Princeton names 1st black valedictorian in school’s history
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Princeton University has named its first black valedictorian in the school’s 274-year history.
Nicholas Johnson, a Canadian student majoring in operations research and financial engineering, is valedictorian of the class of 2020.
Johnson says the honor is empowering because of the university’s historical ties to slavery.
The coronavirus pandemic prompted Princeton to cancel its in-person graduation ceremony but the school was still holding a virtual one on May 31.
Johnson has an internship over the summer.
In the fall he will go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to get his PhD.
He’ll be studying operations research.
Posted – 5.13.20