Canadian Who Is Princeton's First Black Valedictorian Got A Shout Out From The PM
Way to go Nicholas Johnson!
This is pretty amazing! Nicholas Johnson, Princeton University's first black valedictorian, is Canadian and he's getting lots of love online. The grad even got congratulated by the Prime Minister.
Johnson, who concentrated his studies in operations research and financial engineering, was named valedictorian of Princeton's Class of 2020 at the end of April.
That makes the Montreal native the first black valedictorian in the university's 274-year history.
With this honour, Johnson will participate in Princeton's virtual commencement ceremony on May 31 and give a speech to the graduating class.
He had recently tweeted, "thank you everyone for the warm regards! My journey has only been possible because of the countless people who have supported and inspired me along the way."
A couple of days after that was posted, the Prime Minister saw it and responded to it.
Justin Trudeau took to Twitter on May 13 to congratulate Johnson on his historic accomplishment.
"Nick, you're making history and leading the way for so many," Trudeau said. "Congratulations on this achievement - Canadians are proud of you and we can’t wait to see what you do next."
He also wished the grad good luck on his speech at the ceremony.
The congratulations don't stop there.
Johnson also got a shout out on Twitter from former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.
She also went to Princeton and congratulated the Montrealer on making history at the university.
"I have a feeling this is just the beginning for you, and I cannot wait to see everything you continue to achieve," Obama said.
Obama was right, this is just the beginning for Johnson.
He's headed to MIT for Ph.D. studies in operations research.
Before taking Princeton by storm, Johnson went to school in Westmount, Quebec.