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Alumni Weekend 2020

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Department Overview

Additional Information on Alumni Weekend 2020 & 2021

The following message was sent to all alumni celebrating a milestone reunion in 2020 or 2021 on Monday, April 20. 


I write today to share with you our revised plans for Alumni Weekend 2020 and 2021. As you know, this year’s Alumni Weekend was canceled as part of Swarthmore’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Alumni & Parent Engagement team understands how disappointing this news was for those of you celebrating a milestone reunion this year and we’ve spent the past month considering alternative arrangements.

Given the unique circumstances and the particular challenges of this pandemic, we are excited to share the plan that we feel best meets the needs of our community: cluster reunions during Alumni Weekend 2021. A cluster reunion is when two classes celebrate the same reunion together. For example, the Classes of 1995 and 1996 will celebrate a joint 25th reunion. All alumni whose graduation year ends in 0, 1, 5, 6, and the Classes of 2018 and 2019, are invited to Alumni Weekend 2021, May 28–30. Save the date!

Celebrating reunion as a community is central to the reunion experience. We believe that having even more classes celebrating together will heighten that experience and offer attendees new opportunities to connect and engage with fellow alumni. While clusters will celebrate together, we are committed to offering individual classes opportunities to gather on their own as well.

Thank you for your support, patience, and flexibility during this unprecedented time as we work to ensure that everyone has a safe and fulfilling reunion experience. We look forward to working with the reunion committees to plan an extraordinary Alumni Weekend 2021. Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved with planning these cluster reunions, as well as ways to connect with classmates virtually, later this spring.

Be well,

Lisa Shafer
Senior Director, Alumni & Parent Engagement
Swarthmore College


Additional Information on Celebrating Black Excellence events at Alumni Weekend

The following message was sent to all Black alumni on Tuesday, April 21.

Dear members of the Black Alumni Network,

We write today to share with you our revised plans for Alumni Weekend 2020 and 2021. As you know, all College events through May 31, including Alumni Weekend 2020, were canceled as part of Swarthmore’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This unfortunately impacted a number of Celebrating Black Excellence events, including festivities planned for Alumni Weekend.

We have decided to move the Celebrating Black Excellence events planned for Alumni Weekend 2020 to Alumni Weekend 2021, May 28–30. We invite all Black alumni, regardless of class year, to join us on campus for these special events and opportunities to gather and engage with one another. Save the date!

In the meantime, we are exploring opportunities to host virtual versions of the events we had planned for this spring. More information will follow.

Finally, please join us in thanking our 2020 organizers for their hard work and dedication: Kip Davis ’75, Timothy Harrison ’87, D. Amari Jackson ’88, Nicole O’Dell Odim ’88, Keith Reeves ’88, Robin Bennefield ’91, Kimberly Mealy ’93.


Jaky Joseph ’06, SBAN Co-Chair
Tracey Patillo ’90, SBAN Co-Chair
Caitlin Halloran Edwards, Alumni & Parent Engagement