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Sesquicentennial Alumni Weekend, June 6–8

A record 2,700 alumni and friends enjoyed Alumni Weekend, with festivities designed for all graduates in this sesquicentennial year. They came from across the United States and 24 other countries. Here are a few scenes from that memorable occasion. For more on the All-Alumni Weekend, click here.
Photos by Laurence Kesterson, except the Cabaret photo, which is [...]

Day of Giving Draws Many Donors

By Randall Frame

No one knew quite what to expect on May 1, the first day of giving in the College’s 150-year history. The effort was dubbed “Spring for Swarthmore,” and, when all was said and done, more than 2,400 people did just that, nearly tripling the goal for the day of 864 donors. Almost 400 first-time donors [...]

Lifelong Learning Offerings

Boston (new location)
Faulkner’s Masterpieces—Philip Weinstein, Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor Emeritus of English Literature
Mondays, 6:45–9:15 p.m.
Sept. 15–Nov. 3

New York
Beethoven—Thomas Whitman ‘82, professor of music
Tuesdays, 6:45–9:15 p.m.
Sept. 9–Nov. 4 (except Oct. 14)

Unruly Passion: Eros in Classical Literature—Gil Rose, Susan Lippincott Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages
Mondays, 7–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 8–Oct. 27

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Purposeful Conversations Take Off

By Amanda Whitbred

In an era when the value of a liberal arts education is often debated, how is Swarthmore meeting the challenge? This was one of the issues explored by a panel of alumni and faculty members at a regional alumni event in Washington, D.C., April 24, attended by more than 50 alumni and guests.
The panel [...]

Honorary Degree Nominations Sought

If you know a classmate or other alum who you believe should be nominated for an honorary degree, the Honorary Degree Committee encourages you to submit nominations to Honorary Degree Committee, Office of the Secretary, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081-1390 or contact Nancy Nicely, secretary of the College, at Please enclose [...]

Swatties unite across the country through service

As part of the College’s sesquicentennial celebration, alumni in eight cities participated in the first Collection of Service this spring. An Alumni Council/Alumni Connections initiative, the Collection of Service aims to highlight the volunteer work countless alumni already provide to their local communities and to bring alumni together for a day of service that promotes [...]