Thanks for asking for the feedback, mrscollege, and what wonderful feedback it is! First, let me say the day was magnificent: blue skies, less humidity, and a gentle breeze. The opening exercises started with the freshmen walking into the chapel- they were summoned there by the sound of African drums and the whimsical waving of the banners of each college. It felt like there was a magical force in the air leading all to the chapel. After seeing the kids go into the chapel, we hurried over to McCormack Hall, where parents watched the ceremony led by President Tilghman. It was just lovely; I will attach a link from the Daily Princetonian that really captures the event.
The parents then went back over to the chapel to watch the freshmen exit and begin their passage through FitzRandolph Gate. The sweetest part of their entrance to campus was the joyous way in which alum, students, parents, and the band welcomed them. The students looked so humble, as though they were thinking “all this for little old me!” It was a real gift to see that, and I will never forget how full of promise they all looked. My son quickly went to a freshmen barbeque, and then met us for a light dinner. We decided to wait and see the Step Sing afterwards, and are so happy we did. It was honestly one of the most charming things I have had the pleasure to watch. While the kids sang the traditional Princeton songs, they were interwoven with some contemporary songs such as “Don’t’ Stop Believing,” “We Are Young,” and “Call Me Maybe.” The fourth song (the one that endeared the students to the crowd!) was the “Pokemon Theme Song.” I cannot put into words how sweet these kids sounded singing that song- they seemed incredibly innocent and intelligent at the same time. A very entertaining alum from the class of 1956 (Thomas Meeker?) taught the kids the “Princeton Locomotive Cheer,” and they thanked him by cheering him! Everyone was enthralled with this gentelman’s antics, which included a light hearted “halfmooning” of the students in his 1956 shorts (the date was on the seat of them!)
I know that yesterday will have even more significance in four years when I see these same students graduate. I only hope that graduation does not come too soon! Thanks for reading.
Here is the link to the article: Princeton University - Tilghman asks new students to 'occupy' Princeton and serve the greater good
p.s. sewhappy, you said it, we are so grateful and happy as well.