Pomp, circumstance - and a little levity

Princeton NJ -- The University awarded degrees to 1,084 undergraduates and 648 graduate students in commencement exercises June 5.

Princeton also conferred honorary degrees upon seven other distinguished leaders in the sciences, arts, humanities and public service. In addition, faculty members, graduate students and four New Jersey secondary school teachers were honored for excellence in teaching.

The University conferred honorary degrees upon eight individuals who have made important contributions in the sciences, arts, humanities and public service and touched the lives of millions of people.

Pictured with President-elect Tilghman (third from right) are the recipients (from left): U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a 1976 Princeton graduate; basketball legend Bill Russell; ecologist Jane Lubchenco; attorney Kevin Gover, a 1978 Princeton graduate who is former director of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs; award-winning filmmaker, actor and writer Spike Lee; President Shapiro, who was honored with a surprise honorary doctorate for his 14 years of service to the University; Aaron Lemonick, who holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and served the University for many years as a physics faculty member, dean of the Graduate School and dean of the faculty; and Courtland Perkins, a 33-year faculty member who was chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences.


The class of 2001 welcomed four honorary members at Class Day ceremonies June 4. In addition to President Shapiro and President-elect Tilghman, they were: comedian Bill Cosby (right), who spoke at the ceremony; and retired New York State Supreme Court Justice Bruce Wright (left), who was admitted to Princeton in 1935 but was told he would not be welcome when he arrived and it was discovered that he was African-American. He never attended.

The University honored four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers during commencement June 5. Pictured with President Shapiro (left) and President-elect Tilghman (right) are: Hilary Peterlin of Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon; Frank Heffernan of Chatham High School, Chatham; Staci Horne of Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg; and Andrew Dunn of Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale. The four were selected by a University committee from statewide nominations.


Salutatorian Christopher Bradley delivered the traditional Latin oration in appropriate attire a toga and a laurel wreath.


Commencement highlights on Web

To read more about commencement/Class Day, visit these Web addresses:

Complete text of President Shapiro's address:
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0605-hts.htm

Story on honorary degree recipients:
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0605-honorary.htm

Story on faculty members receiving the President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching (also see story on this page):
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0605-faculty.htm

Story on outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers honored:
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0605-teachers.htm

Valedictorian addresses:
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0605-valkra.htm and
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0605-valmcl.htm

Salutatorian address:
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0605-sal.htm

Story on awards presented to graduate students by the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni:
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0605-gradteach.htm

Story on undergraduates honored at Class Day:
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/ news/01/q2/0604-clsday.htm

To view a Webcast of the commencement, the Graduate School hooding ceremony or baccalaureate, visit:

June 18, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 30
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