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Princeton University 2021 Commencement
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Class of 2021 celebrates an in-person commencement

Thousands gathered in Princeton Stadium on Sunday to celebrate the commencement of the great Class of 2021. Speeches acknowledged the unique difficulty of the graduates’ time at the University and praised their resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands gathered in Princeton Stadium on Sunday to celebrate the commencement of the great Class of 2021. Speeches acknowledged the unique difficulty of the graduates’ time at the University and praised their resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Photo Courtesy of the Women*s Center website

New center for gender and sexuality will expand programming of Women*s and LGBT Center

The Women*s Center and LGBT Center will continue to operate separately and exist in distinct affinity spaces, but the new center for gender and sexuality will help bridge their staff and services while acknowledging the intersections of gender and sexuality.  

The Women*s Center and LGBT Center will continue to operate separately and exist in distinct affinity spaces, but the new center for gender and sexuality will help bridge their staff and services while acknowledging the intersections of gender and sexuality.  


A news truck sits outside Jammin’ Crepes shortly after Gov. Murphy signed a piece of legislation inside. 
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian 

Gov. Murphy signs small business relief bill at Jammin’ Crepes

The bill will provide $15 million in federal relief to struggling small businesses throughout New Jersey, and is part of a larger $100 million COVID-19 relief plan aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits recover from losses caused by the public health crisis.

The bill will provide $15 million in federal relief to struggling small businesses throughout New Jersey, and is part of a larger $100 million COVID-19 relief plan aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits recover from losses caused by the public health crisis.


Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Administrators detail plans for anticipated return to normalcy in the fall

Contingent upon public health and safety guidelines, University administrators expect campus to return to a sense of normalcy next fall. In a town hall hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government on April 6, 16 University administrators answered questions about all aspects of campus life regarding this spring, summer, and fall. Administrators expressed hope that residential life, dining, eating clubs, breaks, grading, financial aid, and athletics will return to pre-pandemic norms in the fall.

Contingent upon public health and safety guidelines, University administrators expect campus to return to a sense of normalcy next fall.


Fire trucks on Nassau Street.  
Candace Do / Daily Princetonian

Patrons and shop workers evacuate after gas leak in Palmer Square

The leak was at 1 Palmer Square, which houses PNC Bank, Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar, and J.Crew. The immediate area was initially cleared once the leak was discovered, and no one was injured.

The leak was at 1 Palmer Square, which houses PNC Bank, Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar, and J.Crew. The immediate area was initially cleared once the leak was discovered, and no one was injured.


Marissa Michaels / The Daily Princetonian

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness talks authenticity and self-acceptance

In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by activist Ashlee Marie Preston, Van Ness gave advice on how to set boundaries, practice self-acceptance, and help others authentically.

In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by activist Ashlee Marie Preston, Van Ness gave advice on how to set boundaries, practice self-acceptance, and help others authentically. 


The four officers of Natives at Princeton.
Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

Last month, Native students at Princeton embraced activism. Now, they’re looking ahead.

Natives at Princeton, a group of students striving for cultural understanding and community building for Native undergraduates, designated November as Native American Activism Month. They describe their activism, the Native student experience at Princeton and its challenges, and their hopes for the future.


Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton establishes professorship of Indigenous Studies with $5 million gift from Wendy and Eric Schmidt ’76

The new professorship, titled the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies, will “catalyze and unite conversations on indigeneity across disciplines,” according to the announcement. 

The new professorship, titled the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies, will “catalyze and unite conversations on indigeneity across disciplines” according to the announcement. 


Albert Jiang / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton to invite all undergraduates to campus this spring, with most instruction remaining online

Most instruction will remain online, and classes with an in-person component will be offered in a “hybrid” format to accommodate students studying remotely. All graduate students will again be invited to campus

Most instruction will remain online, and classes with an in-person component will be offered in a “hybrid” format to accommodate students studying remotely. All graduate students will again be invited to campus


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