Speeches & Writings


President Eisgruber addresses a wide range of audiences and issues in the course of a year, and among his most important speeches are the ones he delivers at Princeton University’s Commencement and Opening Exercises in the spring and fall, respectively. His remarks on these occasions explore the basic values that define a Princeton education, as well as the opportunities and challenges confronting students as they enter and leave our University community. A sampling of recent speeches can be found below.

Opening Exercises Address 2020

Sunday, Aug 30, 2020, 12:20 pm

Commencement 2020: Touched by Tragedy

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020, 3:20 pm

Contested Civility: Free Speech & Inclusivity on Campus

Opening Exercises 2019: “The Wisdom of the Dead and the Energy of the Living”

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Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) Pages

President Eisgruber writes about a broad range of topics in "The President's Page," which appears in the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) magazine. University messages in the PAW began in the 1970s, and "The President's Page" sometimes includes guest columns by faculty and other Princeton campus members. A sampling of recent columns can be found below.

Our Highest Aspirations

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, 7:00 pm

Welcoming the Great Class of 2024

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020, 7:00 pm

Hard Decisions About an Uncertain Fall

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020, 7:00 pm

Sonia Sotomayor’s Wisdom and the Pandemic

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 5:00 pm
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President Eisgruber releases statements on academic, administrative and other issues related to Princeton University. A sampling of recent statements can be found below.

Message from President Eisgruber on Spring 2021

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020, 12:06 pm

Mid-semester update on spring 2021

Monday, Oct 19, 2020, 2:30 pm

Update from President Eisgruber on the University’s efforts to combat systemic racism

Message from President Eisgruber: Update on Fall 2020

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