Moving Up Day, one of the oldest and fondest William Smith College traditions, was held on Friday, April 26, and began with the annual gathering at the top of William Smith Hill.
Following the procession down the hill, the ceremony commenced under a tent on Stern Lawn with a closing reception in the L. Thomas Melly Academic Center of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Students, their families, alumnae, faculty and administrators took part in the annual celebration, which acknowledges William Smith students for their achievements, inducts new members of the Hai Timiai Honor Society and the Laurel Honor Society, and recognizes each class as they move up to the next.
Moving Up Day prepares each class to “move up” to the vacancy left by the class that’s ahead of them, starting with William Smith seniors ceding their place to the juniors upon graduation.
Each year, students gather at the top of the Hill and proceed to the event carrying their class banners as part of the annual custom. Students are encouraged to wear their class colors to the event in order to display, support and honor their class membership. The event allows students to celebrate and share in one another’s achievements over the past year.
Moving Up Day followed last year’s theme, “Women Moving Women Up.” This theme focuses on celebrating the empowerment of women, through women, by women.