Following the ceremony, the community will engage in a time of celebration on Parrish Beach and the lawn outside Sharples Dining Hall. Five student a cappella groups will perform, as will the Terpsichore and Rhythm and Motion Dance groups. Isaac Akrong and the African drum and dance ensemble will feature audience participation. The poetry group OASiS ( Our Art Spoken in Soul) will perform one-minute sets between a cappella and dance performances. International foods will be served. The celebration will conclude with a fireworks display.
Chaverim is a Tri-College, co-ed a cappella group with members from Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr Colleges. We sing songs from many countries, including traditional folk songs, rock and popular music, and original compositions.
Grapevine is Swarthmore College's only all-female a cappella group. They are the self-described most fun, most female, most fruity group on campus.
Mixed Company is Swarthmore's oldest co-ed a cappella group, founded in 1991. Mixed Company performs several times each semester at Swarthmore in a variety of styles, ranging from pop and rock to ballads and R&B.
Our Art Spoken in Soul (OASiS) began as a student group to develop and share slam poetry either individually or in groups of up to four people, dealing with a wide range of topics. Members of the group often compete against other slam poetry teams around the nation.
OffBeat is Swarthmore’s latest and greatest a cappella group, performing everything from the newest Top 40 hits to slow, beautiful ballads. We could not be more honored to sing at the inauguration of Swarthmore’s 15th president!
Rhythm n Motion
Rhythm and Motion is a dance company made up of a group of individuals from a broad range of dance backgrounds united in our passion and love of dance. The group focuses on the African Diaspora influenced styles of dance including jazz, hip hop, salsa, and African.
Sixteen feet is a student-lead, all-male a cappella group. They can often be seen performing gigs both on and off campus in their signature plaid shirts, denim jeans, and bare feet.
Terpsichore is Swarthmore's only open student dance group. Our performances feature a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz.
Associate in Performance Isaac Akrong hails from the Ga people of the coastal belt of Ghana, West Africa, and has performed West African traditional dance and drumming forms for over four decades. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Ghana and holds an M.A. in dance and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from York University. Akrong has taught West African drumming and dance at York, Wesleyan, and Ryerson Universities, as well as directs the Toronto-based African Dance Ensemble. With friends, he will perform kpanlogo, a popular recreational drumming and dance of the Ga people.