Commencement 2017 has come and gone, and this is the last F&M parents e-newsletter our graduates’ parents will receive. But be assured that, even as “past parents,” you forever remain part of the F&Mily! We encourage you to peruse the College’s website to stay apprised of F&M happenings and to participate in F&M on- and off-campus events. And we hope all past parents continue to support the Franklin & Marshall Fund every year.
Key messages for parents to pass along to their new graduates:
- Wherever you land, connect with fellow F&M graduates for professional and social networking, reminiscing and fun. There is a strong bond among Diplomats!
- Attend Homecoming & Family Weekend every fall and Alumni Weekend every spring.
- Continue to use the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development throughout your career -- especially during the early years of employment and graduate school transitions.
- Make a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund every year -- even small gifts from alumni make a major difference!
For parents with students in the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020, we look forward to seeing your students back on campus in the fall! Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 30.
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations and Campaign Initiatives
We had a wonderful Commencement Weekend last month at F&M! Although the wet weather forced us inside for the Commencement ceremony, nothing dampened the positive spirit and joy of our graduates, their families and the entire F&M community.
I’m eager to draw your attention to some of the highlights of the weekend. I hope you will visit these pages to take a further glimpse into this momentous occasion.
- Wanda Austin '75, an aerospace pioneer and one of the first African-American women to graduate from F&M, delivered an inspiring commencement address reminding graduates that the one constant in a changing world is change itself.
- Williamson Medalist Tekla Iashagashvili '17 discussed her desire to return home and better her country.
- President Porterfield offered a moving talk, “Why I Believe."
- View the Commencement Weekend photos in this web story and watch the wonderful highlights video here.
Make Your Impact Today
For most, June signals the beginning of summer, but for Franklin & Marshall, this month marks the end of our fiscal year, which runs July 1 – June 30. I hope you will consider joining the more than 8,000 donors who have supported F&M so far this fiscal year by making your gift today. If you like, you can take this opportunity to make a gift in honor of your student and his or her hard work.
June 30 is quickly approaching, so don't delay; the time to make an impact is now. Visit this page to make your gift today.
Help Us Welcome Our Newest Families This Summer
Each summer, Franklin & Marshall students, parents, alumni and friends gather at regional "Welcome Parties" in honor of our newest students and their families. Please plan to join us at one of the many locations.
Current parents and students play a critical role in welcoming the newest members of the F&Mily at these events. New parents appreciate the opportunity to hear from current parents about the F&M experience, and it is extremely valuable for new students to interact with current students. We hope to see you at one or more of these fun, casual events. Visit the Welcome Party site (fandm.edu/welcome21) for more details and to RSVP.
Summer Student Research
This summer, 89 students will remain on campus to pursue summer research projects, including 72 Hackman scholars. We are incredibly proud to be able to offer students the chance to engage in collaborative research with faculty every year. Not every college offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to have these sorts of hands-on experiences -- to potentially share a byline on published articles or to attend conferences. These opportunities are priceless.
To pursue collaborative research projects, F&M students typically seek out opportunities with professors during the fall semester and, after rigorous application and proposal processes, begin their research projects after final exams in May. Franklin & Marshall is thrilled to offer many talented students Hackman Scholarships, which provide stipends that allow for on-campus living and working during the summer. Often, students extend their research into the academic year and work alongside professors in independent research courses.
Last year, summer scholars conditioned computers to make the right decisions, explored the South African skies, and examined whether living with two languages could make you smarter. Without F&M’s dedicated faculty, who are committed to student development and achievement, students would not have such great opportunities to explore their communities and their world, or to stretch their minds. If you're on campus this fall, be sure to attend the Fall Research Fair to learn what students and faculty discovered this summer!
The Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development is Open Throughout the Summer
It can be challenging for students to prioritize their post-college planning during the hectic semester schedule. Summertime can provide a much-needed period to take a step back and consider future opportunities. The Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) remains open and available throughout the summer for in-person or virtual meetings and support.
Is Your Student Reading Emails?
As you may know, it’s difficult to get students’ attention these days. At F&M, we continue to rely on email as our key communication tool with students. We ask that, as members of this community, they take the responsibility to open, read and respond to messages.
Here are two examples of opportunities students could miss if they’ve been ignoring their inbox:
- The Diplomatic Congress welcomes students to apply to become student representatives on Board of Trustee committees and faculty committees. Yes, you read that correctly: F&M students have the opportunity to be members of trustee and faculty committees -- to participate in key discussions that affect the day-to-day and long-term strategies of the College. Links to the applications (deadline June 20) were sent to students via email.
- The Executive Board of the Benjamin Franklin Financial Services Honor Society (FSHS) recently emailed students encouraging them to apply for this active student-run organization that is made up of ambitious, passionate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the financial services industry. The FSHS has an impressive agenda and boasts success in terms of its members securing internships and full-time positions. Application instructions (deadline Aug. 25) also were sent to students via email.
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