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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 [...]

Tours Offer Gustatory and Wildlife Adventures

The Idyllic Islands and Majestic Shores of Croatia & Montenegro
June 26–July 4
With Chef Giuliano Hazan ’81 and Professor of Political Science Carol Nackenoff
Join alumni and friends for a voyage to Croatia and Montenegro that combines the cultural and the culinary. Explore great cities such as Dubrovnik, Croatia, where there’s an architectural masterpiece on every street [...]

Sesquicentennial Book Tour Kicks Off this Spring

Join President Rebecca Chopp, faculty, administrators, and alumni panelists for discussions around the country of Swarthmore College: A Community of Purpose. Key themes in the book—including the College’s Quaker roots, intentional community, and academic tradition—will provide jumping-off points for conversation.
Upcoming Conversations
Washington, D.C.—April 23
Boston—May 6
Princeton, N.J.—May 13
Additional cities will be added in the fall. Check [...]

Alumni Share Reflections on Reunions Past

In honor of Swarthmore’s sesquicentennial, alumni, regardless of class year, are invited to attend the All-Alumni Weekend, June 6–8. In anticipation of this unprecedented reunion, we asked a few reunion regulars three important questions. Below are excerpts from a few of these conversations. To read more from these discussions, or share your answers, visit
Why [...]

Group Forms to Empower Black Alumni and Students

By Amanda Whitbred

What began as an email from Marilyn Holifield ’69 to a small group of friends and classmates last spring has become the fledgling Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN), which held its inaugural event during Garnet Weekend, Oct. 4–6.
“There is a wealth of experience out there that can be supportive of students and other alumni in [...]