Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)/ Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) Parent and Family Events

In the fall, just before the start of school, all new students are expected to participate in a Purdue New Student Orientation Experience. While a few students will participate in orientation programs run by Bands, Athletics, and Purdue Musical Organizations, the rest of the students will attend Boiler Gold Rush (BGR). What makes BGR such a unique experience is the small group size and peer mentor contact, which enable our new students to become better acquainted with Purdue and meet hundreds of new students before classes begin. BGR has one of the largest university volunteer staffs in the country with more than 500 student leaders who work year-round to prepare for the new class of Boilermakers. More about BGR.

Monday, August 13

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cookies and Cards, Krach Leadership Center (KRCH) lobby

Enjoy light refreshments and complete a Boilergram for your student. Boilergrams are postcards for parents and siblings to write a message of encouragement, life advice or give a big "Boiler UP!" to your Boilermaker. Boilergrams will be delivered to the residence halls during the first few weeks of classes to be put in student mailboxes.

Tuesday, August 14

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Cookies and Cards, Krach Leadership Center (KRCH) lobby

Enjoy light refreshments and complete a Boilergram for your student. Boilergrams are postcards for parents and siblings to write a message of encouragement, life advice or give a big "Boiler UP!" to your Boilermaker. Boilergrams will be delivered to the residence halls during the first few weeks of classes to be put in student mailboxes.

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Featured Parent & Family Speaker, Loeb Playhouse (Located inside of Steward Center)

5 Simple Rules for College Parents, Harlan Cohen – New York Times best selling author of six books, a nationally syndicated advice columnist, a speaker who has visited over 400 college campuses, and an expert in life transitions.  

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. New Student Induction, Mackey Arena

This event features university faculty and administrators, attired in academic regalia, officially welcoming the class of 2022. This event is open to students and families. 

Additional information on student events and Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) can be found here.  

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