We celebrated a wonderful Commencement Weekend last month at F&M. Five hundred forty graduates received their diplomas, as family and friends celebrated with them, under beautiful blue skies.
There were many highlights of the weekend… check out this video to experience the excitement! We hope you will visit the links below to enjoy a further glimpse into this momentous occasion:
- The F&M Commencement 2019 Wrap-Up (including photos)
- The speech from Commencement Speaker Rahel Nardos '97
- President Barbara Altmann's speech to the graduates
- The Williamson Medalist's address
This summer, more than 90 students have remained on campus to pursue research projects. F&M provides funding support for these students to pursue research with an F&M faculty mentor full-time, for 10 weeks. The most common source of these funds is the Lucille and William Hackman endowment, so many of the scholarships are referred to as “Hackman Scholarships.” This summer, there are 78 Hackman scholars.
We are incredibly proud to offer students the opportunity to engage in collaborative research with faculty every year. These hands-on experiences may result in a shared byline on a published article or the opportunity to attend a world-class conference. These opportunities are priceless.
To pursue collaborative research projects, F&M students explore their interest with professors during the fall semester and, after rigorous application and proposal processes, begin their 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 next academic year and continue their work with faculty in independent research courses.
Last year, summer scholars had a liberal arts experience among Mayan ruins in Belize, measured smartphone app updates, built a robot with lasers, flight-of-time cameras and coding, and much more. F&M’s dedicated faculty, who are committed to student development and achievement, mentor students in exploring their communities and their world and extending their classroom knowledge through these summer research opportunities. During TRUE BLUE Weekend in October, visit the Fall Research Fair to learn what students and faculty discovered this summer.
Franklin & Marshall College’s fiscal year ends Sunday, June 30. As a parent, you have a unique opportunity to powerfully reaffirm the ideals at the heart of F&M’s mission. Your support of the Franklin & Marshall Fund provides students with outstanding facilities and programs that nurture their academic, intellectual and co-curricular growth. The Franklin & Marshall Fund furthers your student’s college experience by providing financial resources to support faculty, programs and educational opportunities.
Well over 900 F&M parent households have already made gifts to F&M during this fiscal year. Many have joined the Benjamin Franklin Society with leadership support. Whether your donation is large or small, is unrestricted or designated to your student’s academic department, financial aid or the Diplomat Athletic Club, please give to F&M today.
Follow this link to make a gift using our secure online site, learn how to give securities or via a Donor-Advised Fund, set up a monthly giving plan or find our mailing address. Your gift may be made in honor of your son or daughter, or a favorite professor or professional staff member.
Thank you for your consideration!
Links of Interest
Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni
"Costuming the Crown" at the Winterthur Museum
F&M Connecticut Private Tour of Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
West Hartford, Conn.
F&Mily Night with the Baltimore Orioles