Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 1 

Thursday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Legacy of Leadership Exhibition

In celebration of the inauguration of Valerie Smith, we invite you to meet some of the presidents who have steered the College to its current course. This exhibition, curated by the Friends Historical Library and open from Oct. 1-4, features items from the Swarthmore College Archives.

Location: McCabe Library

Friday, Oct. 2


1 p.m.

Tree Planting and Collection

The tree planting will commemorate the original planting in 1869 by Swarthmore’s founders. The Collection that will follow on the lawn will be led by Christopher Densmore, curator of Friends Historical Library, and pose the query: "How am I helping to develop a culture and nurture an environment that sustains and enriches life for all?"

Location: Parrish Beach in front of Clothier Hall 

 Note: The tree planting will go on as planned, rain or shine. If conditions deteriorate during the course of the event, we will move the Collection inside to Parrish Parlors.

6 – 6:45 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Location: Eldridge Commons, Science Center

RSVP Required

7 – 8:45 p.m.

Performing Arts Celebration

A variety of music, dance, and theatrical performances featuring the Swarthmore College Chorus, the Small Chamber Ensemble, the Alumni Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and more, including readings from faculty and staff.

Location: Lang Performing Arts Center

Additional viewing in Upper Tarble, Clothier Hall


9 – 11 p.m.

Jazz Concert: Hans Lüdemann and Trio Ivoire

Pianist and Cornell Visiting Professor Hans Lüdemann performs as part of a trio featuring piano, balaphon, and drums in a performance sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Consortium for Faculty Diversity.

Location: Lang Concert Hall


Saturday, Oct. 3

10 - 11:15 a.m.

Changing Lives: Access and Transformation

Location: Lang Performing Arts Center

Additional viewing in Upper Tarble, Clothier Hall


11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Location: Lang Performing Arts Center lobby

11:45 – 1 p.m.

Changing the World: Local Actions and Global Impacts

Location: Lang Performing Arts Center

Additional viewing in Upper Tarble, Clothier Hall


1 – 2:30 p.m.

(Noon - 2:30 p.m. for students)


Location: Sharples Lawn under the tent

Additional seating will be available in Sharples Dining Hall

RSVP Required

3:15 p.m.

Installation Procession

Included are delegates from dozens of colleges and universities around the country, escorted by members of the faculty, who will march in the order of their institution's founding.

Location: Lamb-Miller Field House

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Installation Ceremony

A complete list of speakers

Location: Lamb-Miller Field House

The ceremony will be livestreamed.

5:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Campus Celebration

Featuring student a cappella, dance, and spoken word performances. 

Location: Parrish Beach under the tent

Additional seating will be available in Sharples Dining Hall

RSVP Required



The fireworks have been postponed to a later date to be determined. 

7:15-9:30 p.m.

DJ Dance Party

Location: Parrish Beach under the tent