A walk across campus illuminates to even the casual observer that Princeton reverberates with history and tradition. The true beauty of Princeton’s traditions is that many of most of the enduring ones were started by students. Whether the tradition is 250 years or 250 hours old, these rituals strive to create expressions of affiliation and belonging. It’s important to note that while we appreciate our past, as a learning community we are called to think critically about where we have been and where our aspirations will take us.
Traditions can be as expansive as an entire class or as intimate as a residential college ‘zee group. There is something quite unifying about engaging in activities that students were similarly participating in over two centuries ago. To learn more about some of our most long-standing traditions, visit the Princetoniana website. Or take a look at Facebook or Snapchat; some of the traditions found there are just minutes old yet will be as indelible as those carved into the stones of our campus walls.
Seem unlikely? We’re fairly certain that the first group of Tigers who gathered on Nassau Hall steps on the eve before their graduation didn’t expect students to be following suit 265 years later. This place is yours—we can’t wait to see how you make it your own.