Alumni Day

Planned for Feb. 19, 2022, Alumni Day provides a glimpse of campus life when the University is in session, featuring lectures by alumni award winners and Princeton’s top faculty, the annual Service of Remembrance, family programming, and more.

Alumni during Alumni Day in Jadwin Gym sitting at tables

The Woodrow Wilson Award and James Madison Medal

Before we announce this year’s Alumni Day award winners, take a look back at the past recipients of the most prestigious awards presented at Alumni Day. 

Recent alumni at Alumni Day

Relive Alumni Day 2020

Alumna shaking hands with Anthony Romero at Alumni Day 2020
A Look Back in Photos of Alumni Day 2020
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 a Saturday nearest February 22.

Wreath in University Chapel

Service of Remembrance 2021

A cherished part of Alumni Day, the University’s annual memorial service honors those Princetonians — alumni, students, faculty and staff — whose deaths were recorded during the prior calendar year.

Alumni Day 2022 will be held on campus on February 19, and you can find details here as they develop.

Other Alumni Day Awards

Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize

The Pyne Honor Prize, established in 1921, is awarded to the senior who has most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership. Previous recipients include former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes and current U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship

The Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton's top honor for graduate students, supports the final year of study and is awarded to students whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence.

Pyne Prize winners 2021

2021 Pyne Prize Recipients

Graduate College

2021 Jacobus Fellows