Alumni Day 2024: February 24

Alumni Day 2024 campus photo

The 109th Annual Alumni Day

More than 1,000 alumni came back to campus to reconnect with friends, fellow alumni and Princeton families, honor alumni award winners, attend the Service of Remembrance, toast the recent milestone 20th anniversary of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, listen to lectures, and so much more! Relive Alumni Day by viewing the videos of awardee presentations and other activities below.

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“So, can we imagine instead of AI replacing human capabilities, AI can augment human capabilities? AI can help labor shortage problems and can give back more dignity and respect to humans.”

Fei-Fei Li ’99

Fei Fei Li Alumni Day remarks

Woodrow Wilson Award Lecture

Fei-Fei Li ’99, co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, spoke on “What We See and What We Value: AI With a Human Perspective” before accepting the Woodrow Wilson Award.

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“Everybody in the world has a place. It is, of course, our home, our origins, and for many of us, our house of worship. And it is the fact that we now have this relationship with birds, aided by the technologies of computation, that gives us a chance to have the hope that we actually can learn how humans can fit in with all this grandeur.”

John Fitzpatrick *78

John Fitzpatrick Alumni Day 2024 remarks

James Madison Medal Lecture

John Fitzpatrick *78, director emeritus of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, delivered “Wild Birds Are Canaries, and Our Planet Is the Coal Mine.”

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Alumni Day 2024 luncheon in Jadwin Gym







Luncheon Program

Held in Jadwin Gymnasium, the Alumni Day luncheon program serves as the Alumni Council's Annual Meeting. Hear updates from Alumni Association President Monica Moore Thompson ’89, listen to remarks from President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83, University Provost Jennifer Rexford ’91 and Associate Vice President for Capital Projects Dozie Ibeh, and hear a special musical performance by Molly Trueman ’24. 

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Service of Remembrance 2024 - Chapel





Service of Remembrance

Held during Alumni Day on February 24, this year’s Service of Remembrance honored the alumni, students and members of the Princeton University faculty and staff whose deaths were recorded by the University during 2023.  All members of the Princeton community were invited to attend.

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2024 Pyne Prize winners









Pyne Prize Remarks 

Brian Li ’24 and Casey Beidel ’24 accepted the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize during Alumni Day

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2024 Jacobus Fellows





Jacobus Fellowship Recipients 

Jacobus Fellows Geneva Smith, Pasquale Toscano, José de Jesús Montaño López, and Ryan Unger discuss their research.

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Alumni Day Jadwin

History of Alumni Day

First observed on Lincoln’s birthday in 1915, the day drew 100 alumni to what the PAW called “an intellectual pilgrimage” to Princeton. From 1916 to 1955, it was on Washington’s birthday; thereafter, it has been on the Saturday nearest February 22.

Alumna shaking hands with Anthony Romero at Alumni Day 2020

The Woodrow Wilson Award and James Madison Medal

Take a look back at the past recipients of the most prestigious awards presented at Alumni Day.