Purdue graduates told to learn from history of Space Age

President France A. Córdova on Sunday December December 16 told new graduates that the history of the Space Age holds valuable lessons as they face future challenges in their lives.

Córdova told graduates that people worldwide are celebrating the 50th anniversary of space exploration. The Space Age has benefited from hundreds of Purdue graduates who not only worked as astronauts, but also researched, designed and built the rockets, capsules and satellites of the past 50 years, she said.

Even overnight snow and ice did not stop 61 graduates of the School of Aeronatics and Astronautics and their families and friends celebrating the 203rd commencement during the ceremoney held at Elliott Hall of Music. 

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics hosted a reception in its new home Armstrong Hall and graduates were able to show their families and friends the new building.

2007 winter graduates from left to right: Gabriel Dufraisse; Hiren Patel; Zubin Olikara; Christopher Ballard.