Commencement 2021

Lux et Lex Walk

Tuesday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hartman Green (immediately following The Last Lecture)

Departing seniors will conduct their final march in their regalia across campus and through the “Lux et Lex” archway to symbolize their transition from students to alumni. As the graduates parade through campus, faculty, professional staff, and students in other class years will line the route to cheer on the Class of 2021.

The archway at Klauder Apple Wallway is located between Dietz and Meyran halls. The brick columns supporting the arch contain eight bricks taken from Old Main that the Class of 2008 chose to represent the College's core values: community, innovation, excellence, leadership, service, loyalty, philanthropy and tradition. In the metal arch is F&M's motto: "Lux et Lex" (Latin for Light and Law).

A plaque on one of the arch's column's reads, in part: "May all who pass through this archway fondly remember their time at Franklin & Marshall."


The 234th Commencement for the Class of 2021

Saturday, May 15, 10:00 a.m.

Clipper Stadium, Lancaster

Commencement will take place outdoors, rain or shine, at Clipper Stadium, near campus; the program will include a combination of live and virtual components.   

9:15 a.m.  Graduate Check-In


Senior Week Activities

All residential and commuter students may participate in the on-campus senior week events. Remote seniors may join us for the virtual events. Registration and ticket purchase information will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact Marissa Witmer '21 at

Block Party

Sunday, May 2, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ASFC North Parking Lot

The kickoff block party will include music, bubble soccer competitions, tie-dye, lawn games, beverages, and food trucks from Grilly Cheese, Upohar, and Sugar Whipped Bakery! Come out for conversation, food and drinks, and some very intense games of bubble soccer, corn hole, kan jam and more!

Campus Pet Show

Monday, May 3, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hartman Green

Senior Class is hosting a pet show open to all students on campus! Enter to show your dog, cat, iguana, pet fish, pet rock... First prize is $50, second prize is $25 and third prize is $15. The form to register your pet will be coming out soon. This event will also be accessible on IG Live @fandm_2021 and remote students can view and vote for their favorite animal virtually!

Last Lecture and Lux et Lex Walk

Tuesday, May 4, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Hartman Green

Come out for lunch provided by Lancaster Burger and Good Life Ice Cream, then settle in for our iconic Last Lecture "The Perils of Political Inequality" presented by Dr. Prithviraj Datta. There will also be a special dedication to Dr. Michael Billig. The Last Lecture will be livestreamed. This event will be immediately followed by the traditional Lux et Lex Walk.

Last Meal at D-Hall

Wednesday, May 5, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Catering Suite

Join your classmates for one final meal! RSVP for this event is mandatory.

Senior Bonfire

Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

ASFC North Field

Finish out Senior Week with the much anticipated Senior Bonfire! There will be music, beverages, and food from Auntie Anne's Pretzels and Bricker's French Fries!