The University marks the beginning of each academic year with Opening Exercises, in the University Chapel. The annual interfaith service includes an address by President Christopher L. Eisgruber, and the recognition of academic achievements of undergraduate students. (NOTE: Due to COVID-19, for the Academic Year 2020-2021, the President will deliver a welcome address to the Class of 2024 on Sunday, August 30 at 10:30am. Additional information can be found on the Orientation site)
Freshmen enter the chapel with classmates in their residential college and are joined by Trustees, faculty, and administrators who process in academic regalia. Following the ceremony, freshmen participate in a "Pre-rade" walking from the chapel through FitzRandolph Gate on Nassau Street, officially entering the campus to start their undergraduate experience and to be greeted by fellow Princetonians.
A video of Opening Exercises, along with other University convocations, can be found at the Media Central website (these events are stored chronologically). On the day of the event, the ceremony will be broadcast live through the same website.