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April 9, 2014

Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff to present student honors

The Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff will honor student achievement Saturday (April 12) at its 39th annual Academic and Service Awards Program.

The event, at 11 a.m. in Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom, will feature a keynote address by Roland Parrish, a Krannert School of Management alumnus and owner of McDonald's franchise group. Parrish also was the major donor in the library reconceptualization and renovation that led to the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, which opened in April 2012. Provost Tim Sands also will give remarks. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

At the event, the caucus recognizes African American students who have distinguished themselves by strong academic performance and noteworthy service and leadership. It is the only such event at Purdue sponsored directly by both faculty and staff members and honoring undergraduates across all colleges and units on the West Lafayette campus. The caucus anticipates honoring 100 or more students this year.

Apart from graduation, this event attracts one of the largest gatherings of African American families at Purdue. In addition to special awards, all students meeting grade-point criteria will receive certificates and gifts.