Students Welcomed to Campus with Events & Worship

President Barnes encourages students, “Restore the garden that you’ve let go to weeds”
Wide Image Orientation 2017

With bundles and boxes, excitement and passion, new students were welcomed to campus and settled into their dorms and apartments. They’ve come from across the U.S. and from several countries around the world, and bring many gifts that will enrich the Seminary community. Classes began on September 8.

During orientation week, students met classmates, faculty, and administrators. Social and educational events were held throughout the week—Seminaryfest, plenary sessions with professors, a trip to explore The Farminary, a reception with President Barnes, and worship.

View photos from Convocation

View photos from Orientation, Opening Communion, and Seminaryfest

Listen to Dr. Lapsley's Opening Convocation Address
That’s why we call him Savior. You have to give him the weeds.

In his Opening Communion sermon, “Weeds in the Garden,” (Matthew 13:24–30) President Barnes told students, “We hear often about engaging the call to engage the mission of Christ or to advocate for social justice. To advocate for these things is not hard. To want to do these things is not hard. It’s the doing that is hard…. You have to give your whole life to God. Not just the parts you are proud of. Not just the righteous parts. You have to give the parts you are most ashamed of giving him. That’s why we call him Savior. You have to give him the weeds. It will not free you from the weeds. It will free you from the preoccupation with them, so that you can get back to being useful.”

Listen to President Barnes' Opening Communion Sermon

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Bethel AME Church, Pennington, New Jersey

Gregory Smith, Class of 2015

“Princeton Seminary helped me think critically and understand the relationship that humanity has with religion—historically, emotionally, and spiritually.”