August 17, 2016
New student induction ceremony at Boiler Gold Rush
President Mitch Daniels and a host of speakers on Tuesday (Aug. 16) welcomed about 6,500 new students to Purdue during the annual new student induction ceremony at Mackey Arena.
In his remarks, Daniels urged the students to take at least one course in history, economics, literature and philosophy while at Purdue. Daniels noted that these courses provide a foundational understanding of concepts every college graduate should know.
Students also were advised to remember "4-3-2-1 Graduate!," which translates to:
4 - Graduate in four years.
3 - Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.
2 - Study two hours for every hour spent in a classroom.
1 - Make one leadership commitment.
Other featured speakers were Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity; Geralyn Denger, president of Purdue Student Government; and Brittany Judge, a sophomore and a BGR team leader who participated in BGR as a new student in 2015.
The new student induction ceremony is part of Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue's orientation program.