Be sure to talk to your boys tonight and ask them how their day was! Today will be one of their best memories of the many traditions they’ll experience during their first semester at Princeton University … Opening Exercises!
The University will mark the beginning of the academic year with Opening Exercises at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the University Chapel. The annual interfaith service will include an address by President Christopher L. Eisgruber and the recognition of academic achievements of undergraduate students.
Freshmen will enter the chapel with classmates in their residential college. The chapel is expected to be filled with the estimated 1,300 members of the Class of 2017, as well as faculty and administrators who will process in academic regalia. Family members will be directed to simulcast sites in McCormick Hall, Room 101, and McCosh Hall, Room 50. The ceremony will be broadcast live on TigerNet Channel 7 on campus and will be archived on the Web for later viewing.
Following the ceremony at 4pm, weather permitting, the freshmen will participate in a “pre-rade” from the chapel through FitzRandolph Gate while, giving them the opportunity to officially enter the campus to start their undergraduate experience and to be greeted by fellow Princetonians.
At 5:30pm, the Class of 2017 class photo will be taken on the steps under the Blair Arch where they’ll participate in the Freshman Step Sing. Led by the Band and cheered on by many alumni, they will have their first opportunity to learn and sing Princeton songs.
Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
View last year’s photos of the event in the TigerTailgate facebook album. Hopefully photos from this year’s event will be available and shared later.