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Opening Exercises 2022: Presence and Place
Sept. 4, 2022

As delivered

I am delighted to be with you here today as the University officially welcomes Princeton’s Great Class of 2026 and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year.  I have always enjoyed the energy of Opening Exercises and the feelings of renewal and promise that accompany them.

Our gradual…

Remarks for Freshman Orientation Session on Free Expression
Sept. 1, 2022

Let me begin by welcoming Princeton’s Great Class of 2026 to campus!  You are already extraordinary in one way:  you are the largest class ever to enter Princeton University.  And I am confident that by the time you graduate, you will have proven yourselves to be wonderful and extraordinary in many other ways.

My first…

President's Blog: Progress on DACA, and the fight continues
Sept. 1, 2022

by Christopher Eisgruber

The Biden Administration last week took an important step to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Congress must now act to provide permanent protection for Dreamers, including those who are Princeton students and alumni.  

The Department of…

President's Blog: Three Cheers for the CHIPS and Science Act
July 28, 2022

by Christopher Eisgruber

Relief and appreciation swept our research community earlier today as Congress passed a monumental bipartisan bill designed to shore up the U.S. research enterprise and boost America’s economic and strategic competitiveness.

You could all but hear the cheers across Route 1 at the…

President's Blog: Second Chance Pell and the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative
June 23, 2022

by Christopher L. Eisgruber

Bravo to the federal education department for recently expanding a college-in-prison program that helps incarcerated people successfully transition back to society—and which has given Princeton faculty and students genuinely meaningful opportunities to extend our impact beyond this campus.

President's Blog: 10th Anniversary of DACA
June 15, 2022

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  For Princeton, it is a day of both pride and frustration. 

Pride, because DACA students at Princeton have conducted important research, served in leadership roles, and been able to participate in all aspects of the university…

Beyond University Rankings: Promoting Transparency and Accountability
June 8, 2022

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Commencement 2022: The Value of Persistence
May 24, 2022

As delivered

In a few minutes, all of you will walk out of this stadium as newly minted graduates of this University.  Before you do, however, it is my privilege to say a few words about the path ahead.

That privilege feels even more special than usual this year.  It is an honor to speak to the Great…

Commencement 2020: Entangled with Princeton
May 18, 2022

As delivered

As you know from prior experience, Princeton tradition allows the University president to say a few words to each graduating class at its Commencement exercises.  Giving that address is a special privilege, and one that I cherish.

That privilege today feels even more extraordinary than usual, since…

President's Blog: Statement Regarding Buffalo Shooting
May 17, 2022

Our hearts break for the ten people killed and three others wounded by a racist gunman in a Buffalo grocery store last weekend.  The anguish caused to the victims and their families, and to the broader Black community, is simultaneously unfathomable and yet too familiar.  It is outrageous, unjust, and intolerable. 

As I…