August 2018 Newsletter

Dear Purdue Families,

We’ve just welcomed Purdue’s best and biggest freshman class for the start of what is sure to be our most exciting year yet.

Beginning with Homecoming next month, we will spend an entire year celebrating Purdue’s 150th anniversary and looking forward to the next century and a half that your Boilermaker will help shape.

The theme of our sesquicentennial celebration is “Giant Leaps” — named for the historic words of Purdue alumnus and space pioneer Neil Armstrong.

This year’s events will honor the contributions to knowledge made by Purdue scholars over the years, and the great life accomplishments of individual Boilermakers, many from very modest backgrounds, across every field of endeavor.

I invite you to join our year-long celebration of Purdue’s unique legacy and our renewed commitment to fostering the learning and discovery that will shape the Giant Leaps of the next 150 years. You can find anniversary events and read more about our sesquicentennial celebration at

Whether your student is joining us for their first semester or their last, thank you for building a solid foundation of support for our students to succeed and for continuing to support them as we begin a new academic year.



Mitch Daniels


You may also wish to read the welcome back message to our faculty, staff and students from President Daniels and Provost Akridge.

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2018 Parent & Family Connections Publications

The online version of the Family Handbook and Calendar are now available on the Things to Know Tab. Any remaining printed materials will be available during Family Weekend at the check-in table.

Family Weekend - November 2-4, 2018

Plans are underway for events for the upcoming Family Weekend November 2-4. The Family Weekend website with a list of events will launch September 12, with registration for Family Weekend Events opening on September 18. Watch your inbox for additional information on these dates. Note: emails will be sent to individuals subscribed to the Parent & Family Connections monthly newsletters.


August 27, Last Day to Register Without a Late Fee

September 3, Last Day to Cancel a Course Assignment Without It Appearing on Record, Labor Day (No Classes)

September 17, Last Day to Withdraw a Course with a Grade of W or to Add/Modify a Course with Instructor and Advisor Signature

October 8-9, October Break (No Classes)

November 2-4, Family Weekend

November 21-24, Thanksgiving Vacation (No Classes)

December 8, Classes End

December 10-15, Final Exams

December 15, Semester Ends

December 16, Fall Commencement

January 7, Spring Semester Classes Begin

See the full 2018-2019 academic calendar

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