Moving Up Day, one of the oldest and most treasured William Smith College traditions, will be held on Friday, April 25. The event will begin with the gathering of students on the Hill at 4 p.m., with the ceremony scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. on Smith Green.
After the procession down the Hill, William Smith Dean Susanne McNally will provide the opening remarks, followed by the presentation of awards and prizes to students. Awards will be presented for civic leadership and community service, as well as achievements in specific academic disciplines.
Students, alums, staff and faculty are invited to take part in the annual celebration, which celebrates the accomplishments of all William Smith students and inducts new members of the Hai Timiai Honor Society and the Laurel Honor Society. The ceremony also recognizes each class as they “move up” to fill the vacancy left by the class ahead of them, starting with William Smith seniors ceding their place to the juniors upon graduation.
Each year, the annual custom begins when students gather at the top of the Hill and proceed to the event carrying their class banners. Students are encouraged to wear their class colors to the event in order to display, support and honor their class membership. The Class of 2014 is green, to represent fidelity and friendship; the Class of 2015 is blue, meaning faith and hope; the Class of 2016 is yellow, symbolizing loyalty and joy; and the Class of 2017 is red, for respect and passion.
This year’s Moving Up Day will follow the theme of the past few years, “Women Moving Women Up.” This theme focuses on celebrating the empowerment of women, through women, by women.