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Matchbox Couples Share Their #SwatLoveStory

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Hundreds have met their match at Swarthmore — it’s called the ‘Quaker matchbox’ for a reason. So this Valentine’s Day, we asked for heartwarming stories of the alumni who met their special someone because of Swarthmore. And our Matchbox couples did not disappoint. Alumni who hail from near and far shared their first encounters, including some who graduated in the ’60s, some who are graduating this spring, and a couple who found each other in the commotion of Sharples during ‘Screw Your Roommate.’

Click on the pictures below and read more about how our alumni first met their significant other as told in their own words. Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Matchbox Couple stories featured here were self-submitted to the communications office between Jan. 26 and Feb. 8. following social media solicitations. If you would like to submit your Matchbox Couple story for a future post, email

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