Throughout the 2012-2013 Academic Year, Franklin & Marshall College celebrated its 225th anniversary. The video "F&M's 225th: Highlights of a Year-long Celebration" captures the pride, joy and exultation as the College community honored F&M's legacy and toasted its future.
The theme of the 225th anniversary celebration was "Beyond 225: Inspired for Life." Students, faculty, professional staff, alumni and friends of the College came together for festivities that began with Convocation and included concerts, lectures, a New York gala, fireworks and a baseball game, a Lancaster Celebration, and an anniversary theme for the College's annual Dipnic employee picnic. The spring semester schedule was highlighted by the Rite of Spring Centennial performances, which included dance, lectures, musical performances, film, and an exhibition in the College's Phillips Museum.
The anniversary also was the focus of the College's biggest ceremonies that drew families from across the country to join in the celebration: Commencement, Homecoming and Family Weekend in October, and Reunion that brought alumni back to campus in early June, which was the culmination of the celebration.
"This was a memorable year of celebrating the academic excellence, creation of knowledge, service to the community, and strong relationships with our alumni, parents and friends that has built F&M's legacy as a national liberal arts college for more than 225 years," College President Daniel R. Porterfield said. "And the celebration of these values does not end here. The theme of the year, 'Beyond 225' demonstrates that we as a community are committed to the lifelong success of current and future students and graduates of F&M. Beyond this year, we remain dedicated to inspiring our students for life."
The anniversary celebration was shaped by a planning committee composed of faculty, students and professional staff.
"The 225th Anniversary Planning Committee wishes to thank all of those on campus and beyond who worked to make this celebratory year such a success," said Debbie Martin '72, director of special events and assistant secretary of the College. Martin co-chaired the anniversary planning committee with Lisa Wolfe, associate director of F&M's Ware Institute of Civic Engagement.
"Thank you for all of the effort, joy and spirit that was exhibited by our students, faculty, professional staff, alumni, parents and friends on campus and beyond this year in honor of this historic milestone."