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Princeton’s Reunions and Commencements to Get Some SPIA Supplements

May 18 2023
By Tom Durso
Source Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs will supplement Princeton’s Reunions and Commencement-related events with SPIA-specific gatherings and special events of its own over the next two weeks.

This year’s Princeton Reunions take place from May 25 to 28. As always, the SPIA alumni community will be well represented, partnering with the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA) as the largest participating graduate department.

SPIA-specific events include:

  • The second annual Princeton Alums for Africa, Thursday, May 25, 5 – 8 p.m., Louis A. Simpson International Building. Chika Okeke-Agulu, Robert Schirmer Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies and director of the Program in African Studies and the Africa World Initiative, will speak, as he did last year.
  • The Silver and Gold Reunions Dinner, Thursday, May 25, 6 – 8 p.m., Robertson Hall. This year’s event celebrates the 25th reunion of the great classes of 1996, 1997, and 1998, and the 50th reunion of the great classes of 1971, 1972, and 1973.
  • The Future of Everything: A #PrincetonStar Forum,” Friday, May 26, 10 – 11:30 a.m., McCosh Hall. Dean Amaney Jamal will moderate a panel discussion among distinguished alumni speakers on what we can expect to see – good or bad – in the coming decade or more, and ways that we might shape more sustainable and equitable futures.
  • Women Wanting More: A Conversation Between Anne-Marie Slaughter and Majka Burhardt,” Friday, May 26, 2 – 3 p.m., Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building. SPIA’s former dean and the current CEO of New America talks with author of the new book “More: Life on the Edge of Adventure and Motherhood” about career, motherhood, and global changemaking.
  • SPIA Alumni Reception, Friday, May 26, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Robertson Hall. In addition to the various tent parties around campus, SPIA will offer a champagne toast at 4:15 p.m. for classes celebrating five-year milestones.
  • From Prison to Princeton: Advocating for Systemic Change,” Friday, May 26, 4 – 5 p.m., East Pyne. Advocate Yusuf Dahl MPA ’18, a member of the board of trustees of the Petey Greene Program, speaks with Udi Ofer, the John L. Weinberg Professor and Lecturer in Public International Affairs, and Jeffry Abramowitz, PGP’s chief executive officer, about Princeton-founded initiatives to aid the formerly incarcerated.
  • Rallying to Defend Ukraine: The Role of Civil Society in Mobilizing to Support Soldiers and Civilians,” Saturday, May 27, noon – 1:30 p.m., Robertson Hall. The Lichtenstein Institute on Self-Determination presents a conversation between Slaughter and Dora Chomiak ’91, CEO of Razom for Ukraine.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome back our amazing alumni to the School,” said Jamal. “They are cherished members of the SPIA community, and we are happy to be able to present such stimulating programming for their education and enjoyment.”

Princeton’s Commencement will be held on Tuesday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at Princeton Stadium, with the student procession beginning at approximately 9:40 a.m. SPIA-specific Commencement-related events are as follows:

  • SINSI Breakfast, Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m., Louis A. Simpson International Building (invitation only)
  • SPIA Hooding and Awards Ceremony, Monday, May 29, 9 a.m., McCarter Theatre (open to MPP/MPA grad and guests, SPIA staff and faculty)
  • SPIA Class Day ceremony, Monday, May 29, 2 p.m., Richardson Auditorium (open to all)

Those posting about Commencement to social media are asked to use the hashtag #SPIAProud23. The School's handle on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook is @PrincetonSPIA.