Jim Sweeny Honored by Princeton University


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Hugh B. "Jim" Sweeny, Jr., with Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman

Jim Sweeny-Princeton Alumnus Honoree

Hugh B. "Jim" Sweeny, Jr. served Junior Achievement for more than 32 years, including many years as National Program Director. During his tenure, Sweeny managed and expanded the National Junior Achievers Conference (NAJAC) from 60 participants in 1948 to more than 3,000 delegates in 1977. On June 1, 2013, Jim was honored as the oldest living member (98 years old) of the oldest graduating class (1935) at the annual Princeton University Alumni celebration. At a special Old Guard luncheon hosted by dignitaries of the University, Jim was awarded membership in the Society of the Claw, which bestows upon the recipient a Claw cane dating back to 1863. Watch a video of the award ceremony and his speech by clicking here.

Claw cane in tow, Jim led a parade (P-rade) before 25,000 eager Princeton graduates and their supporters. The roar of the crowd cheering him on was deafening (no exaggeration) as he was driven through the mile-long parade route to the stadium. What an honor! Congratulations, Jim!

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Jim & Johnny waiting to lead the P-rade at the annual Princeton University Alumni celebration on June 1, 2013

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