Sesquicentennial Feature Stories

  • Marking the Sesquicentennial

    Marking the Sesquicentennial

    How do you celebrate 150 years? Let us count the ways!

  • Listen: Invoking the Spirit

    Listen: Invoking the Spirit

    A Founders Day concert performed by the College's chorus and orchestra sends a year of sesquicentennial celebrations out on a high note.

  • Infinite Creativity

    Infinite Creativity

    A new Sesquicentennial exhibit, co-curated by Carin Berkowitz and biologist Scott Gilbert, celebrates Joseph Leidy, the College's first biology professor and a leader in American paleontology, protozoology, and parasitology.

  • Watch: All-Alumni Reunion Weekend

    Watch: All-Alumni Reunion Weekend

    More than 2,800 people celebrated a party 150 years in the making.

  • Commencement through the Years

    Commencement through the Years

    From the first graduating class to those of more recent years, this gallery features images of commencement in honor of Swarthmore's sesquicentennial.

  • My Swarthmore, in 150 Words or Less

    My Swarthmore, in 150 Words or Less

    For Swarthmore's sesquicentennial, alumni from the '30s to the '13s speak about the significance of the College in their lives. Says one: "Swarthmore nurtured a sense of unshakeable purpose at the heart of my personal life and my professional aspirations."

  • Watch: Symposium on the Future of the Liberal Arts

    Watch: Symposium on the Future of the Liberal Arts

    This thought-provoking symposium featured alumni in higher education leadership roles, including keynote speaker Mary Schmidt Campbell '69.

  • Swarthmore Timeline

    Watch: Swarthmore Launches Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Students, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered in McCabe Library for the celebration, which featured iconic Parrish Hall rendered in cake form.

  • Swarthmore Timeline

    Swarthmore Timeline

    Explore and contribute to a timeline that includes archival video and highlights from the College's past.

  • The Swarthmore 150

    The Swarthmore 150

    This list, curated by current and past students, is about what they did, should have done, or wished they had done before they graduated.

  • Share a Memory

    Share a Memory

    Choose from more than a dozen campus images to share with friends via email or social media.

  • Watch: Historic Videos

    Watch: Historic Videos

    Enjoy some highlights from the College's archival film collection, which dates back to the 1920s.

  • Magill's Rules

    Magill's Rules

    As the College's second president, Edward Magill instituted his 100 Rules - strict rules of social conduct - soon after taking office in 1871. How times have changed!