"'Let your life speak' has been a much beloved phrase on Swarthmore's campus over the years. In this, our sesquicentennial year
, it describes so well the testimonies of our alumni
who are using their education to improve the world, to work for a more just and humane society, and to make the ways of the world more moral, more right, more good.
"Today, cultural attitudes and practices are changing rapidly around everything from technology to finances to globalization. Swarthmore is boldly and thoroughly seeking to cultivate a 21st-century campus culture where every student is respected and safe, is expected to take responsibility for his or her actions, and is free to concentrate on attaining a superb education in order to improve the world.
"This quest for intellectual independence, for rigor and creativity, and for integration of breadth and depth is our purpose, our tradition, and our future." - President Rebecca Chopp