Princeton Weekly Bulletin   June 16, 2008, Vol. 97, No. 29   prev   next   current

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Tilghman receives honorary degrees

Acclaimed for her leadership and scientific contributions, President Tilghman recently received honorary degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Amherst College.

She received an honorary doctor of science degree from RPI on May 17.

At Amherst on May 25, she was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters. The day before commencement, she spoke to the graduates, their families, friends and the college and the public in a conversation titled “The Public Good of Private Colleges and Universities.”

“As we critique some of the things that colleges and universities are engaged in today, we must always continue to remember we are the best in the world at higher education,” Tilghman said in the talk. 

“As we think about our higher education system,” she added, “we should approach it from two important perspectives. One is that we can always be better. On the other hand, we should not harm unnecessarily a system that has served this country and the world enormously well over the last hundred years.”

(photo: Bentley Drezner)

PUPP holds fifth annual graduation ceremony

The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), which helps academically talented high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for college, held its fifth annual graduation ceremony June 4 in the Friend Center. Here, members of this year's graduating class are joined by PUPP associate director Torey Wilson (top row, far left), director Jason Klugman (top row, far right) and counselor Michael Hannon (middle row, far right).

The 2008 PUPP graduating class includes 23 students who will attend colleges and universities around the country. The current graduates also were joined at the ceremony by PUPP alumni, including members of the first class of 2004 who have now gone on to graduate from college.

OIT Expressions

“Temperamental Sea” by Michael Devlin, a mailing production supervisor in the Office of Information Technology (OIT), is part of an exhibition of original artwork by OIT staff members that will be on view June 21 through July 13 in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. The second annual exhibition, titled “OIT Expressions," will include paintings, poetry, photographs, art glass, fabric art, wood carving, sculpture, writing and music.

Tuition grant increased for children

The University’s Benefits Committee has reviewed the Children’s Educational Assistance Plan and has increased the amount of the annual tuition grant for the 2008-09 academic year.

The Tuition Grant Program provides assistance for an eligible faculty or staff member’s child who is pursuing undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college. For 2008-09, the University will provide a maximum annual tuition grant of one-half tuition and mandatory educational fees up to a cap of $12,500 ($6,250 per semester or $4,166 per trimester or quarter), an increase from last year’s maximum grant of $11,840.

For more detailed information or to obtain a tuition grant application, visit the Office of Human Resources website at or contact the human resources benefits team at 258-3302 or

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