Taking a break from all the negativity and unfortunate occurrences in history 2020 has brought us, a significant milestone has been reached by a member of the black community in an Institution that has never had a black Valedictorian!
It has just been announced, that for the very first time in the history of the Ivy League institution, a black valedictorian has been named at Princeton.
Nicholas Johnson, a Canadian student majoring in operations research and financial engineering, has officially been named the first black valedictorian in the 274-year history of Princeton University. The university made the historical announcement via a press release and Johnson couldn’t contain his excitement at the honor.
On social media, Johnson wrote the following about being at the top of Princeton’s 2020 graduates:
“It feels empowering. Being Princeton’s first Black Valedictorian holds special significance to me particularly given Princeton’s historical ties to the institution of slavery. I hope that this achievement motivates and inspires younger black students, particularly those interested in STEM fields.” He is now a member of the Princeton Chapter of Engineers without Borders.