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Ceremony marks start of the year

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, 3 p.m. University Chapel

The University will mark the beginning of the academic year with Opening Exercises at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in the University Chapel.

The annual interfaith service will include an address by President Shirley M. Tilghman and the recognition of academic achievements of undergraduate students.

Freshmen will enter the chapel with other students in their residential college. The chapel is expected to be filled with the 1,301 members of the class of 2013 -- the highest number of freshmen in the University's history -- as well as faculty and administrators who will process in academic regalia.

Family members will be directed to simulcast sites in 101 McCormick Hall and McCosh 10. 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, the freshmen will participate in a "pre-rade" from the chapel through FitzRandolph Gate, giving them the opportunity to officially enter the campus to start their undergraduate experience and to be greeted by fellow Princetonians.

Classes begin on Thursday, Sept. 17.

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