Centennial Weekend Countdown – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Centennial Weekend Countdown

From High Tea to the Centennial Gala, the weekend of Nov. 7-9 is filled with a wonderful array of events. See below for the entire schedule.

To get your all-access pass for the eventful weekend (an official HWS lanyard), HWS students must register online. After registering, students can pick up their lanyards at the Pre-Gala Birthday Party, held on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the Scandling Campus Center.

Sponsored by the residents of the Centennial House, birthday party refreshments will be served. In addition to being able to pick up lanyards, the first 100 attendees will receive a free “William Smith is my Homeboy” T-shirt.

Thursday, Nov. 6

5-7 p.m. Join the residents of the Centennial House and HWS students in the Scandling Campus Center for party refreshments to celebrate the Centennial at the Pre-Gala Birthday Party. Students are asked to pick up their official, Centennial lanyards at the party. The lanyard is your all-access pass to the Centennial festivities!

Centennial Headquarters

Alums and non-student guests should start their weekend at Centennial Headquarters in the Library Atrium. The Headquarters will be open on Friday, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pick up your official Centennial packet including your name tag, tickets to events and the final schedule for the weekend. Register for Saturday’s Centennial College sessions. Refreshments available.

Friday, Nov. 7

1 p.m. See Geneva in a whole new way on a shuttle tour of historic William Smith properties in Geneva, N.Y. – This event is closed.

4 p.m. A sculpture of William Smith created by Professor of Art A.E. Ted Aub III will be dedicated on the William Smith Circle on the Hill.

4:30 p.m. The annual Traditional High Tea with the Deans will be held in the Comstock Living Room in Comstock Hall on the Hill.

4:30 – 6 p.m. HWS alums, visitors and students with Centennial lanyards can tour Hirshson, Miller, Comstock, Blackwell, McCormick, Hillcrest, Sill, Abbe, Stewardson and Sheppard residence halls during the William Smith Residence Halls Open Houses.

4:45 p.m. Dedication of the Rosensweig Learning Commons on the first floor of the Warren Hunting Smith Library

8 p.m. Looking for an artful addition to Centennial Weekend? Head out to Houghton House Gallery for an exhibition of The Morphology Series, artwork by William Smith alumna Colette Watts Quaglia ’99. While there, visit the new Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center and Goldstein Family Carriage House nearby.

8 p.m. The Great Debate features a live debate by Hobart and William Smith students. Debaters will re-enact early 20th century arguments used to debate whether or not William Smith should open a college for women. Cast your vote in the Great Debate held in St. John’s Chapel. Come see why the Colleges’ Debate Team is one of the best in the country.

Saturday, Nov. 8

9 a.m. Join President Mark D. Gearan, Chair of the Board of Trustees David H. Deming ’75 and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09 for a Special Briefing in the Sanford Room.

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Centennial College Sessions will be held across campus, letting HWS visitors and students alike add intellectual stimulation to your weekend with sessions led by your favorite faculty and staff. For a complete list of the courses and their locations, click here.

11:00 a.m. Speech and book signing by political analyst and commentator Dee Dee Myers will be held in the Wasey Room on the second floor of the Scandling Campus Center.

11:45 a.m. William Smith Alumnae Association Centennial Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Dee Dee Myers will be held in the Vandervort Room on the second floor of the Scandling Campus Center. — Reservations required, space is Limited.

1:30 p.m. An All-Campus Centennial Photo will be held on the Quad, capturing the faces of everyone who joined in the Centennial celebration – don’t miss it!

2:15 p.m. The Centennial Center for Leadership  – located at 603 South Main Street – will be dedicated and have its official ribbon cutting. The center is one of the most innovative new spaces on campus, combining community, leadership and staff resources.


With guest emcees, an Oscars-style green carpet and performances by Atlas, Gearan’s Garage Band, 3 Miles Lost and The Hobartones, the Gala is sure to be the biggest event in the Colleges’ history since they were founded. The Gala will be held at the Bristol Field House.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-century event!

Registration is required for the event. To be permitted into the gala, all attendees must have a Centennial lanyard. To receive your lanyard, register online and pick your lanyard up at the Pre-Gala Party.

Parking is limited, shuttles will circle between Medbery Parking Lot, Odell’s Parking Lot and Bristol Field House every 15 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m.