Commencement has come and gone, classes may be over, but there is plenty of bustle during the summer days on Pomona’s campus. Whether it’s work or play, research or reading, the College is still alive with activity. Here (in no particular order) is a list of what’s happening at Pomona this summer:

1. Summer research. Listen closely: that’s the sound of synapses firing. The Pomona Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURPS) is funding 175 projects across disciplines. These SURPS include projects where students assist Pomona faculty with research, as well as students working on their own independent projects.

2. Folk-chella. Move over Coachella and Stagecoach! Folk music aficionados will gather at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater for the 34thAnnual Claremont Folk Festival on May 19. The festival includes a full day and evening of music, workshops, food and beverages. Tickets can be purchased online.

3. Turning the page. This summer’s Pomona College community book tackles one of the top national and international political issues – the struggles of refugees. Incoming new students and Sagehens from across the College are reading Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, a story of love, loyalty and courage. A New York Times bestseller, it was named in 2017 as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review

4. Pomona Academy for Youth Success (PAYS). Local high school students will be our guests from June 17 to July 13 as part of PAYS, a rigorous college-prep immersion experience for underrepresented youth. Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors participate in an array of programs to challenge them academically and to develop a peer group striving for success in selective four year institutions. Pomona professors will teach courses and Pomona students will be tutors. 

5. ’Cause baby you’re a firework! True to tradition, Strehle Track will host the City of Claremont’s Fourth of July fireworks show in celebration of Independence Day. The city's festivities will include a pancake breakfast, a 5K/1K run, as well as festival booths and a parade in downtown Claremont. The fireworks show will feature live pre-show music by The Ravelers and the Kiwanis Club will fire up the grill for some barbecue. 

6. Tour time. Look both ways because you might bump into intrepid students braving the sun and leading tours of our lovely campus. Tours for prospective students and their families are held twice a day. Check here for the schedule.

7O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet: An ASL Love Story and As You Like It will be performed on alternate nights by local professional theatre troupe Ophelia’s Jump, at 8 p.m., July 12 to 22 at Sontag Greek Theatre. Prior to the performances on Saturdays, there will be a festival featuring local artists, musicians and vendors starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for general admission. For more information, contact: info@opheliasjump.org or call (909) 734-6565.

8. Stage and sport. Athletes and musicians will gather for camps, workshops and performances. Our company for the next few months includes: Project Think, an academic enrichment program; the Southern California Violin Makers Workshop; the Southern California Jim Bush Track and Field Championships; and basketballfootballbaseball and soccer Pomona-Pitzer athletics camps.

9. Getting oriented.  Pomona will be flush with first-years arriving for Orientation Week beginning Saturday, Aug. 25. The fun starts on campus but doesn’t stop here. Students will go on to Orientation Adventures to make new friends and memories.