5/02/2019 Office of Parent Relations

May 2019

Last-Minute Commencement Details

F&M’s Commencement Weekend is right around the corner, May 10-11!

Last month, it was announced that the Commencement speaker will be F&M alumna Dr. Rahel Nardos ’97. Read more about Dr. Nardos and her work helping women in poor countries achieve optimal health care on the F&M website.

If your student is graduating May 11, we urge you to read all the details on the Commencement Website. Here you will find information about our honorary degree recipients, the schedule and locations for all weekend events, and an FAQ page that covers everything from parking to watching the ceremony online.

We look forward to a terrific weekend!


Summer Renovations on Campus

In the coming weeks, our outstanding Facilities and Operations staff will hit the ground running on summer renovation projects. In addition to overseeing work on the Susan & Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center, they have many projects on campus to keep the facilities, grounds and residences in top shape.

Continuing its work from the last two summers, Facilities and Operations resumes the College’s residence hall updates, ensuring that our students have comfortable places to call their home away from home during the academic year. One of the more noticeable projects will be the complete renovation of Schnader Residence Hall, which is set to begin Monday, May 6.  

As for other improvements around campus, plans include replacing the dance floor in the Roschel Performing Arts Center, replacing the bleachers in Mayser Gymnasium, classroom updates in Stager Hall, and some painting refreshes in Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy and in the Patricia E. Harris Center for Business, Government & Public Policy.


Important Fall Dates

The spring semester hasn't yet officially completed, but many staff and faculty at the College are in the midst of plans for the fall 2019 semester. Some important dates to keep in mind:

  • International Student Orientation
    Tuesday, Aug. 20 - Friday, Aug. 23
  • College Houses open for first-year students
    Saturday, Aug. 24, at 8:30 a.m.
  • New Student Orientation
    Saturday, Aug. 24 - Tuesday, Aug. 27
  • On-campus housing opens for sophomores, juniors and seniors
    Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m.
  • Fall semester begins
    Wednesday, Aug. 28
    Note: Classes will be held on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2)
  • Fall break
    Begins Friday, Oct. 4, at 4:30 p.m.; ends Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. 
  • True Blue Weekend
    Friday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 27; visit this page for more information.
  • Thanksgiving recess
    Begins Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 6:05 p.m.; ends Monday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m.
  • Fall semester classes end 
    Friday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Winter recess begins
    Sunday, Dec. 15

For more details about the upcoming academic calendar, and to see dates through spring 2021, visit the calendar web page


Stories from the Spring Research Fair

Each year, our students are given the opportunity to pursue research on their own and with the help of our outstanding faculty. Not every college offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to have these sorts of unique educational experiences. These opportunities are priceless.

If you haven’t yet had the chance, read about some of the stories told at this year’s Spring Research Fair. From examining German energy policy in German to exploring the ethical implications of public transportation, these students are getting hands-on experiences that will benefit them well beyond their four years at the College.

Read their stories:


Start a Tradition

We can't thank you enough for all the support we get from parents, both through your volunteerism and through your generous financial contributions. When you make a gift to the College, it is a vote of confidence for all that F&M does to support and elevate your students and their educational experiences. The College’s fiscal year is quickly coming to a close, so, if you haven't done so already, please make your gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund by June 30.

We hope your students continue this tradition of philanthropy as F&M alumni. Their participation means a great deal, and it strengthens the value of their degree by making F&M strong for the future.

Throughout their final year, students learn the importance of philanthropy through Senior Campaign, an effort that encourages seniors to follow in the footsteps of alumni and begin their giving at F&M. Students discover why their gifts matter, how alumni participation impacts the value of an F&M degree, and what it means to be an F&M alum. 

Many students designate their first gifts to support their favorite campus groups, organizations or teams. Students also may choose to give in honor of a favorite or influential professor. Many student-athletes give to support Diplomat Athletics -- 186 students gave during March’s Raise Our Game campaign. This simple gesture is such a wonderful way to begin a lifelong relationship with the College.

If your student is able, we hope that he or she will commemorate his or her final year at F&M with a departing gift -- the first among what we hope will be many over the course of a lifetime of support and involvement with their F&Mily.


Upcoming Events for Alumni and Parents:

May 15
F&Mily Night with the Washington Nationals
Washington, D.C.

May 18
From Civvies to Skivvies: Remembering F&M's Contribution to World War I
Lancaster, Pa.

May 19
F&M SoCal Tours the Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego

May 19
F&M SoCal Tours the LACMA
Los Angeles


See even more events here!


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