The University marks the beginning of each academic year with Opening Exercises which is held in 2018 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, in the University Chapel. The annual interfaith service includes an address by President Christopher L. Eisgruber, and the recognition of academic achievements of undergraduate students.
The Office of the Vice President and Secretary has administrative responsibility for the Board of Trustees of the University, and in this capacity, it coordinates major University academic convocations such as Commencement. In addition, the office has administrative responsibility for the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC).
Princeton traces its founding to a royal charter granted on October 22, 1746, by King George the Second of England. The first Commencement Exercises were held in 1748, in Newark, then home of the College of New Jersey, as Princeton was originally called. Six students were graduated at the first Commencement; in 2016, approximately 1,260 seniors received undergraduate degrees.