All Weekend Events


Welcome and Registration

Parrish Hall, West Parlor
Stop by to pick up name tags and a schedule for the weekend.

Swarthmore Black Alumni Network Executive Committee Meeting

The Inn at Swarthmore, The Ingleneuk Room

Alumni Council Executive Committee Meeting

101 S. Chester Rd., Room 002
Executive Committee only.

Black Cultural Center Open House

Black Cultural Center, Robinson House
All are welcome to join Director Dion Lewis, Dean Jason Rivera, and Associate Dean T. Shá Duncan Smith for light refreshments at the Black Cultural Center.

Japanese Origami and Calligraphy Workshop

Kohlberg Hall, Room 228
How can you turn an ordinary piece of paper into a beautiful work of art? How do you write your name in Japanese? How do you hold a calligraphy brush? Drop by our Japanese program workshop for a quick lesson from our students. No prior knowledge of calligraphy or origami needed. Children are welcome.
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Alumni Council New Member Orientation

101 S. Chester Rd., Room 002
New members only.

Quakers, Swarthmore, and the Underground Railroad: A Walking Tour

Friends Historical Library, McCabe Main Level
Join Celia Caust-Ellenbogen '09, Friends Historical Library archivist, on a walking tour of campus to learn about the families behind some of Swarthmore's most familiar landmarks, such as Parrish, Magill, and Clothier. We'll explore their connections to abolitionism, African-American education, and the Underground Railroad, and discuss how these legacies relate to Swarthmore College's current efforts to create a diverse and inclusive environment.
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Alumni Council Practice Interviews

Clothier, Upper Tarble
The Alumni Council offers practice interview opportunities to students in 30 to 60 minute time blocks. Optional.

Intercultural Center & International Student Center Open House

Sproul Hall, Hormel-Nguyen Intercultural Center, Room 201
Tour this beautiful new space—the Hormel-Nguyen Intercultural Center at Sproul Hall—and meet the teams of the three centers located within: the International Student Center, the Interfaith Center, and the Intercultural Center. Find out more about their work today as collaborative partners, how it impacts your student or compares to your own experience on campus, and learn how you can be a part of the new Center's success. Light refreshments will be served.

Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility & Office of Sustainability Open House

Lang Center
Stop by the Lang Center and Office of Sustainability to learn more about recent student internships and projects, sustainability programs, and other engaged scholarship opportunities while enjoying Insomnia Cookies.

Off-Campus Studies Open House

Cunningham House
Enjoy a slide show of study abroad photos and ask staff members your questions about the Swarthmore Semester and Year Abroad Program. Light refreshments will be served.

Premed and Prelaw Advising Talk

Science Center, Room 105
Is your student planning a career in law or medicine? Health Sciences and Prelaw Adviser Gigi Simeone will talk about applying to medical, dental, and law schools.

Scott Arboretum Open House

Wister Center
Join Scott associates and staff in the beautiful Wister Education Center to unwind and get your weekend started while learning about the campus arboretum. Enjoy wine and cheese; create a craft from nature. Guests can select free Corydalis or Firecracker flower bulbs for their home garden, while supplies last. Members of the Crum Woods Stewardship Committee will be on hand to discuss the newly-approved Restoration Plan, which includes over 40 projects focused on identifying and solving issues that this important natural resource faces.

Volunteer Happy Hour

The Inn at Swarthmore, Broad Table Tavern
Meet and catch up with fellow volunteers while enjoying happy hour specials.

Women's Resource Center Open House

Women's Resource Center
Please join the Women's Resource Center for a Sweet Escape (dessert reception), connect with students, and learn more about what we are doing to promote gender equality at Swarthmore College.

'Black Panther' Panel Discussion

Science Center, Chang Hou Hall, Room 101
Join Swarthmore faculty and students for a panel discussion hosted by the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network about the 2018 blockbuster hit 'Black Panther.'

Hall of Fame Reception & Dinner

Matchbox, Tarble Commons (third floor)
The Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2012 to commemorate exceptional performances by individuals and teams associated with Swarthmore College athletics. Join us as we recognize the 2018 inductees for accomplishment sin athletics and their contributions to their community and society. Dinner at formal program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Preregistration is required.

Students and Alumni Kehilah Shabbat Service

Bond Hall, Common Worship Room, Second Floor
This participatory, inclusive service for Shabbat is open to all. The service and dvar/discussion are led by students—alumni are welcome to contribute and anyone wishing to do so should contact Shabbat Coordinator Simona Dwass (sdwass1@swarthmore.edu). Kehilah, Swarthmore's Jewish Community, is LGBTQ+-affirming. Preregistration is required. Details about religious practice will be collected in a follow up email.

