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John Fleming, Bradley Whitford chosen to address seniors

Princeton NJ — Longtime Princeton faculty member John Fleming will deliver the address at this year’s Baccalaureate, and Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford will speak at the annual Class Day ceremony, leaders of the senior class have announced.


John Fleming

Fleming, the Louis W. Fairchild ’24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature Emeritus, will speak at the interfaith worship service on Sunday, June 3.

Whitford, who won an Emmy in 2001 for his role as Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on NBC’s “The West Wing,” will deliver the keynote address at the Class Day ceremony on Monday, June 4.


Bradley Whitford

President Tilghman selects the Baccalaureate speaker after consultation with senior class leaders. In an e-mail to the class of 2007, class officers said they recommended Fleming because he “has touched the lives of many Princeton undergrads both inside and outside of his lectures and precepts. As our class was one of the last classes to be taught by him, we felt it only appropriate that some of our last bits of Princetonian wisdom come from him also. We could not think of a more eloquent scholar to deliver our Baccalaureate address.”

Whitford was selected “for his success as an actor and commitment as a philanthropist,” according to class officers. Whitford founded The Clothes Off Our Backs Foundation, which raises money for children’s charities by auctioning off celebrity attire.


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