Princeton names its first black valedictorian in the university’s history

Although the coronavirus pandemic canceled Princeton’s in-person graduation ceremony, the school is still holding a virtual one on May 31.

Johnson told CNN it’s “disappointing” to not be able to celebrate as a class together in person this year. However, he said he is thankful to the administration for its commitment “to hosting an in person commencement for my class in Spring 2021 to celebrate our achievements.”

“I have been comforted to see how well my friends and classmates have adapted to these challenging times,” he said, “and have ensured that Princeton’s strong community persists virtually despite our physical separation from one another.”

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Nicholas Johnson is an African American. WGN regrets the error.

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