On May 23, students, friends, and family joined the Princeton Economics Department on campus to celebrate Class Day 2022. The ceremony in McCosh Hall was the first in-person Class Day since 2019, and was a wonderful opportunity to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of the 123 seniors graduating from the department.
During the ceremony, 83 students in the Class of 2022 were acknowledged for earning certificates from other university-wide programs, including six students who earned the Certificate in Political Economy, which is offered jointly with the Department of Politics, and 43 students who earned the Certificate in Finance. The Certificate in Finance is offered jointly with the Department of Operations and Financial Research through the Bendheim Center for Finance.
Economics Department Chair Wolfgang Pesendorfer also awarded seven students with Senior Thesis Prizes–prestigious awards granted each year to students with exceptional final research projects–and acknowledged several faculty and graduate student advisors that supported this year’s seniors throughout their academic journey at Princeton.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Vignesh Panchanatham was celebrated for receiving the Halbert White ‘72 Prize in Economics. The prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding senior economics major, as evidenced by excellence in department coursework and creativity in their Junior Paper and Senior Thesis.
“Vignesh forged an intellectually challenging path throughout his Princeton Economics education by consistently taking and mastering demanding courses and excelling in his Junior Independent Work and Senior Thesis,” said Pesendorfer.
The Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies also awarded prizes to acknowledge the five best policy-relevant theses. Those prizes went to Nelson Dimpter, Yu Jeong Lee, Emily Philippides, Ana Pranger, and Caroline Skinner.
In addition to this year’s Senior Thesis Prize winners, the department congratulated two students whose senior thesis projects were acknowledged by other programs at the university. Katherine Ross earned the Environmental Studies Book Prize in Social Science from the Program in Environmental Studies. Ana Pranger was the second place co-winner of the Suzanne M. Huffman Memorial Senior Thesis Prize Award from the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
The department extends its gratitude to everyone who helped make Class Day 2022 a huge success.
All photos credited to Dan Komoda, Eyesquid Photo.