Annual Events on Campus

The Princeton campus is host to many annual events that are held in celebration of important milestones and that add a unique charm and flavor to the community.

Opening Exercises, an interfaith service in the University Chapel, traditionally marks the beginning of the academic year each fall. Throughout the year, events such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the International Festival and the Communiversity celebration bring members of the campus and area communities together.

The academic year ends with activities including Reunions, which annually draw 20,000 people — alumni and their families — and Commencement, when undergraduate and graduate degrees are presented with pomp and circumstance on the front lawn of Nassau Hall.

More information can be found online for many annual events including the following:

Academic Events

Opening Exercises

Community Events

Community/Staff Day
Martin Luther King Day

Alumni Events

Alumni Day


Thousands of Princeton students, alumni and family members take part in the University's Reunions and Commencement celebrations each year. Above, alumni from the class of 1994 watch the P-rade from the edge of Elm Drive before joining the festive procession.