Career Networking Dinner

The Inn at Swarthmore, The Gathering Room
An opportunity for current students to network with Advancement Volunteers. Preregistration is required.

Students and Alumni Kehilah Shabbat Dinner

Bond Hall
A catered kosher Shabbat dinner. All are welcome. You do not need to have attended the earlier Shabbat service. Kehilah is LGBTQ+-affirming. Preregistration is required. Details about dietary restrictions will be collected in a follow up email.

Movie Night with SBAN: Screening of 'Black Panther'

Lang Performing Arts Center, Cinema

Continental Breakfast

Science Center Lobby
Enjoy a complimentary assortment of bagels, pastries, and fresh fruit.

Advancement Volunteer Summit Check-In

Science Center Lobby
Pick up name tags and a schedule for the weekend. Beginning at noon, check-in for Advancement Volunteer Summit will move to Parrish Hall, West Parlor.

President's Welcome

Science Center, Chang Hou Hall, Room 101
Join President Valerie Smith, Provost Sarah Willie-LeBreton, and interim Dean of Students Jim Terhune for an update on Swarthmore College.

Welcome and Registration

Parrish Hall, West Parlor
Pick up name tags and a schedule for the weekend.

WLAX Alumni Game

Clothier Stadium Field

Campus Tour: Admissions

Parrish Hall, Admissions Commons
Student representatives from the Admissions Office will offer tours to prospective students and their families.

Alumni Council Meeting

Science Center, Room 181

Alumni of Color & LGBTQ+ IC Meet and Greet

Sproul Hall, Hormel-Nguyen Intercultural Center, Room 107
LGBTQ+ and Alumni of Color steering committee volunteers meet with key diversity partners and Intercultural Center leaders.

Campus Tour: Art

Parrish Hall Porch
Join Meg Gebhard on a walking tour of the highlights of the Swarthmore College art collection. You'll encounter new discoveries as well as information about the people and processes behind some of the creative works that surround us. Your walk through the halls and grounds of the campus will never be the same! Preregistration is encouraged.
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Center for Innovation and Leadership Workshop

Kohlberg Hall, Room 116
The CIL engages innovative thinking to foster student leadership practice. We believe in dreaming big, embracing failure, having fun, radical collaboration, and having a bias towards action. Please join CIL staff in an interactive session to learn more about how students can engage with and benefit from working with the CIL. Preregistration is encouraged.
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Connection Chairs Meeting

Kohlberg Hall, Room 202

Council on Presidential Initiatives Meeting

Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room

Garnet Club Advancement Council Meeting

Lamb-Miller Field House, Room 113

Kinfolx Affirmation Mentorship Program Training

Clothier Hall, Intercultural Center.
LGBTQ+ Alumni KAMP mentor training. By invitation only.

LGBTQ+ Mentor Training

Clothier Hall
invitation only.

McCabe Library Open House

McCabe Library
Join us at the McCabe Library to explore some of our unique treasures, including the Peace Collection, Friends Historical Library, Color Room, and Rare Book Collection. Coffee and doughnuts will be served.

Parents Council Meeting

The Inn at Swarthmore, Sycamore Room

Reunion Committees Meeting

Kohlberg Hall, Room 334
2nd through 45th Reunion volunteers are invited to come and share their thoughts and questions at this session.

Swarthmore Black Alumni Network Panel

Science Center, Chang Hou Hall, Room 101
An Enduring Legacy: A Celebration of 50 Years of the Swarthmore African-American Students' Society. Join SASS and SBAN for a celebration and reflection of 50 years of activism, community and change, and looking ahead to the next 50 years.

Field Hockey Alumni Game

Clothier Stadium Field

Garnet Weekend Lunch

Sharples Dining Hall
Join your student, other Swarthmore families, and alumni for lunch in Sharples Dining Hall. Lunch is complimentary for Garnet Weekend and Advancement Volunteer Summit attendees. Students may use their meal plans.

SBAN | UII Donor Luncheon

The Inn at Swarthmore, Gathering Room
Join President Valerie Smith and Professor Keith Reeves '88, as well as the Social Justice Legal Interns and their mentors from Keller, Lisgar, & Williams, LLC and the Chester Youth Justice Program for a thank you luncheon to the partners and donors who made this program possible. By invitation only. Preregistration is required.

Softball Alumni Game

Clothier Softball Field

50th Reunion Committee Lunch

The Inn at Swarthmore, Ingleneuk Room
This is a working lunch for 50th Reunion fundraising volunteers. By invitation only.

Dessert Truck

Sharples Patio
Grab a sweet treat courtesy of the Alumni Council

Alumni Council Nominations Committee Meeting

4th Floor Conference Room, 101 S. Chester Rd.
Nominations Committee only.

