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Opening Exercises
Opening Exercises, 2012. Photo: Denise Applewhite

From its founding in 1746, Princeton has educated a striking range of leaders in the United States and around the world. This tradition was memorably captured by then-professor Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879, when he referred in 1896 to "Princeton in the Nation's Service," an informal motto that has since been expanded to include "and in the Service of All Nations." Today, as the University continues to evolve, the student body reflects an increasing diversity of Princetonians from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds and from nations across the globe. Their ideas, cultural traditions and languages are essential in creating the dynamic environment for learning that Princeton is today.