Lifestyle of Affluent Americans

P-rades: Parades of Princeton Alumni

Thanks to Einstein, Princeton is an excellent physics place. Otherwise, Princeton is known as an exclusive gathering place for affluent Americans.

P-rade of 2000

Graduate School Centennial Year

The P-rade is largely a business of undergraduate alumni (they are very rich), and Princeton PhDs are somewhat indifferent toward this "childish" event. However, the year 2000 was different. The graduate alumni were invited to lead the parade, in recognition of the 100th anniversary year of the founding of the graduate school. I was a full participant of the re-union and P-rade.

Cleveland Tower refurbished. The rededication ceremony took place during the centennial reunion.

The Cleveland Tower stands tall among Princeton's Graduate College buildings. This tower was built during Woodraw Wilson's time, about 90 years ago. It went through a major repair and reconstruction in recent years, and was rededicated in May of the year 2000.

The Tower was named after Grover Cleveland who was the president of the United States from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897. He spent his retirement years at a sleepy town called Princeton, and dedicated the rest of his life in initiating a graduate program for the University. Princeton's graduate program started in 1901. You can see this tower while driving on the US-1 and while on the AMTRAK or NJT train. Likewise, you can have a dreamlike view of New Jersey from the top of the Cleveland Tower.

The P-rade is still largely a business of well-to-do undergraduate alumni, and the graduate alums are somewhat indifferent. Princeton University is working very hard to bring in Princeton PhDs to the main stage of alumni activities. The University administration made a major effort in 2000. It is a pleasure to acknowledge three key persons in the administration. Both the president and the graduate school dean are Princeton PhDs.


Not over yet. You heard about the Princeton Campus. Looking like a toy town?

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