It is hard to believe that another F&M academic year is coming to a close so soon. Students are working hard to finish the year strong while sewing up their summer plans.
Although it seems far away, we hope you have already saved the date for this fall’s Homecoming & Family Weekend on your calendar: Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28. This will be one of the most important weekends of the year, and it's a unique opportunity for students, alumni and parents to come together to celebrate. So make your hotel and transportation arrangements now to ensure you’ll be a part of the festivities.
Important End-of-Semester Dates
The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and students have a lot on their plates. Here are some important dates to keep in mind, especially if you want to send your students some special words of encouragement when they need it most.
- The last day of classes is Thursday, April 26.
- Reading days occur from Friday, April 27, to Monday, April 30.
- Finals begin Tuesday, May 1. The last day of finals is Saturday, May 5.
- Commencement occurs Saturday, May 12 (read more information about Commencement below).
Compelling Speaker Paul Tough on Campus April 16
Parents are invited to join us at F&M for an exciting free event later this month:
“Transforming Obstacles Into Opportunities: An Evening with Paul Tough”
Monday, April 16
Bonchek Lecture Hall
Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building
We are grateful to F&M Trustee Kenneth Mehlman ’88 and the Mehlman Talent Initiative for the opportunity to bring Paul Tough to campus.
Tough is the author of “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why,” “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character” and “Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.” He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and a speaker on various topics including education, poverty, parenting and politics.
Tough challenges the belief that intelligence is the sole predictor of how well a child will do in school and in life. In “How Children Succeed,” he ushered in a tidal change in thinking with his argument that curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control and grit are better indicators of success than IQ.
Commencement 2018 -- Saturday, May 12
Graduation weekend is just five weeks away! It was announced last week that U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is our 2018 Commencement speaker. We are thrilled to have Senator Booker speaking to and inspiring our graduates as they begin their post-collegiate journeys. Be sure to visit the Commencement website, which includes more information about the weekend, including a detailed schedule of events, parking information, frequently asked questions and more.
Whether the ceremony is outside on Hartman Green or inside the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center (ASFC) due to weather, there is no limit to the number of seats available for families during the ceremony and no tickets are required. If inside, the ASFC doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. program.
New on the Commencement Weekend schedule this year is the Honorary Degree Recipients Panel Discussion Friday, May 11, at 3:15 p.m. in Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. All graduates, families and friends are invited to attend this discussion with honorees Charles Lieber '81, a pioneer in nanoscience and nanotechnology, Nicole Hurd, founder and CEO of College Advising Corps, and Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of health and physician general for Pennsylvania.
Confirm your hotel or on-campus reservations and make restaurant reservations now. Helpful information on these topics is also available on the Commencement Website.
Important note: if you or anyone in your family has limited mobility and needs special parking and/or seating accommodations, please contact Carole D’Ettorre in College Advancement (firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-358-5916) by Friday, April 27, to request assistance.
Upcoming Financial Aid Deadline
The deadline to apply for need-based financial aid during the 2018-2019 academic year is April 30. This process applies only to U.S. citizens and non-F1-visa students.
Franklin & Marshall partners with an off-campus company to provide storage options to meet the needs of our students over the summer break. If your student could benefit from these services, please keep the following in mind:
- There is no limit to the quantity of items to be stored.
- Perishable items are not accepted.
- Students are not permitted to store items in College-owned buildings.
- We strongly recommend that students use standardized packing cartons, which will be available for sale this month at Ben’s Underground. The uniform size of these cartons allows for the most efficient and cost-effective storage.
For a cost breakdown, forms and more information, please visit this page.
From F&M’s Dining Services
Want to send your student a little something special as the end of the semester approaches? Check out the Dining Services website to place your order today for study snacks that range from subs to pizzas and Rice Krispie treats to cookies.
Rechargeable meals are the perfect solution to refuel and re-energize at the end of the academic year. Students have the option to get five, 10 or 15 more meals added to their block plans already in place. To add rechargeable meals with your credit card, please contact Student Accounts in the Business Office by calling (717) 358-4213 or emailing email@example.com.
Dining Services has three more Wednesday lunchtime Hot Spots to look forward to. On April 11, there will be a healthy fruit bar, a soft pretzel bar on April 18, and Ellis Coffee will be on campus April 25 to introduce some of the smoothies they offer.
The final Kosher Fest of the semester is April 19; this time it will be a Taco Fest in the KIVO location. Surf & Turf day is Thursday, April 26, when students can enjoy all-you-can-eat crab legs and prime rib.
The following Monday, April 30, faculty and staff will be joining Dining Services after the dinner hour to set up for Flapjack Fest. Doors will reopen at 9 p.m. (and close at midnight) when faculty will serve all sorts of breakfast foods to get students prepared for their finals, which start May 1. This very popular event is free of charge to students.
As always, check out the F&M Dining social media channels and website for further details on all of our upcoming events and to learn more about the “Did You Know” campaign where Dining Services discusses topics involving health knowledge, local efforts and sustainability efforts.
Come Together With the F&M Community
Last month, the College community came together to support Diplomat Athletics during Raise Our Game, F&M's annual monthlong campaign to raise funds for our 27 varsity teams. Many thanks to those of you who made a gift to one (or more) of the teams.
Currently, we also have efforts from alumni volunteers to reunite with their classmates to make a significant class gift during their reunion year. And we have members of other key groups -- the African American Alumni Council, the LGBTQ Alumni Council, the F&M Council for Women -- who are actively connecting with their fellow alumni and friends of the College, too. These are just a few examples of how the F&M community comes together every day for the advancement of this great liberal arts institution.
Support from their F&Mily truly means so much to our students. Every gift, whether directed to support athletics, financial aid or a general gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund, ultimately benefits every student. If you haven't yet had the chance to make your annual gift, I hope you will consider making a contribution today. Thank you!
Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni
A Private Concert at the Jazz Gallery with Harry Allen
New York City
A Foodie Tour of Philadelphia's Chinatown with Jamie Shanker '07
The F&Mily Celebrate Springtime at Drumlin Farm
F&M Day at the Theo Chocolate Factory