Men & Women's Swimming vs. McDaniel

Ware Pool

Varsity Volleyball vs. Haverford

Tarble Pavilion Gymnasium

Women's Field Hockey vs. Haverford

Clothier Stadium Field

McCabe Lecture: Dr. Claudia Kawas '74: 'Age Matters: Lessons from the Oldest Old'

Lang Performing Arts Center, Pearson-Hall Theatre
Over the past century, advances in public health and medical science extended life expectancy by more than 28 years. People over the age of 90 are now the fastest growing segment of the population, although little is known about these pioneers of aging. Based in Laguna Woods, California, Dr. Claudia Kawas '74 shares lifestyle and other lessons from individuals in their tenth decade and beyond.

Garnet Weekend Tailgate

Field House Parking Lot
Come watch the Garnet take on the competition at a tailgate hosted by Alumni & Parent Engagement, Athletics, and the Garnet Club! Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages including beer, hard cider, and nonalcoholic drinks. Bring the whole family and enjoy games, crafts, and entertainment.

Alumni Council Meeting

The Inn at Swarthmore, Sycamore Room

Campus Tour: Admissions

Parrish Hall, Admissions Commons
Student representatives from the Admissions Office will offer tours to prospective students and their families.

Campus Tour: Autumn at the Scott Arboretum

Wister Center, Gillespie Room
Enjoy a guided tour showcasing beautiful fall gardens. In the event of inclement weather, staff will be in the Wister Center's Gillespie Room. Space is limited. Priority will be given to preregistered guests.
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McCabe Scholars Fireside Chat with Dr. Claudia Kawas '74

Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Join fellow McCabe Scholars, alumni, and their families for a fireside chat with the 2018 Thomas B. McCabe Lecturer Claudia Kawas '74. Come for thoughtful dialogue, to connect with other McCabes, and light refreshments. By invitation only.

SBAN | UII Intern Presentations

Science Center, Chang Hou Hall, Room 101
Hear SBAN | UII Scholars report on their projects.

Alumni of Color Volunteers and Student Groups Networking Reception

Sproul Hall, Hormel-Nguyen Intercultural Center, Room 107

Council on Presidential Initiatives Breakouts

The Inn at Swarthmore, Gathering Room A+B; Kohlberg Hall, Room 226

LGBTQ+ Alumni Network Volunteers and Student Groups Networking Reception

Clothier Hall, Intercultural Center

Taiko Interactive Drum Workshop

LPAC, Troy Dance Studio
Originating in Japan in the latter half of the 20th century, the ensemble form of Taiko drumming combines rhythm, theater, and dance. Associate Professor of Dance Kim D. Arrow will lead a hands-on workshop of the practice. Preregistration is required.
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Men's Basketball Garnet-Gray Scrimmage

Tarble Pavilion

Swarthmore Black Alumni Network Business Meeting

Science Center, Chang Hou Hall, Room 101
Join SBAN Executive Committee members for the annual network business meeting.

Men's Soccer vs. Haverford

Clothier Stadium Field

President's Reception

Matchbox
Please join President Valerie Smith at this reception in recognition of the positive impact our collective community of parents, alumni, and volunteers can have on the future of Swarthmore. Preregistration is encouraged.

Swarthmore Black Alumni Network Community Dinner

Clothier Hall, Upper Tarble
SBAN and SASS welcome Black alumni to join student groups for a special dinner. Preregistration is encouraged.

Alumni Council Dinner

The Inn at Swarthmore, Sycamore Room

Council on Presidential Initiatives Dinner

The Inn at Swarthmore, Gathering Room

Women's Soccer vs. Haverford

Clothier Stadium Field

Together as One, Divided by None: The Sisters and Brothers of SASS Celebrate 50 Years

Robinson House, Black Cultural Center
Members of SBAN are invited to gather in the Black Cultural Center for a social conclusion to the weekend.

Jasper Spring Quartet

Lang Music Building, Concert Hall

Alumni Council Executive Committee Coffee Meeting

The Inn at Swarthmore, Ingleneuk Room
Executive Committee only.

Alumni of Color Brunch Buffet

Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room

Advancement Volunteer Summit Brunch Buffet

The Inn at Swarthmore, Gathering Room Foyer

Alumni Council Meeting

The Inn at Swarthmore, Sycamore Room

Council on Presidential Initiatives Breakouts

The Inn at Swarthmore, Gathering Room

Alumni of Color Meeting

Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room

Alumni Council Plenary Wrap-up

The Inn at Swarthmore, Sycamore Room

Sharples Lunch

Sharples Dining Hall

LGBTQ+ Meeting

The Inn at Swarthmore, Ingleneuk Room




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