William Smith students will take part in one of the College’s oldest traditions, Moving Up Day, on Friday, April 30. The event celebrates academic achievement as members of each class prepare to “move up” to the vacancy left behind by the class a year ahead of them, starting with the seniors ceding their place to the juniors upon graduation.
The celebration will begin for William Smith women at 3:30 p.m., on the Hill, where they will gather with their class to take part in “Hoop Dreams,” a modern take on a tradition. Originally, the charter class rolled huge hoops down the hill to juniors. The hoops were decorated with ribbons representing the colors of the previous classes. When a junior caught the hoop, she tied her own class color ribbon to it. The first junior to catch a hoop was supposed to be the first to be married. The tradition of the hoops continued until the mid ’60s. Today, William Smith women roll hoops down the hill in hopes of being the first to catch their dreams, whatever they may be.
At 4 p.m., the senior class will lead the traditional procession of classes. The Moving Up ceremony takes place at 4:30, in Bristol Gymnasium. Awards will be given in each of the academic divisions (humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences). Prizes are also awarded by the Dean’s Office, Phi Beta Kappa, the Board of Trustees, Alumnae Relations, both William Smith and Hobart senior honor societies (Hai Timiai and Druids), and student governments. In addition to awards for academic achievement, students will also be recognized for character and service. The newest members of the junior and senior honor societies also will be named. The ceremony will include musical performances by Three Miles Lost and soloist Youdlyn Moreau ’13.
A high tea will follow the awards ceremony in Comstock Dining Room. All who attend Moving Up Day are invited.