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Loyal alumni await the freshmen

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Crowds gather in anticipation

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The marshal leads students carrying residential college banners

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Wilson College freshmen pass through FitzRandolph Gate

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Rockefeller College freshmen enjoy the procession

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Marching band is on hand

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Forbes College freshmen cheer

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President Christopher L. Eisgruber greets marchers

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Whitman and Mathey freshmen with others at the picnic

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The picnic winds down

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Freshmen head to Blair Arch

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Butler College freshmen prepare to sing

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Freshman gathered on the steps of Blair Arch

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New Princetonians learn "Old Nassau"

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Celebration concludes with Step Sing

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The Princetoniana Site

A vibrant community of scholarship and learning, Princeton University is also rich in traditions, both old and new. The Princetoniana site is intended to be an evolving website, with a focus on many of the traditions and qualities that make the University distinctive.

Did you know...

Inspired by Princeton's famous P-rade, the Pre-rade is for freshmen, who march with the president and members of the faculty (in full regalia) to be welcomed into the University community.

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The "Pre-rade" is one of Princeton's newest traditions. On September 5, 2004, incoming members of the Class of 2008 were greeted by sophomores, juniors and seniors sporting T-shirts from their various residential colleges, and by alumni dressed in Reunions garb. Photos courtesy of the Princetoniana Committee and the Offices of the Alumni Association, Development and Communications.