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Princeton commencement speech

Archer reads Cochrane's commencement speech. Image of Cochrane and graduating Class of 2063 shown in lower right corner.

Princeton University was an institution of higher learning located in the New Jersey region of Earth's North American continent. The university had a water polo team.

During Jonathan Archer's youth, Princeton's water polo team competed against a team Archer was playing in, in the North American regionals. When there was less than a minute of the game left, Princeton was winning by two goals, though Archer still thought his team could win. Princeton indeed lost the game. Years later, he asked Commander Charles Tucker III to voice this memory, when they became stuck in the body of a symbiotic lifeform that caused them to be able to read each other's minds. (ENT: "Vox Sola")

In the final draft script of "Vox Sola", this reference to Princeton was instead to Arizona.

In 2063, Zefram Cochrane made a commencement address at Princeton, discussing what really happened regarding the flight of the Phoenix, including a cryptic remark about "cybernetic creatures from the future." Due to Cochrane's penchant for both imaginative stories and intoxication, the revelation was not taken seriously, and he recanted it some years later. (ENT: "Regeneration")

Several Star Trek cast members attended Princeton, including DS9 guest star Grace Zandarski.

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