They’ve endured a global pandemic and all the uncertainty that followed. Now, members of Franklin & Marshall College’s Class of 2021 will be honored for their perseverance and academic excellence during an in-person Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, outdoors at Lancaster’s Clipper Stadium.
The program will include a combination of live and virtual components. The event will be livestreamed and recorded to allow the entire Class of 2021 (in-person and remote), their families and friends, and the F&M community to join in the celebration.
The in-person event at Clipper Stadium will be held rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, the ceremony will move indoors to the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center and will be restricted to graduates only. No matter its location, the Commencement ceremony is not open to the public.
All 2021 graduates, including those who graduated early or studied remotely this spring, have been invited to participate in person or remotely via Zoom. To maintain physical distancing protocols, guest attendance is strictly limited to the graduates and their pre-registered guests only. All risk-mitigation strategies, including masking and physical distancing, will be required of all participants. Clipper Stadium's COVID-19 safety policies can be found here.
Speakers and Honorees
The May 15 ceremony will feature Commencement speaker James “Jim” Stengel, business leader, author, professor and public speaker. Stengel, a Lancaster native, graduated from Franklin & Marshall in 1977. After 25 years leading marketing efforts at Procter & Gamble, he founded the Jim Stengel Company, a consultancy committed to ideals-driven businesses and brands.
Honorary degree recipients include Sonya Clark and Beverly “Peggy” Steinman.
Clark is a celebrated artist and professor of art and the history of art at Amherst College. Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 museums and galleries globally. F&M’s Phillips Museum of Art commenced its spring 2020 exhibition season with “Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom,” the artist’s large-scale fabric installation created specifically for the Dana Gallery.
Steinman is a pillar of the Lancaster community, having served more than 50 years as a community leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist to guide the city’s successful revitalization. She presently serves as co-chair of the Steinman Foundation, which has contributed $90 million to more than 330 local organizations over the past 65 years.
College administrators continue to update the Commencement website with the latest information.