4/04/2019 Office of Parent Relations

April 2019

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 student some special words of encouragement when he or she needs it most.

  • The last day of classes is Thursday, April 25.
  • Reading days occur from Friday, April 26, to Monday, April 29.
  • Finals begin Tuesday, April 30. The last day of finals is Saturday, May 4.
  • Commencement occurs Saturday, May 11 (read more information about Commencement below).


Summer Storage Information 

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 at Ben’s Underground. The uniform size of these cartons allows for the most efficient and cost-effective storage.

For a cost breakdown, including a “pack and store” option that offers students the service of a storage company employee packing their personal effects, forms and more information, please visit the storage information page


Commencement 2019 -- Saturday, May 11 

Graduation weekend is just five weeks away! Keep your eyes open for the announcement of our 2019 Commencement speaker, which will be shared in the coming weeks. Also, 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 due to weather, there is no limit to the number of seats available for families during the ceremony and no tickets are required. The Commencement program begins at 10 a.m.

Don’t forget to join us for the Honorary Degree Recipients Panel Discussion Friday, May 10, at 3:15 p.m. in Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. All graduates, families and friends are invited to attend this discussion with the honorees.

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 P’99 in College Advancement (cdettorr@fandm.edu or 717-358-5916) by Friday, April 26, to request assistance.


End-of-Semester Dining News 

It’s hard to believe that it’s already April. Your student has just a few more weeks left of his or her semester -- and still needs to eat! If needed, student meal plans can be recharged by contacting the business office at (717) 358-4213 or sending an email to business.office@fandm.edu.

This is the last big month for student events in the dining hall. Two “Hot Spots” events remain, including celebrating National BLT Month on April 17. April 10 will see our local coffee distributor, Ellis, introducing some of its new items to students.

Surf & Turf night, where students will be able to have all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab legs, is April 25. And the ever-popular Flapjack Fest is on April 29. Once the Dining Hall closes at 8 p.m. that night, employees will quickly switch over and get breakfast ready for the students. When 9 p.m. rolls around, the doors will open and faculty will serve students an all-you-can-eat breakfast spread until midnight to fuel them as they head into finals week.

Want to send a special end-of-year gift? Check out the goodies for sale on the Dining Services website and send your student a snack to fuel study sessions or just to show you’re thinking about him or her. You can take a look at what is on offer online.

As always, check out Dining Services’ social media channels for more details on all upcoming events and also to learn more about the “Did You Know” campaign where information is shared about topics involving health knowledge, and local and sustainability efforts.


Meaningful Ways to Support F&M 

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 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. All gifts also go toward the College’s “Now to Next” campaign total. If you haven't yet had the chance to make your annual gift, we hope you will consider making a contribution today. Thank you! 

Upcoming Events for Alumni and Parents:

April 14
Second Annual F&M Lavender Graduation
Lancaster, Pa.

April 17
The Nature of Hope and a Pathway to Resilience, at Work and in Life

April 18
F&M Happy Hour in Baltimore


See even more events here!


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