Celebrations & Recognition

The University has a host of awards and celebrations — most open to the public — throughout the year. These programs help us connect with each other, learn about and from each other, and  examine and reward efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. They include:

  • Every January, the University holds a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, open to the campus and local community, featuring music, a keynote address and awards to individuals who are taking initiative on a civil or human rights issue on campus.
  • Every April, the University presents the Princeton Prize in Race Relations to high school students who are involved in an activity helping to improve race relations in their school or community, with prizes awarded in 26 U.S. metro areas.
  • The Office of Human Resources coordinates the annual Service Recognition Luncheon, which honors staff members celebrating service milestones. At the luncheon, recipients of the President's Achievement Award and the Donald Griffin '23 Management Award are also recognized.
  • In the spring, a number of groups hold specialized graduation celebrations, which also include awards for students, staff and faculty. The Lavender Graduation, sponsored by the LGBT Center, includes awards for activism, allyship and coalition-building. The Pan-African and Latino Graduations pay tribute to students' cultural heritage.
  • In recent years, the University has held separate conferences for black, female and gay alumni, to build community and to examine the University's progress in integrating and serving these groups.

Celebrating Asian and Asian American Alumni

Asian and Asian American Alumni return to campus for the "We Flourish" conference.

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Princeton Hidden Minority Council receives award

The Princeton Hidden Minority Council received the Martin Luther King Journey Award for Special Achievement during the University's annual King Day Celebration on Jan. 18.  

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100 Years of Jewish Life at Princeton

"L'Chaim! To Life: Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Life at Princeton"  The conference welcomed over 700 alumni and guests to campus for an inaugural conference.

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Diversity: Your Experience, Your Words

Winners of the 2015-2016 Staff Essay Contest sponsored by the Princeton Writes program, shared their experiences with the presence or absence of difference in Princeton and beyond.  Congratulations to Bryant Blount, April Armstrong, Violette Chamoun, and Brian Mondschein.

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Celebrating Princeton's Latino Alumni

¡Adelante Tigres! conference welcomed more than 750 Latino alumni back to campus.

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'Every Voice' conference celebrates LGBT alumni

Princeton University's first conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and ally alumni gave a voice to hundreds of alumni, many who felt as if they did not have one as students on campus. The "Every Voice" conference brought together 550 undergraduate and graduate alumni, faculty, staff and students to celebrate how Princeton and the country have transformed during the past 50 years and to discuss the advances the LGBT community still seeks.

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Black alumni return for 'Coming Back' conference

Princeton alumni and their guests gathered on campus for a weekend of captivating lectures, social activities and inspiring discussions spanning topics and generations during "Coming Back: Reconnecting Princeton's Black Alumni."
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Princeton employees honored for dedication and service

Princeton University staff members were recognized for their commitment to excellence, exceptional performance and leadership potential during the University's annual Service Recognition Luncheon.

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