Alumni Day is expected to draw about 1,200 people to campus Feb. 25, with programming that ranges from the lighthearted to the heartfelt: faculty lectures, athletic events, exhibitions, performances, and the annual Service of Remembrance in the University Chapel.
The centerpiece of Alumni Day is the luncheon and awards ceremony in Jadwin Gymnasium. This year, FBI director Robert Mueller III ’66 will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor given to an undergraduate alumnus, and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson *86 will receive the James Madison Medal, the University’s highest graduate-alum award. Mueller has headed the FBI since 2001 and has been a leading figure in the nation’s fight against terrorism. Jackson, who has held her post since 2009, is New Jersey’s former commissioner of environmental protection.
Jackson will begin the day’s events with a 9 a.m. talk in Richardson Auditorium. Mueller’s lecture, “Leadership, Humility, and Service: The Princeton Tradition,” follows at 10:15 a.m. in Richardson.
Six faculty members will speak on topics that include immigration, children’s literature, and motorcycle design. Family-friendly events include rock-climbing and bouldering workshops sponsored by Outdoor Action, chemistry demonstrations by University lecturer Kathryn Wagner and her students, and Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye’s popular talk on the college-application process. Entrepreneurial students will present their ideas and compete for seed money in the annual TigerLaunch Startup Challenge, and undergraduate teams will vie for the Class of 1876 Prize in a debate focused on current events.
Alumni, faculty, and staff members who have died during the past year will be memorialized in the Service of Remembrance, which begins at 3 p.m. in the Chapel.
For registration information and a complete schedule of events, go to alumni.princeton.edu.