WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Exponent) - Purdue acting President Timothy Sands paired Boilermaker spirit with the wisdom of accomplished alumni to challenge the university's newest graduates to make a difference.
Sands spoke to graduates during winter commencement ceremonies Sunday in Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music. More than 2,750 students were candidates for degrees.
Sands said the university has a long history – starting from its founding – of rising to the occasion and producing alumni who do the same.
In 1894, he noted, a fire destroyed an early campus landmark. Then-President James Smart declared that Heavilon Hall would be rebuilt - "One brick higher."
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