The Cap History Project


The first 60 years of Cap history have been recorded in a treasured volume covering the years from 1890-1950. Sixty years later, it’s time to update the History of Cap and Gown. We are embarking on an ambitious project to republish our first 60-year history and add a second volume for the years 1950 to the present.

This is your chance to have your memories recorded for posterity. Please volunteer to help with this great undertaking. We need Cap alums to help write articles, collect photos, and send in their best and most memorable stories from their years at Cap and Gown.

Visit the Cap History Project to learn more and see sample section write-ups for 1969 and 1980.

The Cap History Project Committee

Tom Fleming ’69
Lisa Schmucki ’74
Jane Fleming Fransson ’00
Sophie Harkins ’15
Dennis Normile, Club Steward
Jotham Johnson ’64, Advisor
Royce Flippin ’56, Advisor

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Reunions | Connect with Cap Women Cocktail Party

The graduating senior women of Cap and Gown looked lovely dressed in white, joining us after taking their 2013 Cap Women group photo.  Their exuberance brought the right amount of energy to the start off the party.

Women from the Classes of 1971 – 1975 shared stories of when there were far fewer women in the club and the special bond they had formed with their fellow members.

Meanwhile, women from the Class of 1993 and 1994 braved the heat and caught up while enjoying the beautiful new balcony.

Class of 2003 Women, back for their 10th Reunion mixed it up in the Library swapping stories with women back for their 5th to 40th Reunions.

A special thank you to Akila Raman-Vaseghi ’04 for having the idea for the party and for hosting and also to Kathleen Boon ’02 who helped host, and capture the images below.

Lisa and Akila Cap Women 73 - 03 action Cap Women 71 - 04 Cap Women 12 Cap Women '93

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Are You Coming for Reunions?

Check out the weekend schedule:

Thursday May 30
- Class of 1970 dinner at 6:30 pm
- Cap on Tap 9 pm to 1:30 pm

Friday May 31
- Cocktail party for Cap Women from 4 – 6 pm
- Class of 1985 dinner at 6:30 pm
- Cap on Tap 9 pm to 12 am

Saturday June 1
- Class of 1953 breakfast at 8 am
- Brunch for members and alumni 11:30 – 1:30 pm
- OPEN HOUSE after the P-Rade with live music, wine and beer, and a station party dinner for members and alumni. 3 – 6pm
- Cap on Tap 9 pm to 12 am

Sunday June 2
- Cap will be closed

See you there!

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Cap Night at PCNY

Thanks to everyone that joined us at Cap and Gown Night at the Princeton Club of New York!  The night was filled with friends, food, drinks, and many stories – past and present – from our time at Cap.

It was a beautiful night in the city and a great way to connect our undergrads with our alumni.

If you weren’t able to make it, mark your calendars for Reunions – we’ll see you June 1st!

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Three Cheers for our Cap Olympians

By Jotham Johnson ’64

2012-Summer-Olympics-Opening-CeremonyWe are very proud to report that at the London Olympics last summer, four of the 16 Princetonians competing in the Olympics were Cap & Gowners, and 3 of the 4 medaled! Rowers Andreanne Morin ’06 and Lauren Wilkinson ’11 earned Silver Medals as members of the Canadian Eight, and soccer player Diana Matheson ’08 scored the loan goal for Canada in their Bronze Medal-winning game against France. Donn Cabral ’12, who earlier in the summer won the NCAA Championship in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finished 8th in the Olympic steeplechase.

Some of us also might recall that Jed Graef ’64 won the Gold Medal in the 200 Backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964; that Ross Wales ’69 won a Bronze Medal in the 100 Butterfly at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968; and Nelson Diebel ’96 won the Gold Medal in the 100 Breaststroke in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Any Cap members who can give us more information on any other Cap Olympians, from 1896 onwards, please send a note with any recollections to me at
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Come for Cap Night at the Princeton Club of NY


May 8th from 6 – 9pm
15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

Gather with fellow Cap members for a night out on the town. Meet some of today’s undergraduate members. It’s a great way to Connect-to-Cap in the city.

Hors d’oeuvres
Complimentary beer and wine
Cash bar for cocktails

$20 per person (classes in the 2000s)
$40 per person (classes 1999 and earlier)


Many thanks to the Princeton Club of NY for making this evening possible.

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In the Cap Spotlight | Lizzy Pierce

16828Lizzy Pierce is a senior in Cap and Gown and the outgoing Bicker Chair.  She is also a center fielder on the Tiger softball team and named a First-Team All-Ivy League selection.  She has helped the Tigers to a 6-3 record so far this year and recorded her seventh homerun in the team’s trip to Florida to open the season.

Check out an interview with Lizzy in The Prince.

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Cap Gear Store Open | Now through March 17th

Order Your Cap and Gown Merchandise Now!


The Cap Merchandise Store is Open for Orders until March 17th at midnight

The Cap and Gown Club’s Online Gear Store is up and running.  Check out the wide selection of clothing and other items containing the Cap and Gown logo– now for sale!

These items will only be available for a limited time– so don’t miss this opportunity!

Merchandise includes everything from shirts, sweats and hoodies to shooters, flasks, scarves, and more– there is something for everyone!

Place your order at the Cap and Gown Gear Store

Place your orders by March 17th!

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199 Bicker Cap and Gown!


Featured in The Daily Princetonian, an article about Bicker – showing Cap and Gown with the highest number of bickerees on Prospect.  Cap accepted 95 new members.

Read the full article online here.

Welcome to all of our new members!

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Powers-Hall Tap Room Party and Bonfire!

Bill Powers ’79 and Katie Hall ’80 hosted an amazing party for all Cap members on Saturday to celebrate the inauguration of the Powers-Hall Tap Room.

The day began with a tailgate behind the club on a perfect day.  Princeton hosted Dartmouth for the final game of the season, and although they didn’t win this one, they won the big 3 this year, beating Harvard and Yale to earn a Bonfire on Cannon Green.

Click here to watch the BONFIRE!

After the game we had a celebration in the taproom with a very special wine bar with fine selections provided by the Corkscrew in Princeton; then an exceptional buffet dinner with station themes – the “Marshall Plan” (for met and potatoes), the “Athenian” for Greek entrees, the “Annex” for Italian – and lots more.

At 7pm everyone headed to the Bonfire on Cannon Green.

Back at Cap afterwards, we had some celebratory remarks and toasts with champagne and dessert.

And last, but not least, “capping” off the evening in the Tap Room where undergrads and alums shared in some memorable activities!

The fun, love, and energy in the building was over the top.  We thank Bill and Katie for hosting an incredible party that reflects how much we all enjoy being together with our Cap friends!

This weekend was also a VERY special weekend for Princeton Field Hockey winning the first ever NCAA championship in field hockey for ANY Ivy League team.  Read about it in the Daily Princetonian.

See all the photos from the event!

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