The Spotlight articles showcase events and activities related to the diverse programs and offices within the Office of the Dean of the College.


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Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
Written by: Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

Princeton University students will be able to pursue minor courses of study outside of their primary discipline beginning in fall 2023.

A proposal submitted by the Faculty Committee on the Course of Study to allow for academic minors was approved at the faculty meeting on April 25. Existing departments and programs will be able to offer a body of stand-alone coursework as a minor.

Natalia Orlovsky named Princeton valedictorian, Frances Mangina selected as salutatorian

Natalia Orlovsky, a molecular biology concentrator from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2022. Frances Mangina, a philosophy concentrator from Toronto, was named salutatorian. The Princeton faculty accepted the nominations of the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing at its April 25 meeting.

Commencement for the Class of 2022 will take place at Princeton Stadium on Tuesday, May 24. Orlovsky and Mangina are expected to give remarks at the ceremony.

Please read about Natalia Orlovsky and Frances Mangina on Princeton University's website.

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Morrison Hall

January 19, 2022

We hope you’re well as we prepare for a fully in-person spring semester. Supporting the central academic and co-curricular Princeton experience requires that we all be mindful of our continued responsibility for the health and safety of ourselves and our community. Each of us recognizes how, in this difficult moment, our choices and actions may affect classmates, roommates, teammates, faculty and staff, and their families.

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As we look forward to welcoming you back to campus for the Spring term, our primary goal is to maintain in-person classroom instruction and co-curricular activities, including varsity athletics, while also supporting the physical and mental health of our community. Because the pandemic continues and the highly transmissible Omicron variant presents yet another challenge to public health, the University has decided to organize a gradual return for undergraduate students.

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We write to let you know that we’ve decided to shift all final exams to a remote format so that students will be able to leave campus at their earliest convenience. We apologize for the late hour—we want you to have this information as soon as possible.

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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TO: All Faculty

FROM: Gene Jarrett, Dean of the Faculty; Jill Dolan, Dean of the College; Cole Crittenden, Acting Dean of the Graduate School