Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend 2016

Friday, Oct. 28–Sunday, Oct. 30

Alumni, parents, and students gather in front of Parrish Hall.

Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend brings together the Swarthmore community to celebrate what makes Swarthmore special for each of us. Attend lectures, cheer on Garnet sports teams, or just enjoy spending time with friends and family on Parrish Beach. We can't wait to have you back on campus.

Highlights of Garnet Weekend 2016 include:

Join Swarthmore President Valerie Smith, Provost Tom Stephenson (Swarthmore’s chief academic officer), and members of the faculty as they welcome you and take your questions about life on campus and in the classroom.

  • GARNET WEEKEND TAILGATE

    Come watch the Garnet take on the competition at a tailgate hosted by The Swarthmore Fund and the Garnet Club! Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages including beer, hard cider, and non-alcoholic drinks.  

  • McCABE LECTURE

​This year’s lecturer is alumnus Patrick Awuah Jr. '89, whose story is equal parts inspiring and amazing. Patrick arrived at Swarthmore in 1985 from the West African nation of Ghana with $50 in his pocket and an openness to explore all the possibilities life offered. After graduating, he began a promising career at Microsoft. Six years into it, he started wondering about his purpose in life, a quest that ultimately led to  his founding of the liberal arts institution Asheshi University in his native country. He considers Asheshi “an expression of the essence of Swarthmore College.”
Awuah's lecture will address the challenges and opportunities Africa faces—and why he has come to believe more strongly than ever that a liberal arts education is fundamentally important to Africa's future.