A Letter to Parents & Families of the Class of 2021 from Vice President Calhoun & Dean Dolan

Friday, Apr 9, 2021
by Office of the Vice President for Campus Life

Dear Parents & Families of the Class of 2021,

We hope you’re all healthy and well as the spring 2021 semester moves toward a close and, along with it, your time as Princeton undergraduates. With the weather warming here in New Jersey and the trees flowering along Nassau and Witherspoon Streets, we also hope those of you living on or near campus are taking advantage of spring to be outside, enjoying the fresh air and the renewal of spring after this grueling winter.

This season always brings hope. As graduating seniors, perhaps it also brings you a sense of new possibilities, forward momentum, and the beginning of new phases of your lives.

We’re happy to call your attention to news about Commencement 2021 that will be posted this afternoon on the University homepage; we’ve attached the story for you here. We announce that the in-person Commencement celebration will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 16 (rain date Monday, May 17).
We’re especially pleased with the provisions to allow seniors who elected to study from elsewhere this term to attend the celebration, and the opportunity the story confirms for each graduating senior to invite one or two guests.

The attached story provides important logistical details for you and your guests, including information about other year-end events and about move-out. Please read the story carefully and continue to monitor the University’s Commencement 2021 webpage for updates.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing efforts by all members of the University community to observe the public health measures that have enabled teaching and research on campus this semester. Your respect for the social contract and your compliance with masking and social distancing policies have kept us all safe and have allowed us to move forward with our plans for an in-person Commencement. We’re relieved and grateful.

We’re keenly aware of how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the last three semesters of your Princeton undergraduate career. You and all those who have experienced this pandemic have lost quite a lot. These extraordinary times have been particularly stressful.

As you complete your final semester, please remember to use all the resources available to you on campus. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your professors, advisers, deans, and directors of studies and student life in your residential college, the McGraw, Women’s, LGBT, and Carl A. Field Centers, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS).

You’ve persevered and even thrived in these difficult circumstances and should see your upcoming graduation as a truly crowning achievement.
We’re very proud of all you’ve accomplished.

We look forward to celebrating with you at Commencement next month.


With our very best,

W. Rochelle Calhoun, VP for Campus Life
Jill Dolan, Dean of the College