August 15, 2012
Dear Members of the Franklin & Marshall College Community:
As we wrap up this summer, Franklin & Marshall prepares to mark the historic occasion of the 225th anniversary of our first academic year.
On July 16, 1787, in the humble surroundings of a brew house on Mifflin Street in the borough of Lancaster, Franklin College held its first classes. While the College labored to develop long-term strength over the next few decades, a commitment to perseverance helped the College endure and merge 66 years later with Marshall College.
In the 225 years since the first class of 114 students helped establish the College as one of the earliest institutions of higher learning in the country, F&M has grown into a renowned liberal arts college with a national reputation for excellence in educating students from around the world.
We'll mark this anniversary with a yearlong celebration that will begin with Convocation on August 28 and end with Reunion 2013 in June. During this year, we will celebrate 225 years of academic excellence and scholarship, service to the community, building enduring networks of support among our many constituencies, and a commitment to propel our students to lifetimes of meaning and achievement beyond their years at F&M.
An anniversary planning committee of faculty, professional staff and students has established "Beyond 225: Inspired for Life" as the theme of the 225th celebration. It truly reflects the imperative that drives us to grow F&M's greatness beyond what we can even imagine today, and to contribute to the lifelong success of generations of F&M students and alumni to come.
The committee, which was convened last spring, worked over the summer to plan a calendar of events that will bring together alumni, faculty, professional staff, students, families and friends throughout the year. We hope that all members of the F&M family join us for a kickoff Barnstormers baseball game with fireworks at Clipper Stadium on Friday, September 14, at 7 p.m. There also will be programs during Homecoming and Family Weekend in October, a 225th Anniversary Celebration in downtown Lancaster and an alumni event in New York in November, and academic and arts programs throughout the year.
I'm excited that John Carbon, F&M's Richard S. and Ann B. Barshinger Professor of Music, has written a special musical score for the 225th that will premiere at Convocation, conducted by Brian Norcross, conductor of instrumental ensembles. The 225th Anniversary Committee has posted details and a list of activities on a website dedicated to the 225th anniversary: www.fandm.edu/225.
This is an exciting year. Please join in the celebration of F&M's history, present and future.
Daniel R. Porterfield
President, Franklin & Marshall College