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Photo Gallery: The 125th Anniversary and Founders Day Celebration

Founders Day Flash Mob


Visit our Flickr set to see photos from our 125th Anniversary and Founder's Day 2012.

On October 14, 2012, Pomona College invited the College community and the local community to celebrate its 125th anniversary with a party on Marston Quad. Nearly 1,000 off-campus guests joined 2,000 members of the College community for a day of art, music, science, dance and fun.

Marston Quad featured a carousel; bounce castle; educational booths with bees, reptiles and geologic specimens; airbrush tattoos; a dress-up photobooth station; and free snacks like kettle corn, churros, and sno-cones. College and 5-C student groups performed and did demonstrations on stage, entertaining the audience with fencing, flow arts, Kpop dance, a cappella singing, jazz, Bollywood dance, taiko drumming, ballroom dance and Balinese dancing. Throughtout the day, there were demonstrations and performances elsewhere on the Quad, including exhibitions by the 5-C Quidditch team The Dirigible Plums and the Women's and Men's Ultimate Frisbee teams. Near the end of the day, about 250 students treated guests to a flash mob of "Gangnam Style," dancing throughout Marston Quad, organized by the Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company. You can view video of the dance on the right of this page. The evening was topped off by a giant birthday cake.

Outside of the Quad, guests could visit the Pomona College Museum of Art and participate in art-making activities outside. The Pomona College Orchestra performed in Bridges Hall of Music, and Professor Genevieve Feiwen Lee performed John Cage's "Suite for Toy Piano" in the Museum. The Native American Study Collection and Brackett Observatory had open houses, and visitors could experience the field-emission sanning electron microscope in Seaver South and tour the the Chemistry Department's labs. 

As part of Pomona College’s 125th Founder’s Day Celebration, the Draper Center for Community Partnerships hosted the College Prep & Preview Day for more than 500 local students and their families. The day consisted of fun and interesting workshops led by Pomona College professors and students that provided a peak into admissions to and life at a liberal arts college. After the workshops, the students had time to enjoy the festivities on Marston Quad.