Skip to main content

Alumni Weekend 2022

One Swarthmore

Alumni gather under a tent on Parrish Beach

Department Overview

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, alumni, families, and friends returned to campus May 26 to 29 for Alumni Weekend 2022. This year's gathering was a joyful celebration of "One Swarthmore," inviting back all alumni to join those celebrating milestone reunions this year or who missed their on-campus celebrations in 2020 and 2021. More than 1,400 guests accepted the College's invitation and members of the classes of 1947 through 2017 marched in the Parade of Classes.

On Friday night, Bob Putnam ’63 hosted a discussion, "Swarthmore in the Sixties" Comparing Memories," based on his prize-winning 2020 book, "The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again."

During Saturday's Alumni Collection, Alumni Council President BoHee Yoon ’01 began with a moment of silence to mark and remember the lives lost to COVID-19 before awarding this year's alumni service awards. The Rev. Paula Lawrence-Wehmiller ’67 gave this year's Collection address, "Parable: The Language of the Heart." Despite a surprise rainstorm and COVID restrictions, the Chester Children's Chorus put on a lively performance for attendees on Saturday afternoon.

Class reunion committees planned a wide range of activities throughout the weekend, including lectures, campus tours, pickleball, wine and saké tastings, memorials, singalongs, and performances by alumni bands. Affinity groups, including the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network and LGBTQ+ Alumnx Network, organized events for alumni to connect with these growing organizations, such as a the Drag Queen Story Hour with Lil Miss Hot Mess ’06. A special thank you to all of our reunion committee members this year and over the past two years who worked hard to find safe, accessible, and fun ways for classes to reconnect and reunite!