In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a freshman requests the right to wear a top hat, women make national headlines for Commencement firsts, and more.
June 4, 1930—In a letter to the editor of the Princetonian, a member of the Class of 1933 requests an end to rules limiting the wearing of top hats to upperclassmen on the grounds that “this piece of apparel is indispensable to anyone having any regard for correct social usage… The Freshman or Sophomore feels self-conscious and is at a decided disadvantage in not being permitted to dress himself properly.”
June 6, 1944—Princeton responds quietly to news of the allied invasion of France on D-Day, observing it only with a prayer service in the Chapel at 5:00PM.
June 7, 1892—Evelyn College, Princeton’s short-lived women’s college, holds its first Class Day and Commencement.
June 9, 1975—Seniors Cynthia Chase and Lisa Siegman are Princeton’s first female valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, making national headlines.
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