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Opening Exercises Address 2020

As delivered

It is my pleasure to greet Princeton’s Great Class of 2024!  Opening Exercises is always one of my favorite events of the year because our incoming students provide this University with a fresh burst of talent, imagination, and spirit.

We may be on Zoom right now instead of on campus, but I feel the same way this year.  I cannot see you, but I know you are out there, a spectacular group of Tigers who will dazzle and amaze us over the coming years.

Message to the Princeton Community Regarding Anti-Racism Initiatives

by Christopher L. Eisgruber

Dear Members of the Princeton Community,

In response to recent tragic events, over the past several weeks our University—along with the rest of our nation—has been engaged in a conversation about racial injustice in America and the ongoing reality of oppression and violence against Black Americans.  Individually and collectively, we have asked how we can do our part to confront racism honestly and effectively.  We have begun identifying and taking steps—but we must do more.

Commencement 2020: Touched by Tragedy

A venerable Princeton tradition allows the University president to offer a few words to the graduating students at each year’s Commencement exercises.  You’ve all heard more than enough online speeches this spring, so I’ll keep my remarks brief.  I would be remiss, however, if I did not say something to mark the special achievements, and the exceptional potential, of this graduating class.

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