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Commencement 2005

A finish and a start

Princeton NJ -- Beginning with Baccalaureate on May 29 and ending with Commencement on May 31, graduation activities marked the conclusion of their time at Princeton but the dawn of an opportunity for members of the class of 2005 to, as President Tilghman put it, “carry forward the spirit of Princeton and all that this place has aspired to teach you.”

A total of 1,814 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees at the morning ceremony on the front lawn of Nassau Hall.


(left) Comic actor Chevy Chase, who gave the Class Day keynote speech, posed for a photo with senior class officers Azalea Kim, left, and Stephanie Scott.
(right) Tilghman and Baccalaureate speaker Toni Morrison prepared for the service.


(left) From left, salutatorian Graham Phillips and valedictorian Varun Phadke assembled on stage before speaking at the Commencement ceremony.
(right) Seniors processed through the arch at East Pyne before Baccalaureate led by bagpiper Whitney Kalmbach

Photo of: honorary degree recipients

Honorary Degrees

Honorary degree recipients, pictured with President Tilghman (center) were, from left: J. Lionel Gossman, Princeton’s M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Emeritus; John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard mutual fund group; Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, playwright, poet, novelist and political rights activist; Anne d’Harnoncourt, director and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Yo-Yo Ma, award-winning cellist; and Vera Rubin, astronomer and pioneer in research on dark matter.

More about Commencement on the Web

To read more about the 2005 Commencement and related events, including stories about the activities, the honors presented and the speeches given, visit <www.princeton.edu/main/news/>. To view a Webcast of Commencement, the Graduate School hooding ceremony, Class Day or Baccalaureate, visit <www.princeton.edu/webmedia/>.