,” which captures the goal of creating a more affordable environment for students. “That’s a theme of Purdue’s and a theme of President [Mitch] Daniels,” said Lisa Tally, Executive Director, Philanthropic Communications and Donor Relations for Purdue’s University Development Office. Within the student body, friendly competitions will take place
Purdue University graduates have walked on the moon, worked in the Mir Space Station, and flown the Shuttle. They also have contributed many others who work at NASA or in the burgeoning private space programs. And eight of the Purdue astronauts came back on campus to talk about their careers and experiences. President Mitch Daniels explained the motivation for the reunion of the illustrious graduates, “There are few things that Purdue is prouder of than our runaway contribution to the space programs: 23 astronauts and 37 space missions, as well as countless other people who contributed to the space program.