Moving Up Day, one of the most treasured traditions of William Smith College, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the Bristol Gym. This prestigious ceremony will begin with the traditional procession of William Smith Students, by class year, down the Hill at 4 p.m. Led by the Class of 2011 carrying a laurel garland, the procession will lead into Bristol Gym to begin the awards ceremony. Students are encouraged to wear their class colors for both the procession and ceremony.
The ceremony honors each and every William Smith woman and her accomplishments. Following the traditional welcome by Dean of William Smith Cerri Banks, the ceremony will include the presentation of various awards from each academic arena: humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences. The Board of Trustees, the Dean’s Office, Alumnae Relations, Hai Timiai, the Druids, William Smith Congress and Phi Beta Kappa will also award prizes for academic achievement, service and character. Moving Up Day will feature the sharing of class legacies, the introduction of new student leaders, and musical performances by the female acapella group, Three Miles Lost.
The new members of both Hai Timiai and the Laurel Society will also be introduced. Hai Timiai is the senior honor society comprised of William Smith women who possess outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, character and service. The new members of Hai Timiai are selected by outgoing senior members. The Laurel Society is the junior honor society, comprised of women who have demonstrated a solid commitment to the community, leadership ability, social awareness and academic achievement.
Following the Moving Up Day ceremony students, friends, families, alumnae, staff, administrators and faculty are invited to high tea and a reception in the library atrium beginning at 6 p.m.