The University is planning to hold both Alumni Day and Reunions in person in 2022 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Alumni Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, with lectures in Richardson Auditorium, lunch at Jadwin Gym, and the Service of Remembrance at the Chapel. Princeton will present the Woodrow Wilson Award to Maria Ressa ’86, who co-founded the Philippines-based Rappler news organization and was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to protect freedom of expression. The award is the highest given by the University to undergraduate alumni. The University will present the Madison Medal, the top award for graduate alumni, to Julia Wolfe *12, a renowned composer who received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2016.
Admission will be free, and participants will have to preregister and attest to being fully vaccinated. Participants will also have to follow all campus, state, and national public-health advisories that are in place at the time. (For updates, information, and registration, go to bit.ly/alumni-day-2022.)
The University is also planning to invite alumni back for in-person Reunions May 19-22, 2022, after virtual events in 2020 and 2021. As with Alumni Day, visitors will have to preregister, attest to full vaccination and follow all active public-health advisories. Organizers are expecting higher attendance than usual as classes that weren’t able to have in-person major reunions in the last two years return as satellite classes. To that end, the University is “planning an expansion of the 25th and 50th headquarter sites to accommodate more satellite alumni, as well as additional staff, public safety officers, meal tents, and restrooms,” said Alexandra Day ’02, deputy vice president for alumni engagement, in an email to PAW.
More information about Reunions will be available in PAW as plans develop.