On March 18, Princeton University announced that Dr. Anthony Fauci has been selected to be the Class Day 2022 Speaker, following a similar announcement by the Class Day co-chairs in an email to the Class of 2022.
This will be the first in-person Class Day since 2019 due to the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Class Day, which takes place the day before Princeton's Commencement, is organized by members of the senior class. The ceremony will include speeches by graduating seniors and recognition of class members for their contributions.
Dr. Fauci has served as the Chief Medical Advisor to the United States President since January 2021, and also serves as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
Dr. Fauci rose to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic when he was assigned to the White House Coronavirus Task Force in January 2020 and has served as a key voice for Americans in understanding and combatting the pandemic. He has served under multiple Presidential administrations, and has contributed to HIV/AIDS research throughout his career.
The Class Day co-chairs Christian Potter ’22, Julia Chaffers ’22, and Sarah Lee ’22 highlighted his work on public health policy throughout his career as well as his leadership during the pandemic, saying that "few people better represent Princeton's unofficial motto, ‘In the Nation’s Service, and the Service of Humanity.’”
Dr. Fauci continues to operate as a leading voice during the ongoing pandemic, and the Class Day co-chairs believe “[he] will be able to impart a message that our class can continue to take on after graduation”.
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