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Garnet Homecoming Alumni Events

Reunite with classmates, teammates, and friends at these alumni-focused events throughout the weekend.

Note: When registering you will be asked to indicate which events you plan to attend so that we may plan appropriately.


    The Garnet Hall of Fame was established to commemorate exceptional performance by teams and individuals associated with Swarthmore College Athletics. It is intended to recognize those who have brought distinction to themselves and the College through their accomplishments in athletics and contributions to their community and society. Tickets may be purchased during registration.

    Friday, 6 p.m. Upper Tarble


    Crisis of '69 - A Sankofa Moment
    The word Sankofa is from the Akan language of Ghana, West Africa and is one of the Asante Adinkra symbols. One representation of the symbol is a bird with its head turned towards its back with an egg in its mouth. The symbol is often associated with the proverb, “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki” which means in English “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you have forgotten”.

    The so called "Crisis of '69" provides us with a Sankofa moment today. An opportunity to go back to '69 to honor and reflect on the work, risk and sacrifice of Swarthmore African-American Student Society members who led a peaceful 8-day sit-in in the College Admissions Office in January 1969. This direct action called Swarthmore to live up to its ideals and led to gains that included increased recruitment of Black students, faculty and staff, and the establishment of Robinson House as the Black Cultural Center.

    This two part panel includes Swarthmore alums who were involved in the sit-in as well as some who came after. Join us as we dialogue about the important lessons of that time and discuss what is important to carry forward from that historical moment into the present and future - as Black students and alumni and as members of the larger Swarthmore Community.

    Moderator: Sharon Brown
    Panelists: Joyce Baynes, Shameika Black, Harold Buchanan, Jannette Domingo, Clinton Etheridge, Marilyn Holifield, Marilyn Maye, Don Muzell, Rosalind Plummer, and James White.

    Saturday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Science Center 199


    Join past and present Munkies celebrating their 25 years of theatrics for drop-in improvisational games.

    Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. in Kohlberg 114

    Please join Munkies of all walks of life in a rousing 25th-anniversary reunion improvisational show.

    Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. in Science Center 101

    Officially founded in 1986 during Black Alumni Weekend, the choir's roots go back to the early 1970s. They have produced two CDs, much of it original music.

    In 1996, the choir issued "Hallelujah! Amen," its first CD; the group followed up in 2000 with "Star Gazer," a collection of holiday advent music. The net proceeds of their sales fund two college scholarships. In 1999, Swarthmore awarded the Joseph B. Shane Alumni Service Award to the choir for "outstanding service and commitment to Swarthmore College." This summer, they toured Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic with the Brockman Institute.

    Saturday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Friends Meeting House