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Remarks at the Whig-Clio Senate Debate
Oct. 5, 2023

Mr. President, officers and members of the society, friends, and guests:

It is an honor and a pleasure to address you as you convene for another year in the illustrious history of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the oldest college literary and debating club in the United States.

As Donald Gilpin beautifully documents…

Remarks at the Conference on Academic Freedom: Normative, Legal, and Empirical Perspectives
Oct. 2, 2023

Thank you for the opportunity to address this conference.  It is a pleasure to do so, for at least two reasons.  First, I am delighted to see and greet so many friends, including some from Princeton’s own faculty and some whom I have not seen in many years.  Second, the topic of this conference is urgent indeed, and I am…

Remarks at the White House Meeting on Expanding Educational Opportunity and Diversity in Higher Education
Sept. 28, 2023

It’s an honor to be part of this important discussion. I thank the administration for pulling together proven strategies that will help all of us in higher education preserve and grow diversity while complying with a more restrictive legal environment.

I’d like to focus my brief remarks on how Princeton has made significant progress…

Opening Exercises 2023: Think Critically, Embrace Generously
Sept. 3, 2023

As delivered

I am delighted to greet you today as the University welcomes Princeton’s Great Class of 2027 and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year.

One of the marvels of University life is the excitement that comes each fall when our classrooms, athletic fields, dining halls, and myriad other spaces…

Commencement 2023: Let Your Voices Rise
May 30, 2023

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 offer a few words about the path that lies ahead.

I want to begin by saying something about the honorary degrees that we conferred just a few moments ago.  Our purpose in…

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…

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…

Opening Exercises Address 2021
Aug. 29, 2021

As delivered

It is so good to see you.  It’s so good to be together.  I have missed these moments of collective joy and excitement over the past year.

There is a lot of excitement during orientation.  Of course, the college experience is not all, or even mostly,…