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July15, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 16

Features

Commencement 2009

By Brett Tomlinson, photographs by Ricardo Barros
Published in the July15, 2009, issue


Ricardo Barros

Princeton, in six words

PAW partnered with the senior class to ask students to capture the last four years in “six-word memoirs.” Here is a sampling of their responses.

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LOST MY ACCENT, FOUND MY VOICE.

NANCY EDWARDS


TWICE A YEAR WE HAD SANGRIA.

LOGAN SCHERER


RULE ONE: FINISH YOUR THESIS, SON.

CAITLIN LUDWIGSEN


STILL PROCESSING THE EVENTS AT HAND.

SAM ZETUMER


LEARNED MORE FROM FRIENDS THAN CLASSES.

DENALI BARRON


CAREER SERVICES SAYS I AM “PENDING.”

KATHARINE GILMAN


CAN I PLEASE DO IT AGAIN?

FIONA MILLER


REMEMBER TO LIVE, NOT JUST WORK.

UGOCHI MADUBATA


WEIRDER THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS.

NADYA SOTO FERNANDEZ


THANK GOD FOR THE EATING CLUBS.

BARRY CARO


I DARED TO DISTURB THE UNIVERSE.

JADE FAUGNO


SEEING OLD IDEAS FROM NEW PERSPECTIVES.

NICK MORGAN


OVERALL, THOROUGHLY EXHAUSTING BUT COMPLETELY WORTHWHILE.

BEVERLY NWANNA


IT’S BEEN ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE.

STEVE PEARSON


GO TO CLASS, FOR PETE’S SAKE!

ANONYMOUS


CHERISHED MEMORIES SQUIRRELED AWAY UNTIL REUNIONS.

CANDICE CHOW

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Baccalaureate: David Petraeus *87

Gen. David Petraeus *87, leader of the U.S. Central Command, challenged members of the Class of 2009 to commit themselves to public service and the meaningful life such work offers.

“More than ever before, your community, your nation, and our world need talented people like you to tackle the pressing issues we face,” Petraeus told students during the Baccalaureate ceremony, held May 31 in the University Chapel. Princeton, he said, “has uniquely prepared you for such service.”

The general praised the University’s ROTC program and described how his Army career has enriched his life. But he emphasized that public service need not be military or even within the public sector. “History is full of examples of captains of industry and masters of the universe who made tremendous contributions to good citizenship,” he said, discussing the ways in which civil-service jobs provide camaraderie, self-satisfaction, and intellectual stimulation.

Petraeus, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School, thanked Princeton’s professors and praised President Tilghman’s leadership. Tilghman lauded Petraeus for rethinking American military strategy through his principles of counterinsurgency, and noted that he has been described by many as “a genuine American hero.”

By Catherine Mevs ’09

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