6/10/2019 Peter Durantine

Blue Skies for Friends, Family and Faculty on Alumni Weekend

Franklin & Marshall graduates strolled along sun-dappled walkways, marched with their class-year banners raised high under a crystal-blue sky, and shared memories at various corners of campus during the College’s annual Alumni Weekend, held June 7-9.  

Classes with graduation years ending in a 4 or a 9 gathered for reunions. One milestone celebrated was the 50th Class Reunion of the Class of 1969. That class graduated just a few weeks before F&M became a coeducational institution; 82 first-year women and 34 women transfers enrolled that autumn.

During the weekend, alumni and their families found plenty of things to do, from a lecture on the construction of the campus between 1853 and 2019 by David Schuyler, the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and American Studies, to golf outings, behind-the-scenes tours of the Phillips Museum, dinners and evening socials. 

Saturday brought the Nevonian Induction Breakfast; the Reunion Class Parade, which this year began at the Steinman College Center; the Alumni Celebration, when several alumni were honored with awards; and the Alumni Weekend Picnic under blue-and-white tents on Hartman Green.

View some of the weekend highlights:

  • Franklin & Marshall President Barbara Altmann and Alumni Board President Dr. Jack Shilling present the Nevonian Medal to Richard Gherst II C.P.A. ’64. Franklin & Marshall President Barbara Altmann and Alumni Board President Dr. Jack Shilling present the Nevonian Medal to Richard Gherst II C.P.A. ’64. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Alumni gather for the Reunion Class Parade inside the Steinman College Center. Alumni gather for the Reunion Class Parade inside the Steinman College Center. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Student volunteers lead the Reunion Class Parade to Hensel Hall. Student volunteers lead the Reunion Class Parade to Hensel Hall. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • At the Alumni Celebration, Peter Deutsch ’84 and Peter Schaffer ’84 each received the Alumni Citation. At the Alumni Celebration, Peter Deutsch ’84 and Peter Schaffer ’84 each received the Alumni Citation. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Friends find a corner of campus to share memories. Friends find a corner of campus to share memories. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Professor David Schuyler talks about the construction of the campus since 1853. Professor David Schuyler talks about the construction of the campus since 1853. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Members of the Class of 1964 join other alumni at the barbecue picnic on Hartman Green. Members of the Class of 1964 join other alumni at the barbecue picnic on Hartman Green. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Celebrating their 50th reunion, the members of the Class of 1969 sit for a photo. Celebrating their 50th reunion, the members of the Class of 1969 sit for a photo. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • At Shadek Studium, a spectacular fireworks show tops off the evening. At Shadek Studium, a spectacular fireworks show tops off the evening. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • The band at the Alumni Weekend Blue & White Bash in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center gets people dancing into the night. The band at the Alumni Weekend Blue & White Bash in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center gets people dancing into the night. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
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