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Corvallis High School Commencement Address, June 7, 2019

 As Delivered

Thank you for that kind introduction.  It is an honor to speak to you this evening and to congratulate Corvallis High School’s great class of 2019!

Indeed, it is a pleasure simply to be back in Corvallis.  I have been away for a long time, but this community will always have a special place in my heart.  I have many vivid memories from my years here, including from my own graduation ceremony, at which Phil Luarca, a popular business teacher and wrestling coach, gave the keynote address.   

Letter from President Eisgruber to Congressional Leaders Regarding Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Dear Chairman Alexander, Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Murray, and Ranking Member Foxx:

Princeton University is deeply committed to providing a high quality education that is affordable and accessible to talented students from all backgrounds. It is critically important to the country that the federal government assist all colleges and universities to achieve these goals and enable America to provide its young people with the educations they require to thrive and contribute productively to our economy and society.

Princeton as a Research University

Published in the April 10, 2019 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Pablo Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering, has served as dean for research since 2013. I invited him to write a guest column for this issue. I am delighted that he has responded by offering some thoughts on Princeton’s fundamental commitment to groundbreaking research.—C.L.E.

Extending the Influence of the Humanities

Published in the March 20, 2019 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

For millennia, the arts and humanities have helped people to understand their lives and their world. Their guidance is ever more important today, when technology and other forces transform society with dizzying speed. Fortunately, some of Princeton’s leading scholars are not only educating students at the University, but also finding creative ways to extend their lessons far beyond the boundaries of our campus.

Catalyzing the Innovation Ecosystem

Published in the March 6, 2019 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Many people around the world think of Princeton as “Albert Einstein’s university.” Though the great physicist’s actual appointment was at the nearby Institute for Advanced Study, he was a prominent figure at the University, too. The association is flattering and in many ways apt: Princeton, like Einstein, is renowned not only for scholarly excellence but also for a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake.

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