Transformation, Trust: U.S. business leader tells grads they have ‘Purdue Equation’ the world needs

Keith Krach, businessman, Purdue alumnus, former U.S. undersecretary of state and former chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees, made these comments during winter commencement ceremonies.

Thank you for that kind introduction, Mitch. It is a tremendous honor to be here, back in Boilermaker heaven. This truly is my happy place.

To the Class of 2021, your parents, families, and friends, I just have one question: Is this the greatest university or what? I love that part. 

Plus, I had to do it. I’m recruiting my 10-year-old twins, Emma and JD, to be Boilermakers. They are here with my amazing wife, Metta, whom I now affectionately just call Facebook.

Although I’ve had a long career since I left Purdue, it feels like I was just sitting exactly where you are now, wondering what my future would be like.

I also remember how excited and blessed I felt. My family, like so many of yours, had sacrificed a great deal for me to come here.


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