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Parents Newsletter, May 2014

Parent Newsletter -- April 2014

Dear Parents,

Commencement Weekend is almost here! Senior parents, please check the important last-minute details below regarding the celebration.

The College's calendar remains full following Commencement too, with Beginnings, Reunion Weekend and plenty of regional chapter events over the summer.

Also be on the lookout for this summer's slate of Welcome Parties. These are excellent opportunities for you and your family to welcome the College's newest students and their families into the F&M community before classes resume in August.

Enjoy your summer!

All the best,

Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations
Franklin & Marshall College

Commencement Weekend 2014

Senior Parents -- Graduation and Beyond

We have some important reminders for senior parents:

  • Plan to arrive on campus by lunchtime Friday, May 9, to take advantage of all the weekend's offerings. Events are detailed in the Commencement Weekend Schedule.
  • If you have friends and family unable to attend the ceremony, be sure to let them know about the live webcast.
  • For the smoothest experience possible, please familiarize yourself with the Commencement Weekend website and its Frequently Asked Questions. Parking and seating maps have been added to the site.
  • If you, or someone in your family, have special needs (for parking or seating), please contact Carole D'Ettorre P'99 ( or 717-358-5916) immediately for special instructions.
  • Plan to arrive early for the graduation ceremony, and be mindful of the weather.

How to keep in touch when you graduate to "Past Parent" status:

  • Though you'll no longer receive this e-newsletter after the June issue, you may subscribe to The Diplomat, a weekly e-mail digest of F&M news.
  • You might also:
  • Bookmark the F&M website to stay up-to-date on campus happenings.
  • Continue to watch Common Hour webcasts.
  • Participate in regional chapter events found on the Parents Website.
  • Read Franklin & Marshall Magazine online.
  • Continue to support the Franklin & Marshall Fund.
  • Meanwhile, you'll likely want to stop receiving emergency alerts. Log in and delete your information here: Opt out of SMS messages by texting STOP to 67283 or 22678

Please encourage your graduate to:

  • Keep in touch with F&M!
  • Let us know of his or her new contact information by e-mailing
  • Visit campus often and attend regional chapter events.
  • Make a gift to F&M each and every year.
Fall 2014 Calendar

Using Summer Wisely -- Advice from the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development

Here are just some of the ways your student can use the summer to secure that coveted opportunity:

1.  Network. Network. Network. Whether reconnecting with friends and family at the beach, enjoying a cup of coffee with a former employer or high school coach, or building a new relationship with an F&M alumnus or alumna in your area, students should take advantage of the ample summer recess to build and strengthen their professional networks. F&M students who do this before senior year increasingly secure post-graduate opportunities well before their peers who do not invest time and effort in making connections. If your student is unsure about how to start this process or how to locate contacts of relevance, he or she can call the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) at 717-291-4084. OSPGD will remain open throughout the summer.

2.  The Job Shadow: Experiencing a Day in the Life. A job shadow offers students the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a professional working in an occupation or organization of interest. The more job shadows a student fits into a summer, the more clarity he or she will have in his or her opportunity search, and the more connections your student will make for post-graduate employment.

3.  Finalizing the Resume and Social Media Brand. Does your student have a resume or curriculum vitae ready to email at a moment's notice? Are your student's LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts reflective of a well-rounded, accomplished college student? If the answer to either of these questions is "no," your student should spend the necessary time over summer recess finalizing a resume or vitae and creating a social media brand consistent with his or her career aspirations.

For more suggestions and assistance with any of these steps, your student can call or make a telephone or Skype appointment with their Student Development Adviser at OSPGD.

Joel Martin, Ph.D.

Spring Semester Grades

Students have been notified that spring semester grades are being posted to their transcripts once per day at 6 a.m. through May 13 (for underclassmen). Students may access their transcripts at any time through the Academics tab on Inside F&M. If students need to provide a record of their transcript to a scholarship organization, etc., they must file a transcript request with the Registrar's Office either in person by visiting Diagnothian Hall or online through the Academics tab on Inside F&M.

Inside F&M

Fiscal Year Ends June 30, 2014

Thanks to so many parents who support the College beyond tuition, room and board, with gifts to the Franklin & Marshall Fund. Your support guarantees the continued growth and momentum of excellent opportunities for our students, and it propels the College toward even broader national and international recognition, increasing the value of your students' diploma. If you have not made a gift during this fiscal year, please consider doing so today.

Upcoming Events

May 3, 2014
F&Mily Day with Boston Duck Tours
Boston, Mass.

May 4, 2014
Summer Shore Kickoff and Clambake
Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

May 17, 2014
F&M Day with the Washington Nationals
Washington, D.C.

May 20, 2014
Central PA Chapter Hosts the Class of 2014 Alumni Launch
Lancaster, Pa.